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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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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 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 …

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 …

Rare and unusual tetras from South America

The range of tetras exported from South America has been steadily increasing over the years. In this article we’ll be looking at some of the less familiar tetras currently imported. While most are eminently suitable for the community tank, some …

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In The Eye Of The Beholder

If you ask someone to imagine an aquarium, they usually imagine it full of pretty fish - rather like the typical dentist's waiting room tank. Neon tetras feature largely, angel fish, guppies - or sometimes some fat goldfish with pretty …

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 …

The Contented Community

By Kathy Jinkings When browsing through the tanks, plants, décor, and of course the fish on display at the local shop, we tend to choose things that we think will look good - that will create a display that we want …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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It was all going so well......

It was all going so well..... After you have steered your new aquarium through the shoals and sandbanks waiting to snare the inexperienced fish keeper, you can bob for a while in the calm lagoon beyond. Feet up on …

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 …

Rare Danios, Blue-Eyes and More at Wildwoods

As we've said many times here at Tropical Fish Finder, a visit to Wildwoods is always a treat. Many experienced aquarists will say that if you can't get a fish from Wildwoods, you probably can't get in anywhere, and there's …

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 …

Leaf fish: Challenging predators for the experienced aquarist

Leaf fish are predatory fish that have the shape and mottled brown colour of rotting leaves. In the wild they rely on this camouflage to stay hidden from their prey, which is invariably captured by stealth rather than speed. Most …

Visiting the Aquatic 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 …

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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, …

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