Author: James @Seriously Fishy

Cryptoheros Myrnae – The Topaz Cichlid – An endangered Cichlid

Topaz Cichlids are quite rare in the hobby and these are the first group I have seen on offer in a local shop, so needless to say, I snapped them up.  Cryptoheros Myrnae originates in Costa Rica and Panama in the rivers of the Atlantic slope. In the wild, they are listed as endangered and are on the IUCN Red List. This may well be a reason for their rarity in the trade. 

Epistylis – Fish illness

Epistylis - Fish illness Epistylis is a disease commonly found in aquarium fish. In many cases, it can easily be confused with White spot/Ich, or as a fungus, due to the visual effect it creates on the fish.  Epistylis is just as common in the aquarium as White spot and it most commonly occurs in new aquariums. But Epistylis is more deadly than White spot is. 

Salt in the Aquarium – is it necessary?

Salt in the Aquarium I have seen a lot of cases recently of advice being given to add Salt to Freshwater Aquariums. This has been given for various reasons, including as a remedy for illness. But it seems that some fishkeepers are adding Salt to healthy freshwater Aquariums. Why? Aquarium Salt is often found for sale in Aquarium stores, and it is ultimately no different to ...

The best beginner Cichlid? – The Convict Cichlid

The Convict Cichlid The Convict Cichlid is often described as the best starter Cichlid in the hobby.  There are loads of reasons why this is the case, they are robust, adaptable, and downright amusing most of the time.  Convicts are small, easy to keep, easy to feed and they are readily available in shops. It's very rare to walk around an aquarium shop without seeing a convict or tw...

Aquarium water changes – How much? How often?

Aquarium water changes Aquarium water changes are vital to keeping a healthy aquarium and a very common question amongst new aquarists is, how often do I do a water change, and how much? Unless you are lucky enough to have a tropical river running through your home, there is no escaping water changes if you want to keep a happy, healthy aquarium.  So in this article, I am going to cover t...

The best Aquarium Water conditioner? – Quantum Freshwater UK

The best aquarium water conditioner A common question amongst aquarists is, what is the best aquarium water conditioner?  A water conditioner is an essential part of keeping fish and there are loads on the market, but which one is the best?

Aquarium heaters – The basics by Mr Brightfryed

Aquarium heaters - The basics For those of you who have kept aquariums for a while. You will no doubt know enough about heaters. But for those who are brand new to Tropical fish, you may have a few (or many) questions about them.  A little knowledge behind heaters is always useful, certainly if you're just starting out.

DIY Python aquarium hose – Easy water changes without forking out!

DIY Python aquarium hose Most aquarists with a larger aquarium(s) will have come across the Python water change hose system. This kit is great and it certainly saves a lot of the work of lifting buckets around. Plus it saves time too. This bit of kit is a great idea, and I have considered buying one a few times, but never have. The reason I haven't bought on is that I use a similar system...

Running a Fish room the cheaper way – by Andy Woods

Running a Fish room Running a Fish room is a dream for most aquarists. With this being such an addictive hobby, it can easily go from getting your first tank to having multiple tank syndrome very quickly. The issue is that this hobby isn't the cheapest. With external filters costing 100's of pounds alone, there are running costs to consider too.

JBL Cristal Profi e1902 filter Review – New top contender?

JBL Cristal Profi e1902 Review For a while now I have been planning a filter upgrade. My main tank has been running on a Fluval FX5 for some time and it's getting on a bit now. The FX5 has done a great job, but its certainly time to modernise the filtration a little. The natural choice would have been to get a new FX6, but I wanted to move away from these filters for a couple of reasons:

All Pond Solutions WM-6000 – Wavemaker review

All Pond Solutions WM-6000 review - The power of this WM-6000 is perfect for my 5-foot aquarium and the flow of water is spot on to provide plenty of circulation, keeping my tank clean and the inhabitants happy. I have tried it with and without the additional flow attachments. The attachments allow the wavemaker to produce a narrower flow of water. This means that the flow can be directed more ...

Aquarium filter setup – for efficient filtration

Aquarium filter setup Filter setup can seem relatively straight forward, with many filters arriving with pre-installed media. You may also think that as long as each type of media is somewhere in the filter, it will do its job. You would be right. But there are ways to make it far more effective.

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