The November issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine comes with a FREE 24-page beginners' guide to setting up a marine aquarium. So, if you've always fancied a slice of the ocean in your home, now's the time to get on and do it — it's easier than you think!
November's Fish of the Month is the molly. If you want bold colour in a fish that's inexpensive and easy to keep, this could be the ideal choice.
We offer a selection of fish for the upper layers of your aquarium.
There are a lot of venomous freshwater fish out there — and you might have a few in your community tank that you didn't even know could sting you!
Stunning cardinalfish for the marine aquarium.
All this and much more in the November 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine.
Here at Practical Fishkeeping, we never fail to be amazed by the sheer variety of the fish available in the hobby. Whether you’re looking for colour or character, a feature fish or something that’s more of an oddball, whether you want to go big or small, you’ll find plenty out there to whet (or should I say, wet?) your appetite. You only have to take a look at the October issue of PFK to see some of the diversity that’s out there.
We have a special feature on the evolutionary wonders that live their whole lives in darkness, with advice on how to create the ideal set-up for keeping one of these fascinating oddballs — the Blind cave tetra — at home.
If it’s more colour you crave, we offer 19 gorgeous fish to consider — and what’s more, they’re suitable for beginners as well as experienced fishkeepers.
If you’re after something sensational as well as colourful, just take a look at the finnage on the Drapefin barb. Or why not fall in love with marine butterflies?
We have big fish (check out the size of the Koi in our reader feature), small catfish with character, and two perfect choices for a biotope project.
We even have venomous salties, a few of which carry a health warning! Discover all these and much more between the covers of this month’s PFK.
See? We did say the hobby was full of variety! Read, drool and enjoy the October 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine.
The September issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine brings you a host of stunning aquarium fish that look totally tropical, but don't need the temperatures to match. And the choice is wider than you think! Plus, we look at the hype surrounding Dory and why it's not a good idea to buy a Regal tang on impulse — but we offer some alternative blue fish that you will be able to keep. There's advice on dealing with an ammonia surge, a step-by-step guide to setting up an underwater 'landscape' — complete with trees — and a special feature on using the natural fluorescence of the marine animals you keep to really light up your aquarium!
All this and much more in the September 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping!
Gorgeous guppies, fabulous Fighters and brilliant butterflyfish adorn the pages of the August issue of PFK. All this plus a guide to what you should — and shouldn't do — before leaving your fish to go on holiday; a head-turning discus set-up; Sexy shrimp; community safe loaches and our top picks from the recent Interzoo trade show. All this and much more!
For colour, fins and ease of keeping, there’s nothing that beats the humble guppy.
Lisa Bradshaw deals with more Betta each day than you’ve had hot dinners. Meet the woman, the, importer, trader and breeder as she shares her secrets.
Reefkeepers are often told that Chaetodon butterflies and corals don’t mix. But there’s a way around it — here’s how…
Check out some of the fabulous features you can find between the covers of this month's PFK.
It’s the ultimate aquarist fantasy — a shark in your tank! With body shapes that fuel the imagination, it’s no surprise the freshwater versions are as popular now as they were 50 years ago. Find out the right way to keep them.
The popularity of the Fighter has exploded over the past few years, with new fin shapes and an almost unlimited choice of colour. Join us as we celebrate this amazing Betta.
We spotlight two fish that couldn’t be more different — except perhaps in colour and the fact that neither are regulars in retailers’ tanks. Catch them while you can!
There’s advice on keeping what is often considered the holy grail of dwarf cichlids, Taeniacara candidi and, with the warm weather finally here, we offer a list of the best choices of fish for your pond along with what to do before and after you make that purchase.
You don’t need all the bells and whistles to have a successful aquascape. This month’s gorgeous low maintenance set-up uses an entry level aquarium kit. And if you’re a fishkeeper on a tight budget check out nine cheap and easy ways to upcycle plastic drinks bottles.
The June 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping includes an 11-page spotlight on common fish health problems with information to help you ID and treat them - and advice on how to stop diseases getting into your tank in the first place. Check out what else is in the June magazine...
Scleromystax are the catfish that every Corydoras owner secretly covets. Meet the golden boys of the armoured cats.
Colourful, easy to breed and reasonably undemanding, discover Geophagus — the ideal choice for your first adventure with eartheating cichlids.
Weird and mysterious, eels make interesting pets, but few are easy to keep. We look at the best choices for the freshwater tank — and a few eel-shaped fish that make great alternatives if your current set-up isn't eel-friendly.
We look at two lovely new fish in the shops, both with a blue theme running through them, and you can meet a fishkeeper who, despite working full time in an aquatic shop, still finds time for 23 tanks at home.
A trip to the Xingu reveals a plethora of plecs, trouble on the rapids, and reflection on the future of the fish that even big Hollywood names couldn’t save.
Part of the fun in setting up any tank is decorating it. Not all rocks and wood are the same, however. Follow our guide to what's what in the world of hardscape — and the effects it might have on the water in your tank. Plus essential advice on using rainwater — we live in a nation of rainfall. So take some of that bounty from the sky and put it into your tank!
