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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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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 …

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 …

Panaque cochliodon (Blue Eyed Pleco, Columbian Blue-Eyed Plec)

This highly sought after fish is dark grey to black and has bright turquoise coloured eyes. It is a herbivorous freshwater armored catfish endemic to Colombia. There are no known sexual differences. The Blue Eyed Plec is so rare that if …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

Some Like It Cool - Temperate Fish

When considering a fish tank, often the choice appears to be between a tropical tank and goldfish. A large number of species fall into a category between these two, as fish that will thrive well in an indoor tank without …

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 …

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 …

Little Gems - The best Tetras for your aquarium

The vast array of fishes on the market can be bewildering if you are setting up your first community. There are plenty of them out there, but somehow its easy to end up with a tank of fish that only …

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 …

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 …

Oddballs: Eels, Soles & Puffers

Oddball fishes appeal to both beginners and experts alike, but it's important to note that oddballs often have very particular needs, so if you plan to keep them, you need to do your research first. In many cases, once these …

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 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 …

Seasonal imports from South America

Seasonal imports from South America Late autumn is when many of the more unusual South American fishes turn up in aquarium shops. Collectors and exporters can more easily obtain many South American species during the rainy season, when the fishes move …

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 …

Aquatic and Semi-Aquatic Amphibians

Amphibians of various types are commonly sold in aquarium shops, but on the whole they don't make good companions for tropical fish. As we'll see in this article, frogs, toads, newts and salamanders are best treated as subjects for their …

What is Water Hardness?

Understanding water hardness can feel daunting at first. But it is quite important to know about, because by simply researching the basics, you can greatly improve your ability to keep healthy and happy fish. Many fish can only thrive in …

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