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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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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 …

Start Right With Fish

The following article has been kindly provided by the Calypso Ichthyological Archive. START RIGHT WITH FISHKEEPING Some helpful tips when starting with tropical freshwater fishes Introduction Freshwater tropical fish, as their name suggests, originate in freshwater rivers and lakes in the warmer parts …

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 …

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 …

The Talking Catfish (Agamyxis pectinifrons)

The Talking Catfish (Agamyxis pectinifrons) Order Siluriformes, Family Doradidae Common names Talking catfish, whitebarred catfish, spotted Raphael catfish Synonyms Doras pectinifrons Description The talking catfish is a species for those who are prepared to wait a while before they see any activity. Primarily …

Ten Tips For New Ray Owners

The following article has been kindly provided by David Upton who has an extensive knowledge on keeping Stingrays. David has built his own website devoted to Rays, and a link to his site can be found at the end of …

The new Danio and Devario species: something for everyone

The following article has been kindly provided by Neale Monks. Many of the Danios featured are currently available at the shops listed on Tropicalfishfinder. If you go to the database entry for each of the species there is a link …

How to keep Stingrays

Freshwater stingrays are farmed and widely sold, but they remain very challenging fish to keep properly. The two main problems are their large size and their stiff requirements in terms of water quality. Anyone planning on keeping a stingray must …

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, …

In Praise of Vallisneria

Included among the various species of Vallisneria are some of the most adaptable and easy to keep plants available to the aquarist. Rarely expensive, and usually sold in even the smallest stores, Vallisneria are easy to obtain and settle into …

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 …

A new kind of coldwater fishkeeping: temperate zone fish

Too many aquarists assume that coldwater fishkeeping means goldfish. In fact there’s a wide variety of temperate zone fishes that will do very well in unheated aquaria indoors, even though they won’t survive outdoors in ponds. Ordinary central heating will …

Discus, Queen of the Aquarium

By Neale Monks The discus is considered by many to be the finest of all freshwater aquarium fish. It is certainly a handsome animal; regular, wild-type discus have a reddish-green body with an attractive pattern of electric blue markings. At about …

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 …

The Dragon Goby

THE DRAGON GOBY Gobioides broussoneti [Lacepède, 1800] The dragon goby is one of the most striking fish around. Start with the fact that it is a bright purple, add a long sinuous eel-like shape, and finish up with a head that looks …

Angelfish: new names, new species

Angelfish are among the most popular of all aquarium fishes. They are available in countless varieties, and their attractive colours, generally peaceful natures, and very unusual shape make them showpiece fish either in a community tank or on their own. …

Brackish water fishes of South America

The brackish water fishes of Southeast Asia include such popular and widely-sold species as Monos, Scats, Archerfish and Knight Gobies. By contrast the brackish water fishes of South America are much less familiar. Or rather, while some are infrequently traded, …

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. …

Captivating Corydoras

Captivating Corydoras People buy new fish for many reasons - their beauty, interesting habits, the nice green 'community-safe' sticker on the tank... but a lot of little catfish have gone home with someone because the buyer couldn't resist a fish …

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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