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In this section we aim to include useful text and articles from the hobby covering a broad range of topics. Several of the main fish clubs in the U.K will be contributing material over the coming months.


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Microctenopoma - Small African Climbing Perch for the Community Tank

The smaller climbing perches of the genus Microctenopoma are among the more overlooked oddball fishes in the hobby. For the most part they are hardy, adaptable fish well suited to community tanks alongside species of similar size. Only one or …

Piranhas : Not just killing machines

Piranhas have a reputation for being fierce and dangerous animals that will overwhelm anything they encounter through sheer force of numbers. Though each piranha might be small, they’re well armed with sharp teeth and strong jaws, and as a group …

Visiting the Aquatics Design Centre, London

The Aquatic Design Centre on Great Portland Street is really two businesses in one. Apart from the retail store, of which more will be said shortly, the Aquatic Design Centre also installs and maintains ponds and aquaria. Their client list …

King Of The Aquarium - The Guppy

If a ‘king of the aquarium’ is mentioned these days, it’s usually in a discussion about discus. However, the regal post was held not so long ago by another fish, also very beautiful, and easily accessible to just about every …

The Sucking Loach

The Sucking Loach (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri) Order Cypriniformes, Family Gyrinocheilidae Common names Sucking loach, Indian algae eater, Chinese algae eater, Siamese algae eater, Golden algae eater, Asiatic Scale Sucker Synonyms Psilorhynchus aymonieri, Gyrinocheilus kaznakovi, Gyrinocheilus monchadskii Description The Sucking loach is a …

The Climbing Perch

The Climbing Perch Anabas testudineus By David Marshall The article which follows was written for the web-site of Ryedale Aquarist Society, Pickering, North Yorkshire, England Aquarticles SCIENTIFIC NAME - Anabas testudineus COMMON NAME - Climbing Perch SCIENTIFIC CONFUSION? - With several slight colour and …

Cooling Your Tank In The Summer

Are hot summer days dangerous for my tank? As of the end of June, we entered the wonderful season of summer. But whilst it may be lovely to have an unexpectedly hot sunny week, it’s best not to let those hot …

Herichthys - Colourful, robust cichlids from Mexico

Fish taxonomists currently recognise no fewer than nine species within the genus Herichthys, but only two are regularly seen in the aquarium hobby, the 'true' Texas Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus) and the Green Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis). For a long time …

Buying fish right: tips for safe shopping and mail-ordering

It’s often said by experienced hobbyists that the riskiest part of looking after tropical fish is the first few days immediately after purchase. Fish that are otherwise hardy and adaptable over the long term can be delicate at first and …

Why Scientific Names Are Useful

By Kathy Jinkings Every living organism on the planet that anyone has discovered has a scientific name. These are often called Latin names, but aren't. Some bits are Latin, some bits are Greek, and some bits are gobbledegook that someone …

In The Eye Of The Beholder

If you ask someone to imagine an aquarium, they usually imagine it full of pretty fish - rather like the typical dentist's waiting room tank. Neon tetras feature largely, angel fish, guppies - or sometimes some fat goldfish with pretty …

A glittery rarity: Limia Perugiae at Lee Valley Aquatics

This stunning and unique specimen can finally be found at Lee Valley Aquatics which is based in Essex. Lee Valley Aquatics is an independent aquatics store specialising in all kinds of freshwater fish. These wild-type livebearer fish originate from Dominican Republic …

Whitespot (Ich) And Velvet: How To Tell Them Apart And Treat

There are two common diseases that manifest themselves as white grains on the fins and body: Whitespot and Velvet. The best way to tell them apart is by the size of the grains. Whitespot cysts are larger, more like salt …

The Swordtail

The Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii) Order Cyprinodontiformes , Family Poecilidae Common names Swordtail Synonyms Poecilia hellerii, Xiphophorus hellerii hellerii, Xiphophorus helleri, Xiphophorus guentheri, Xiphophorus jalapae, Xiphophorus brevis, Xiphophorus strigatus Description Although the swordtails commonly seen in shops are usually Xiphophorus hellerii, there are several other related species …

Breeding Corydoras duplicareus

Corydoras duplicareus by Don Kinyon This article first appeared in Potomac Valley Aquarium Society's Delta Tale, Vol 31, # 3-4 In the tributaries of the upper Rio Negro in Brazil, there are a few small catfish with strikingly similar colour patterns. Corydoras …

The rare and remarkable red-eye pufferfish

The red-eye puffers are a quartet of species that are only rarely traded but are eagerly sought out by discerning aquarists. One species, Carinotetraodon lorteti, has been kept infrequently by aquarists for decades, but the three other species, Carinotetraodon irrubesco, …

The care of Cyphotilapia Frontosa

The following article has been provided by Roger Miles who runs Frontosafish. Further details of the fish he currently has available for sale may be found on his website. This article cannot be reproduced without his permission. Whether you decide to …

Visiting Maidenhead Aquatics@ St Albans

The branch of Maidenhead Aquatics at St Albans is one of the biggest in the chain, and is up to the usual high standards fishkeepers expect from the company. Alongside an excellent range of freshwater and marine livestock there is …

In Praise of Vallisneria

Included among the various species of Vallisneria are some of the most adaptable and easy to keep plants available to the aquarist. Rarely expensive, and usually sold in even the smallest stores, Vallisneria are easy to obtain and settle into …

The Giant Loricariid catfish

Sooner or later every visitor to aquarium shops will encounter the suckermouth catfish, members of the Loricariidae. These fish are sold interchangeably as ‘algae eaters’ or ‘plecos’, in spite of being members of one of the largest families of fish. …

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