“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

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

“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

PH FAQ

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