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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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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 …

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 …

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 …

Amazing Aba Aba

Gymnarchus niloticus (Aba, Aba Aba, Upside Down Knifefish) Here we have a very large knifefish more commonly seen in public aquaria- it’s body is elongate and compressed from side to side, which contrasts with the rather tubular head. Unlike other knifefishes …

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 …

A Show Tank in the Home

A SHOW TANK in the HOME? by R. C. Mills (Dick Mills will be well known to many readers as the ex-editor of "The Aquarist and Pondkeeper" magazine in the UK. - He is still very actively involved with both …

Reclaiming The Waste Land by Kathy Jinkings

So you have set up your first tank. You have read all the books, bought the right equipment, introduced the fish slowly over a period of weeks, and do your water changes with the precision timing and diligence usually associated …

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. …

South American Cichlids: Part 2, Giants, Pikes and Dwarfs

The acaras and eartheaters looked at in the first part of this series are adaptable fish that adapt well to robust community tanks and place relatively modest demands on the aquarist. The cichlids discussed this time round are significantly more …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Central American Cichlids

The following article has been kindly provided by Jim Dawson who is the editor of the British Cichlid Association journal called Cichlidae which is where this article was first published. The article including the accompanying photographs are the copyright of …

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 …

Fish Improve Mental Health, Reduce Anxiety, Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Since we were children, most of us have probably experienced a visit to a dentist or other similar setting whereby the managers have installed fish tanks in their waiting rooms in the hope of relaxing those who may be stressed …

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 …

Fancy Goldfish: Interesting Facts

Of all the fish we keep as pets, none are as popular as Goldfish. Among these, the pedigree breeds referred to as fancy Goldfish generally get the most attention, and good quality specimens of these command the highest prices. Across …

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 …

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 …

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