“Do I Need Plants In My Fish Tank?”: Top 5 Benefits of Aquarium Plants

1. Oxygenation Aquatic plants photosynthesise like terrestrial flora and inject Oxygen directly into the water column, saturating the aquarium water, improving the vitality of inhabitants and complimenting the upper band of Oxygen-rich water produced by the aquarium’s pump. Plants also absorb the Carbon Dioxide released by fish via respiration. At high enough levels, CO2 can… Read More “Do I Need Plants In My Fish Tank?”: Top 5 Benefits of Aquarium Plants

“Are Those Marine?” Part 2: Tanganyikan Rock Dwellers

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 ,┬ádiets, 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

Mouthbrooders – A Brief Overview

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

Tank Green! What Do I Do? Getting to know the clean-up crew.

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.

Where Do I Begin? – The Basics of Starting a Freshwater Aquarium

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

New Arrivals – Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis Pumila)

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)