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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Poecilia sp. "Endlers"

Mr. Gerry Hawksby , an Honorary Member of several Aquarium Societies, is a much respected figure in the Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies. Although killifish are Gerry's 'first love' he has a longtime interest in livebearing species and wrote the …

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 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 …

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 …

Gertrude's Rainbowfish

Gertrude's Rainbow Pseudomugil gertrudae by Joe Kaznica First published in Gravel Gossip, Diamond State Aquarium Society Aquarticles Gertrude's Rainbow is a very small rainbow fish that is found in northern Australia and New Guinea. It comes from streams in five very localised areas and …

Distichodus, Congo Tetras and other African Characins

Although aquarists usually associate characins with South America, the geographical range of the order Characiformes is much wider than that, including Central America and Africa as well. Central American characins are not routinely traded -- the blind cave-dwelling form of …

Unusual Labyrinth Fish

Gouramis and bettas belong to a group of fishes known as labyrinth fish, characterised by a structure known as a labyrinth organ above the gills. This organ is used for breathing air, being richly supplied with blood vessels. Periodically the …

Herichthys - Colourful, robust cichlids from Mexico

Fish taxonomists currently recognise no fewer than nine species within the genus Herichthys, but only two are regularly seen in the aquarium hobby, the 'true' Texas Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus) and the Green Texas Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis). For a long time …

The Bronze Corydoras

The Bronze Corydoras (Corydoras aeneus) Order Siluriformes, Family Callichthyidae Common names Bronze corydoras, Bronze catfish Synonyms Corydoras schultzei, Corydoras macrosteus, Corydoras venezuelanus, Callicthys aeneus, Hoplosternum aeneus, Hoplosoma aeneum Description The bronze corydoras is a cheerful and outgoing fish, a group of which will always be …

Banjo Catfishes

A visitor to any aquarium shop at the weekend is likely to encounter a wide range of the populace marvelling over the flashy little fishes glinting around the tanks like multicoloured jewels. Few will take the time to examine the …

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. …

Arowanas: the legendary dragonfishes

The family Osteoglossidae, commonly called arowanas, includes ten species of large, primitive fish distributed right across the tropics. Because they cannot tolerate salt water, the existence of such closely related fishes across South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia mystified biologist …

A Rainbow in the Tank

A Rainbow in the Tank Those of us who live in areas where the kettle is permanently coated with a layer of white fuzz and you need half a bottle of shampoo to get a few bubbles may well look at …

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 …

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. …

An Introduction to Killifishes

The following article has been kindly provided by Richard Cox who is the editor of the British Killifish Association monthly journal. To learn more about the Association go to the club section at the top of the home page or …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Geophagus

The Eartheaters are a group of fish known for their feeding behaviour by which they sift the substrate of their environment for food. One genus of the group, Geophagus, is popular in the aquatic trade due to its members’ usually …

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