Archive | February, 2015

Do you own a cat(fish)?

Panther Catfish (pimelodus pictus)

They are entirely peaceful, never known to nip fins. Their body armour keeps many diseases and parasites at bay. They will not eat or pull up plants. They do not rearrange the substrate. They accept pretty well any regular fish food. They very rarely jump out of the aquarium. Their body pattern designs of spot, […]

Radiant Rainbows

Colourful and hardy. Peaceful and prolific. Rainbow fishes from northern and eastern Australia and New Guinea have experienced a deserved upsurge of popularity in recent years. This trend has undoubtedly been closely linked to the improved availability of a far greater number of species than before. Farm raised stocks of the Australian Rainbow, or Dwarf […]


Many are pretty. All are both elegant and peaceful. Some are easy to breed. Rasboras are the perfect community fish in so many ways. Yet only a few species have managed to gain a place in the “Top Twenty” league, leaving some very beautiful fish underrated and largely overlooked. As Cyprinids rasboras share a vast […]

Fancy keeping goldfish?

The common goldfish has been domesticated over many, many years. From the original greeny/bronze ancestor man has developed a whole range of fascinating pet fish. The outward appearance of many of these varieties in no way resembles their original stock. The insignificant original Cyprinid, Carassius auratus, has been manipulated by selective breeding from “sports” to […]

Garden Ponds

What is the compelling attraction that channels so many garden lovers to include a fish pool in their garden lay-out? The moving water theme from a waterfall/cascade feature, or the tinkling of water droplets from a fountain, are both capable of adding a soothing yet lively component to any garden, large or small. The added […]


Lobster – that single word conjures up salivating visions of glorious luxury food served in sumptuous surroundings. Very elitist! But for the marine aquarium keeper the mental image is more likely to take the form of a living, prickly animal, with long antennae, and lacking the powerful claws tipping massive chelipeds. The tropical lobster species […]

Pipe Fish

The pipefishes are curious and undeniably fascinating creatures. Many of them share the same family as the Seahorse. It is the seahorse, of course, which takes pride of place as a universal favourite, known by just about everybody. But there are many diverse types of pipefish with interesting features which can rival the seahorse. This […]

The ever changing world of Flower Horns

A new and exciting hybrid, the Flower Horn Cichlid, is said to have been first bred in Ipoh, Malaysia, in 1995. This hybrid was evolved from cross-breeding, using several South American cichlids. Cichlasoma synspilum, Herichthys bifasciatus, Herichthys citrinellus, and Herichthys maculicauda are all said to have been used in this process. The Chinese called the […]

Living Rock

“Living Rock”. These two words do not sit comfortably beside each other! “Rock” conjures up visions of something inanimate and static. So how can anything justify the description of being “living rock”? Well, the pairing of the two words create a term which is acceptable to marine reef aquarium keepers, and probably with a more […]