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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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Ten Tips For New Ray Owners

The following article has been kindly provided by David Upton who has an extensive knowledge on keeping Stingrays. David has built his own website devoted to Rays, and a link to his site can be found at the end of …

The Dwarf Gourami

The Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia) Order Perciformes , Family Belontiidae Common names Dwarf gourami, sunset gourami Synonyms Trichopodus lalius, Colisa unicolor Description The male dwarf gourami is one of the most beautiful aquarium fish. The natural form of the fish is a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Waspfish, Toadfish and their relatives

Toadfish and waspfish are distantly related but similar groups of predatory fish found in freshwater, brackish water and saltwater habitats. As the 'toadfish' name suggests, these fish are not brightly coloured and rely on their drab colouration to blend into …

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 …

Easily kept cichlids

Family fish – (relatively) easily kept cichlids Sooner or later, any successful tank will be visited by the swish of little fins. A first spawning (or birth, as for many aquarists the first arrivals are livebearers) is an event that will …

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, …

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 …

RARE: Blue Eyed Pleco available at Lee Valley in Essex!

Lee Valley have updated their stock list, and among their interesting range of fish are a vast range of L numbers currently available within their Essex based shop. However there is one particular specimen which is causing quite a lot …

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 …

Freshwater Soles

By Neale Monks 5/26/05 Order Pleuronectiformes, Family Soleidae Common names: Some species are known as pan or hogchoker soles, but usually all simply referred to as freshwater flounders or freshwater soles Description Freshwater soles are all pretty similar in appearance. They are obviously very …

The Small Community Tank

In general, it is recommended that an aquarist should buy the largest tank he can afford and has room for. There are many reasons for this. The larger the tank, the slower water quality changes are, and a dead fish …

The Large Fish Community

While most fish keepers start off with a small or medium sized community aquarium, populated with shoals of brightly coloured fish, many are slowly drawn across the floor of the aquarium shop to where the large fish lurk, often in …

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 …

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 …

Snakeheads: An Overview and What’s Available on TF2YD

Oddball fish are species which do not fall into the more common categories of shoaling or community fish. Most oddballs have quite unique features and qualities. Some may be safe to keep in a more standard or common community tank …

The Contented Community

By Kathy Jinkings When browsing through the tanks, plants, décor, and of course the fish on display at the local shop, we tend to choose things that we think will look good - that will create a display that we want …

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