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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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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 …

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 …

Captivating Corydoras

Captivating Corydoras People buy new fish for many reasons - their beauty, interesting habits, the nice green 'community-safe' sticker on the tank... but a lot of little catfish have gone home with someone because the buyer couldn't resist a fish …

Bettas: Who Make the ‘betta’ Tank Mates?

Bettas (commonly known as siamese fighting fish) are one of the most popular fish in the world of fish-keeping. They are native to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. The name ‘betta’ refers to around 70 species of fish and they …

Tanganyikan Shell Dwellers: Fun fish for the small aquarium

The “shell dweller” cichlids of Lake Tanganyika are a group of small fish that spend all their time in and around empty snail shells. Because their maximum length is less than 5 cm and they defend comparatively small territories, they …

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 …

Angelfish: new names, new species

Angelfish are among the most popular of all aquarium fishes. They are available in countless varieties, and their attractive colours, generally peaceful natures, and very unusual shape make them showpiece fish either in a community tank or on their own. …

Your First Aquarium

After much deliberation you have now decided to set up an aquarium in your home. The first question is where do I start. There are lots and lots of books most of which are very helpful, but as always some …

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost With all our modern technology, we can now control nearly every aspect of the environment in our tanks with comparative ease. We can purify our water, harden it, soften it, add trace elements… we can control filtration to a …

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 …

Visiting Maidenhead Aquatics at Bracknell

On our visit to the Bracknell branch of Maidenhead Aquatics we were impressed by both the range of fish on display and the immaculately turned out aquaria. The staff clearly make a real effort to ensure that the store looks …

Tinfoil Barbs

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following article is a revised version of an article which previously appeared in both Ryedale Reporter, the monthly magazine of Ryedale Aquarist Society (England), and the York & District A.S. Newsletter. David made reference to this article for his …

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, …

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 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, …

Start Right With Fish

The following article has been kindly provided by the Calypso Ichthyological Archive. START RIGHT WITH FISHKEEPING Some helpful tips when starting with tropical freshwater fishes Introduction Freshwater tropical fish, as their name suggests, originate in freshwater rivers and lakes in the warmer parts …

The White Cloud Mountain Minnow

The White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes) Order Cypriniformes, Family Cyprinidae Common names Chinese danio, Poor man’s neon Synonyms Aphyocypris pooni Description The white cloud minnow is an active schooling fish suited to temperate aquaria. They are striking fish, not seen to their best when feeling stressed …

The Blue Gourami

As more and more new species of fish arrive in the shops, and already popular species appear in ever more vivid colour variations, it is easy for the aquarist to forget some of the old favourites, and the reasons why …

Banjo Catfishes

A visitor to any aquarium shop at the weekend is likely to encounter a wide range of the populace marvelling over the flashy little fishes glinting around the tanks like multicoloured jewels. Few will take the time to examine the …

A new kind of coldwater fishkeeping: temperate zone fish

Too many aquarists assume that coldwater fishkeeping means goldfish. In fact there’s a wide variety of temperate zone fishes that will do very well in unheated aquaria indoors, even though they won’t survive outdoors in ponds. Ordinary central heating will …

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