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Latest fish articles and tips

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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Rift Valley Cichlids, part 2: Marvellous Malawi

Last time we looked at Lake Tanganyika, the largest of the African Rift Valley lakes. While Lake Malawi is a little smaller than Lake Tanganyika, it is home to several times more species of cichlid. Current estimates put the number …

Visit to Maidenhead Aquatics@ St Albans

Maidenhead Aquatics at St Albans is sometimes described as the flagship store in the Maidenhead Aquatics chain. It is certainly one of the largest, with hundreds of display tanks including dedicated systems for soft water fish and marines alongside the …

Botias ---- An Introductory Article

By Michael Ophir 5 years ago, I was in a Local Fish Shop and was looking through some of the fish tanks. I got a glimpse of what was a small Skunk Loach, and then it quickly disappeared into the plants. …

Oscars: everyone's favourite cichlids

The genus Astronotus contains two species, Astronotus ocellatus and Astronotus crassipinnis. The former is the popular Oscar, a fish that has been bred commercially for decades and is easily obtained in a variety of colour morphs, some natural, others artificial. …

The Cleanup Crew

Maintaining an aquarium can, on the one hand, be viewed as the opportunity to watch a little window onto the wonders of nature, with living jewels darting among luxuriant and beautiful water plants. This is the view most of us …

Ricefish: fish for tropical and coldwater nano aquaria

On a recent trip to Maidenhead Aquatics at Harlestone Heath were came across the lovely little Javanese Ricefish Oryzias javanicus, and in the last year or so several shops have started trading the spectacular Sulawesi Ricefish Oryzias woworae. So after decades …

Leaf fish: Challenging predators for the experienced aquarist

Leaf fish are predatory fish that have the shape and mottled brown colour of rotting leaves. In the wild they rely on this camouflage to stay hidden from their prey, which is invariably captured by stealth rather than speed. Most …

Unusual Labyrinth Fish

Gouramis and bettas belong to a group of fishes known as labyrinth fish, characterised by a structure known as a labyrinth organ above the gills. This organ is used for breathing air, being richly supplied with blood vessels. Periodically the …

Store visit: Living Reef Aquatics near Dartford

Living Reef Aquatics specialises in tropical fish, marines, reptiles and amphibians. It’s a big store well worth making an expedition out to. Although the name might suggest a store dedicated to the marine side of the hobby, the freshwater side …

The Platy

The Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus, Xiphophorus variatus ) Order Cyprinodontiformes, Family Poecilidae Common names Platy, Moonfish Synonyms Platypoecilius species Description The platy is an attractive, plump little fish, which has been bred to produce a wide range of beautiful colours to suit everyone’s taste. …

The Bigger Shark-Minnows

The fish tropical fishkeepers call ‘sharks’ or ‘shark-minnows’ are in fact cyprinids of various kinds, mostly from Southeast Asia. The smaller ones are farmed in large numbers, with the Red-Tailed Black Shark, Epalzeorhynchus bicolor, and the Rainbow Shark, Epalzeorhynchos frenatum, …

The Neon Tetra

The Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) Order Characiformes , Family Characidae Common names Neon tetra Synonyms Hyphessobrycon innesi Description The neon tetra is one of the most striking aquarium fish, with a gleaming blue line along the side which gives it it’s common name; they do …

Geophagus

The Eartheaters are a group of fish known for their feeding behaviour by which they sift the substrate of their environment for food. One genus of the group, Geophagus, is popular in the aquatic trade due to its members’ usually …

Showing Fish - An Introduction.

Showing Fish – An Introduction Revised by Rab Dingwall A member of The Ilford and District Aquarists and Pondkeepers Society. I hope that the more established members of the Society will bear with me this month if I devote this part of …

A Review of Hatchetfish

Hatchetfish are a popular group of characins widely available in the aquatic industry. They are known for their unusual body shape with a large muscular convex ventral area as well as their ability to ‘fly’ out of the water using …

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Poecilia sp. "Endlers"

Mr. Gerry Hawksby , an Honorary Member of several Aquarium Societies, is a much respected figure in the Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies. Although killifish are Gerry's 'first love' he has a longtime interest in livebearing species and wrote the …

Peacock Bass - Spectacular Cichlids for Big Aquaria

The fish we call Peacock Bass are in fact cichlids despite their superficial similarity to things like Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides). Fifteen species are currently recognised, all of which are placed in the genus Cichla. …

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Choosing and Using an Aquarium Filter

The importance of proper filtration cannot be overstated. Get the water quality right, and everything else in fishkeeping is easy. Fail to keep the water clean, and your fish will be sickly and probably die. Given that all filters work …

Gertrude's Rainbowfish

Gertrude's Rainbow Pseudomugil gertrudae by Joe Kaznica First published in Gravel Gossip, Diamond State Aquarium Society Aquarticles Gertrude's Rainbow is a very small rainbow fish that is found in northern Australia and New Guinea. It comes from streams in five very localised areas and …

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Wholesale Tropicals: An Aladdin’s Cave of Tropical Fish

Though Wholesale Tropicals isn’t the biggest aquarium shop in Britain, it is consistently placed among the best them. The family-run store is tucked away on the Bethnal Green Road; a few minutes ride on the Number 8 bus from Liverpool …

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