Category: varieties

Fancy guppy, platy, molly and swordtail pedigree types

fancy guppy delta tailed guppy

Fancy guppies, platies, mollies and swordtails All the four popular livebearers available in your local shop are pedigree varieties or cross breeds. You will not find wild type (fish found in the wild or resemble fish from the wild) livebearers for sale. These fancy livebearer fish have been developed over many years of selective breeding. …

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How to buy livebearers

blue lace leopard skin guppy male

Where and how to buy livebearers Here are the main sources of livebearers You can of course go to one of the large pet chain stores where you will be able to buy some off the shelf guppies, platies or mollies and sometimes swordtails. However don’t expect any fancy variety or high pedigree fish. If …

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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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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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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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