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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Unusual catfish, danios, and more at Britain's Aquatic Superstore in

Unusual catfish, danios, and more at Britain's Aquatic Superstore in Bolton BAS Fish for the connoisseur... One of the rarest catfish in the hobby, Neosilurus ater is a freshwater catfish from Papua New Guinea. It is one of the Plotosidae, with the marine …

Discus, Queen of the Aquarium

By Neale Monks The discus is considered by many to be the finest of all freshwater aquarium fish. It is certainly a handsome animal; regular, wild-type discus have a reddish-green body with an attractive pattern of electric blue markings. At about …

Store Visit: Maidenhead Aquatics@Peterborough

The Maidenhead Aquatics branch at Peterborough is well known for its particularly strong selection of rare and unusual freshwater fish. Loaches, hillstream loaches and Garra species feature very strongly, with many species regularly available here that you simply won’t see …

Spawning Fish

Introduction No matter how long an aquarist has been keeping fish, there are certain landmarks that stand out in the memory. Even when the first tank and the fish in it are long gone, everyone remembers their first aquarium and their …

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 …

The Diversity of Catfishes

Although many families of fish have more beautifully coloured representatives than the catfish, (at least to the eye of someone who is not already a confirmed catfish fan), few families of fish show such diversity in their body forms. There …

The Clown Loach

The Clown Loach (Botia macracanthus) Order Cypriniformes, Family Cobitidae Common names Clown Loach, Tiger Loach Synonyms Cobitis macrancanthus Description The clown loach is a very striking fish, being a bright orange ornamented with three wide black stripes (although slight variations in the normal stripes do occur). They …

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 …

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 …

Fancy Betta Splendens

'How to Choose and Keep Fancy Betta Splendens' By Neale Monks Fancy Bettas, sometimes called Siamese Fighting Fish, are very popular aquarium fish. While their wild ancestors (known as Betta splendens) have presumably been living in the ponds and slow-flowing streams …

Stocking The Freshwater Aquarium

The size of your aquarium makes a huge difference to the variety of fish you can keep. Obviously bigger fish need large quarters, but there's more to it than that. Fish vary in their activity levels and social behaviour, so …

The Dragon Goby

THE DRAGON GOBY Gobioides broussoneti [Lacepède, 1800] The dragon goby is one of the most striking fish around. Start with the fact that it is a bright purple, add a long sinuous eel-like shape, and finish up with a head that looks …

Store visit: Abacus Aquatics in Southeast London

Abacus Aquatics is a brand new tropical fish shop aiming to provide a combination of bread-and-butter tropical community fish alongside less widely traded catfish, cichlids and other specialist species. One of the nice things about this shop is that it …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to Choose and Keep Fancy Betta Splendens

Fancy Bettas, sometimes called Siamese Fighting Fish, are very popular aquarium fish. While their wild ancestors (known as Betta splendens) have presumably been living in the ponds and slow-flowing streams of Thailand and Malaysia for millions of years, the tank-bred …

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 …

Rift Valley Cichlids, part 1: Talking Tanganyikan

The cichlids of Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika have become among the most popular of all the fishes in the aquarium hobby thanks to their brilliant colours and dazzling variety. While some are demanding fish best suited to advanced hobbyists, others …

Kribs and Cousins

Kribs and Cousins There are some fish that you are so used to seeing around that they just become part of the wallpaper; when you're shopping round the aquariums for a new project to try you just pass over them on …

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