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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 Giant Loricariid catfish

Sooner or later every visitor to aquarium shops will encounter the suckermouth catfish, members of the Loricariidae. These fish are sold interchangeably as ‘algae eaters’ or ‘plecos’, in spite of being members of one of the largest families of fish. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The African Oddballs

Unusual fish to add interest to your community tank The African fish fauna is extremely diverse, including large numbers of relatively primitive groups of fish, such as bichirs and mormyrids, living alongside things like cichlids that evolved, in geological terms at …

Visiting Maidenhead Aquatics at Harlestone Heath

Maidenhead Aquatics at Harlestone Heath is a fairly large store with a very wide selection of freshwater fish alongside smaller sections devoted to coldwater fish, marine fish and invertebrates, and outdoor fish and plants. As with other Maidenhead Aquatics stores …

Lung fish

Although not necessarily among the most attractive of the species available within the trade, Lungfish are arguably among the most unusual and interesting. They are capable of breathing atmospheric air via ‘lungs’, which are actually a modified swim bladder. These …

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 …

Unusual catfish, danios, and more at Britain's Aquatic Superstore in

Unusual catfish, danios, and more at Britain's Aquatic Superstore in Bolton BAS Fish for the connoisseur... One of the rarest catfish in the hobby, Neosilurus ater is a freshwater catfish from Papua New Guinea. It is one of the Plotosidae, with the marine …

The Blue Gourami

As more and more new species of fish arrive in the shops, and already popular species appear in ever more vivid colour variations, it is easy for the aquarist to forget some of the old favourites, and the reasons why …

Fancy Betta Splendens

'How to Choose and Keep Fancy Betta Splendens' By Neale Monks Fancy Bettas, sometimes called Siamese Fighting Fish, are very popular aquarium fish. While their wild ancestors (known as Betta splendens) have presumably been living in the ponds and slow-flowing streams …

Whitespot (Ich) And Velvet: How To Tell Them Apart And Treat

There are two common diseases that manifest themselves as white grains on the fins and body: Whitespot and Velvet. The best way to tell them apart is by the size of the grains. Whitespot cysts are larger, more like salt …

Badis Badis

Badis badis by M. J. Parry Newport Aquarists Society, England Aquarticles The Nandidae group of fishes, native to South America, the West Indies, Africa and India, comprises several species, few of which are known to the majority of aquarists. Probably the most …

Chromides and Pearlspots: Beautiful Asian Cichlids

Comparatively few cichlids are native to Asia, and all of these are confined to one of two distinct areas, westernmost Asia between Israel and Iran on the one hand and the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent in the south. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Breeding Corydoras duplicareus

Corydoras duplicareus by Don Kinyon This article first appeared in Potomac Valley Aquarium Society's Delta Tale, Vol 31, # 3-4 In the tributaries of the upper Rio Negro in Brazil, there are a few small catfish with strikingly similar colour patterns. Corydoras …

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 …

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 …

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