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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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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 …

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 …

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So now you're a foster parent

Nature being what it is, it isn't really the task of the fish keeper to persuade fish to spawn - they are quite keen on the idea all on their own. Provided you are giving them the environment they need, …

The Kuhli Loach - A Fish With Nine Lives

‘Kuhli loach’ is a name applied to a variety of eel-like fishes from the loach family. The nicest ones are attractively striped with vertical orange or yellow irregular bands on a black background, but there can be considerable variety in …

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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, …

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. …

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 …

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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 …

The Swordtail

The Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii) Order Cyprinodontiformes , Family Poecilidae Common names Swordtail Synonyms Poecilia hellerii, Xiphophorus hellerii hellerii, Xiphophorus helleri, Xiphophorus guentheri, Xiphophorus jalapae, Xiphophorus brevis, Xiphophorus strigatus Description Although the swordtails commonly seen in shops are usually Xiphophorus hellerii, there are several other related species …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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The Brackish Water Aquarium

The Brackish Water Aquarium © Neale Monks Brackish water occurs wherever rivers meet the sea and has a salinity in between freshwater and seawater. Estuaries and mangroves are the two best known brackish water habitats, and both yield many different types of …

Visiting Maidenhead Aquatics@ St Albans

The branch of Maidenhead Aquatics at St Albans is one of the biggest in the chain, and is up to the usual high standards fishkeepers expect from the company. Alongside an excellent range of freshwater and marine livestock there is …

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 …

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 Frightened Fighter

Siamese Fighting Fish, Betta splendens, is native to the ponds and marshes of Thailand, and come in to variations to the Thais – plakad lukmoh and plakad pah. The latter have longer bodies but less stamina, whereas the former are …

Some Like It Cool

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 …

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 …

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 …

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