“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 , 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

Biotopes – Our Native Aquarium

 If you have visited us over the past month you will have noticed our brand new outdoor aquarium full of indigenous species including; Silver Rudd (Roach), Sticklebacks, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Gudgeon and Green Tench.     We cannot, of course, forget also the variety of molluscs and plant species such as Swan Mussels, Ramshorn… Read More Biotopes – Our Native Aquarium

“Are those Marine?” – Introduction to Malawi and Tanganyikan Cichlids Part 1

“Are those Marine?“ is a question we get asked in response to our Malawi/Tanganyika hard water tank in the shop. To be fair, when you consider their vast and startling colours, barren hard environment and dense population it is hard to see otherwise. LAKE MALAWI Discovered by David Livingstone 150 years ago, this lake –… Read More “Are those Marine?” – Introduction to Malawi and Tanganyikan Cichlids Part 1

Frogspawn in my pond – What Do I Do?

You may find that you suddenly have either frogspawn or toadspawn somewhere in your garden, whether it’s in a pond, water feature or bucket. As the temperature and sunlight is steadily increasing you may even notice it hatch. Here’s a list of Do’s and Don’t’s. 1.DO provide some cover if there isn’t any Up to… Read More Frogspawn in my pond – What Do I Do?