In the first post we gave a brief run-through of the main groups of cichlid found in Lake Malawi in Africa, with reference to their specific behaviours , diets, and keeping Malawi Cichlids -Ppart 1 of ‘Introduction to Malawi and Tanganyikan Cichlids’ can be found here. Here, we intend to focus on the other major African… Read More “Are Those Marine?” Part 2: Tanganyikan Rock Dwellers
Certain species of tropical fish carry fertilised eggs in their mouths and continue to hold the babies there for a while after they hatch.This can be found in both paternal and maternal members of the species. The following section will focus primarily on mouthbrooding cichlids from the African Rift Valley from the lakes Malawi and… Read More Mouthbrooders – A Brief Overview
Plecostomus The term Plecostomus or Pleco is used nowadays as a generic term for suckermouth catfish. The actual Plecostomus species, of which this throwaway term stemmed from, has always been a very common tropical tank inhabitant. They appear in a variety of patterns, colours and shapes but the most common subspecies are usually dark in… Read More Tank Green! What Do I Do? Getting to know the clean-up crew.
So you’re considering getting some fish? A brand new pet perhaps? Whilst they can be enthralling and fascinating to observe and tend to, many people are put off keeping them due to the aquarium itself. Be it the maintenance, cleaning or even just the general start up. Gone were the days that you could win… Read More Where Do I Begin? – The Basics of Starting a Freshwater Aquarium
The Sparkling or ‘Pygmy’ Gourami is the smallest member of the Anabantid family comprising of such species as Other Gouramis like Paradise Fish and Siamese Fighters. These fish are adapted for life in slow-moving and still shallow pools and are therefore able to take oxygen directly out of the air. Sparkling Gouramis may reach a… Read More New Arrivals – Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis Pumila)
Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) Native to the streams and pools of Taiwan, these hardy shrimp are a staple in freshwater invertebrates. They are active scavengers within the aquarium and are easy to breed. They grow to about 1½ inches and are one of the smallest tropical shrimps available. Bigger fish such as Angels are not… Read More Introduction to Freshwater Crabs & Shrimps
Macropodus opercularis Common names: Blue Paradise Fish, Paradise Gourami Experience level: Easy Max size: 4 inch Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons (40 Litres) Temperament: Semi Aggressive PH Range: 6.0-8.0 Hardiness: Moderate Sex Differences: Males develop longer, split lyre-tails and more vibrant colours. Temperature: 16-26° C (61-79° F) (Can be kept in room temperature ‘temperate’ conditions)… Read More New Arrivals – Paradise Fish