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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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The Climbing Perch

The Climbing Perch Anabas testudineus By David Marshall The article which follows was written for the web-site of Ryedale Aquarist Society, Pickering, North Yorkshire, England Aquarticles SCIENTIFIC NAME - Anabas testudineus COMMON NAME - Climbing Perch SCIENTIFIC CONFUSION? - With several slight colour and …

Choosing and Using an Aquarium Filter

The importance of proper filtration cannot be overstated. Get the water quality right, and everything else in fishkeeping is easy. Fail to keep the water clean, and your fish will be sickly and probably die. Given that all filters work …

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 …

What's Happening in Brazil

The following report has been reproduced with the kind permission of the German DATZ magazine. It details the current situation in Brazil and gives reasons as to why we are unlikely to see certain L Numbers being exported from there …

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 …

King Of The Aquarium - The Guppy

If a ‘king of the aquarium’ is mentioned these days, it’s usually in a discussion about discus. However, the regal post was held not so long ago by another fish, also very beautiful, and easily accessible to just about every …

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 …

Cooling Your Tank In The Summer

Are hot summer days dangerous for my tank? As of the end of June, we entered the wonderful season of summer. But whilst it may be lovely to have an unexpectedly hot sunny week, it’s best not to let those hot …

Ctenopoma, the African Climbing Perch

By Neale Monks Order Perciformes, Suborder Anabantoidei, Family Anabantidae Introduction The African climbing perches (sometimes referred to as “bush fish”) are labyrinth fish, and so are closely related to the much more familiar gouramis and bettas, which all come from Asia. Although …

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 …

Fairy Cichlids: A Fascinating Favourite

Lake Tanganyika is over 400 miles long and is the second largest freshwater lake in the world. The lake spans over four countries; Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, and Zambia. It accounts for almost a fifth of …

Visit to Maidenhead Aquatics@ St Albans

Maidenhead Aquatics at St Albans is sometimes described as the flagship store in the Maidenhead Aquatics chain. It is certainly one of the largest, with hundreds of display tanks including dedicated systems for soft water fish and marines alongside the …

Community fish at Maidenhead Aquatics, Aylesbury

Maidenhead Aquatics at Aylesbury is one of the smaller branches in the chain and feels a lot like a traditional family-run tropical fish shop. The focus is very much on community fish, coldwater fish and pond supplies, though there is …

A visit to Maidenhead Aquatics@ Syon Park

The Maidenhead Aquatics branch at Syon Park was redeveloped last year and moved to a new location close to the Refectory. Although it is quite a small branch it is sensibly stocked with a good range of tropical, coldwater, pond …

Ricefish: fish for tropical and coldwater nano aquaria

On a recent trip to Maidenhead Aquatics at Harlestone Heath were came across the lovely little Javanese Ricefish Oryzias javanicus, and in the last year or so several shops have started trading the spectacular Sulawesi Ricefish Oryzias woworae. So after decades …

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 …

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 …

South American Cichlids: Part 1, Acaras and Eartheaters

South American Cichlids: Part 1, Acaras and Eartheaters Of the 1900 or so species of cichlid, no fewer than 450 come from South America. Yet aquarists would be forgiven for imagining that the only South American cichlids in the trade are …

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 …

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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