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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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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 …

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 …

Rift Valley Cichlids, part 2: Marvellous Malawi

Last time we looked at Lake Tanganyika, the largest of the African Rift Valley lakes. While Lake Malawi is a little smaller than Lake Tanganyika, it is home to several times more species of cichlid. Current estimates put the number …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Tanganyikan Shell Dwellers: Fun fish for the small aquarium

The “shell dweller” cichlids of Lake Tanganyika are a group of small fish that spend all their time in and around empty snail shells. Because their maximum length is less than 5 cm and they defend comparatively small territories, they …

The Small Community Tank

In general, it is recommended that an aquarist should buy the largest tank he can afford and has room for. There are many reasons for this. The larger the tank, the slower water quality changes are, and a dead fish …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

Abacus Aquatics Stock Update

If you haven't made a visit to Abacus Aquatics, you are really missing out! Abacus Aquatics is a tropical fish and coldwater fish shop based in the London/Kent area that has been voted best fish shop in south east england …

Central American Cichlids

The following article has been kindly provided by Jim Dawson who is the editor of the British Cichlid Association journal called Cichlidae which is where this article was first published. The article including the accompanying photographs are the copyright of …

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 …

Rare 'Flame-Backed Bleeding Heart Tetra' available @ Wildwoods

These gorgeous Brazilian tetras (Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus) are rare and quite hard to get your hands on. However, Wildwoods have these delightful and intriguing tetras in stock for a limited time only! Similar to the popular bleeding heart tetra but distinguished by …

Dazzling Discus Available on Tropical Fish 2 Your Door

Wildwoods have added some really vivid and brightly coloured Discus to our TropicalFish2YourDoor platform: Blue Diamond Discus and Super Red Pigeon Blood Discus. These South American Discus are uniquely shaped cichlids and considered by many to be among the most handsome …

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