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
1.Why should I use gravel/sand in my aquarium? Applying gravel or sand to an aquarium creates a more natural environment for your fish. Certain fish, for example (such as common goldfish), will sift through the bottom to find detritus and algae lurking there. If there isn’t anything on the bottom of the tank some fish… Read More Substrate FAQ (Sand & Gravel)
“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
What is PH? PH is a term that you might have heard being thrown around in relation to water in ponds and aquariums. PH stands for ‘Potential of Hydrogen’ (not that that matters much) and is basically a measure of how acidic or alkaline water is (or how many hydrogen ions are present). It is… Read More PH FAQ