Category: advanced

Livebearers – essential facts

Lovely delta tailed golden guppy male

Introduction to livebearers (Livebearers – the essential facts that you should know) More about buying livebearers here More about breeding livebearers here More about keeping healthy livebearers here Although a beginner’s fish livebearers have a fascination breeding behaviour and birthing method. The females give birth to live young. Baby fish that are the exact miniature …

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How fish behave in the wild

Watching a large shoal of cardinal tetras is an enchanting experience

Fish Behaviour in the wild Fish’s behaviour is affected by the rythms of nature. Fish recognise dawn and dusk and behave appropriately. Fish also recognise the seasons and will mate at the correct time of year that is best suited for the hatching and growth of their young. Fish will go into hibernation at the …

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How to show your fish at fish shows

China fish show

About fish shows You’ve learned to keep your fish from dying. You have managed to breed your fish. Now what? Entering your fish into a local fish show is a great next step in taking your fishkeeping hobby to the next level. With experience you can win trophies, ribbons or prizes such as aquarium equipment …

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Foreground plants and specimen plants

cryptocoryne balansae variety crinkly leaves

Foreground plants and specimen plants More about aquascaping basics here More about midground plants here More about background plants here These are plants that stand out as individual plants. They occupy the middle to front of the aquarium. They usually have large leaves and visible stems. Only a few are needed or even a single …

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Sprucing up an old aquarium

Sprucing up an old aquarium

Sprucing up an old aquarium Find out about how to maintain a tank here Find out about aquascaping here Perhaps you have an old aquarium that hasn’t been used in a while and you want to spruce it up and make it usable once again. Or you could have an aquarium that is in use, …

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Selecting midground plants for your aquarium

Good midground plants will stand out from the background

What is a midground plant? More about aquascaping basics here More about foreground plants here More about background plants here A midground plant is a plant that acts as a filler in the mid area of the aquarium. Usually planted as individual plants. Midground plants should have distinctive large leaves and colour. They should be …

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Background plants for your aquarium

aquascape with clever use of various plants and driftwood

Which background plants for your aquarium? More about aquascaping basics here More about foreground plants here More about midground plants here How to recognise good background aquarium plants What is meant by ‘background plant’? This refers to plants that will be placed along the back and sides of your aquarium. These type of plants usually …

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A guide to keeping and breeding fancy goldfish

Champion grade veiltail goldfish with the ryukin back

A guide to keeping and breeding fancy goldfish Goldfish are one of the perennial favorites of the aquarium trade. It is difficult to imagine a fish more evidently associated with fish keeping than the goldfish. While everyone is familiar with the traditional appearance of the common goldfish, the various varieties known as fancy goldfish offer …

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Koi varieties explained – a guide to recognising the varieties of koi

some champion koi varieties swimming together

Koi varieties explained: a comprehensive guide to recognising koi varieties Feeding koi here Building a koi pond here Koi remain one of the most lasting and popular varieties of fish for the discriminating aquarist. They are one of the few fish with records of keeping koi going back hundreds of years, though modern koi as …

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How to make your own fish food

prawns make a good component for diy fish foods

How to make your own fish food While many fish are happy enough if you give them excellent quality water, a well-stocked aquarium to live in, and commercially available dried flake food, many aquarists enjoy going the extra mile and preparing their own fish food from scratch, or supplementing the diet of their fish with …

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