Why not set-up our planted aquarium that combines colourful guppies with plants grown on wood for an eye-catching, easy maintenance display? And if you're feeling more adventurous, there's a five-minute Iwagumi aquascaping masterclass.
The June issue also includes important information on buying marine fish and invertebrates online. Some folks loathe the idea of buying fish and inverts by mail order, others swear by it. But if we accept that online sales are here to stay, what should we consider?
Plus a look at mushroom anemones — with the rare and unusual colour morphs that are coming into the hobby, there’s never been a better time to keep them!
If you have a garden pond, you'll no doubt find that they attract wildlife to the garden, but not all visitors are as welcome as others. Discover how to keep out those uninvited 'guests'.
June's gear guide includes a jellyfish breeding set-up on test and we also get to check out a brute of a pump.
All this plus your questions answered by some of the world’s top experts, visits to shops in Cornwall and Norfolk and the chance to win fish food from Vitalis.
All this and more in the June 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping.
Practical Fishkeeping is 50 years old and we're celebrating this month with a bigger, 132-page anniversary magazine!
Along with all the fabulous features and advice you’ve come to expect from the UK’s best selling fishkeeping magazine, our May 2016 issue also includes a celebration of some of the events, products and discoveries that helped to shape the hobby as we know it today, plus 50 fish that have stood the test of time — and some of the trends that didn’t make it.
1966 was an eventful year. The first British credit card was launched by Barclaycard; The Beatles released their Revolver album (and John Lennon claimed that the group was “more popular than Jesus now”); Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom; the Action Man toy was launched; Longleat Safari Park opened; a young singer called David Jones changed his last name to Bowie to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees; Selective Employment Tax was imposed and the FIFA World Cup was stolen and then later found by a dog in a south London garden. We seem to recall that something else happened with football that year as well.
Anyway, far more importantly, 1966 saw the launch of a monthly magazine in April of that year called Pet Fish Monthly — which later went on to become the Practical Fishkeeping that we all know and love today.
Many thanks to all our readers and advertisers who have supported us over the last half a century. Here’s to the next 50 years...
What’s in the May 2016 issue of PFK?
Our Fish of the Month is a cichlid with a big fan base. Once you join the Tropheus club it’s hard to leave. Meet the brightest, boldest cichlid out there!
We showcase three unique African fish available from retailers right now — and none of them get bigger than 7cm! There’s a look at the elite culture of the 'top view' Ranchu and advice on buying aquarium plants — what to look for and which species to leave in the shop. Plus there’s a spot of bullet dodging during a search for the 'holy grail' of plecs along the Xingu.
With careful choice of hardscape, it’s possible to use just a single rock to make a great feature, as this month’s step by step Cherry shrimp aquascape shows. Meanwhile, our quick ID guide will help you tell whether those unexpected 'guests' in your freshwater tank are friend or foe.
There’s advice on sexing fish and we reveal the most common pond construction and stocking blunders and explain how you can avoid them.
Drone technology provides a real-time picture of the aquatic habitats along the Xingu, while a search for the holy grail of plecs leads to a spot of bullet dodging!
On the saltwater front, our essential stocking guide will help you reduce territorial issues in the marine aquarium, plus there's a spotlight on the button polyp — once available in any shade so long as it was brown, these inverts have seen an explosion in colour, and the most desirable forms can now set you back £200 — per polyp!
All this and much more in the May issue of PFK.
The Spring issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine comes with a FREE 24-page pull-out pond guide. Plus new cichlids and plants to buy in the shops, tiny Boraras for your nano tank, L-numbers in their natural habitat, colourful crayfish, a novel new approach to reefkeeping and much more...
Our fish of the month are the tiny Boraras. Peaceful, colourful and with easily met demands, it’s amazing that these aren’t the most popular nano fish on the planet.
Discover three truly gorgeous cichlids and two new plants you can expect to see gracing the tanks of specialist stores right now.
We explain how to keep and breed it the beautiful Beckford’s pencilfish and meet an aquarist who travels the world and builds tanks based on where he’s been. Meanwhile, we take you on a trip to the Xingu — home to many of the most popular L-number plecs.
Many people consider crayfish as something for their plate, but we explain why these characterful crustaceans make highly interesting pets.
Tank looking a bit tired? Freshen up your aquarium with some simple maintenance and you’ll soon regain its ‘wow’ factor. Follow our spring cleaning guide or, if your planted set-up is looking tired or overgrown, it could be time to consider a re-scape. We show you how to go about it.
Can less decor lead to more impact? Nathan Hill thinks so, and he’s determined to make the point by holding back on his own set-up. You can see how he gets on in the latest issue of PFK.
Build a wet and dry filter for your freshwater aquarium for under £12 in our step by step guide.
We look at a novel technique in reefkeeping that's changing the way we look at tank maintenance. But how does the Triton method work? Plus a spotlight on detritus eaters for the marine aquarium and a reader's reef set-up.
We compare 20 pH test kits with prices from £5.99 to over £300, review some of the latest new gear on the market and visit shops in Southampton and Cambridgeshire.
And in the centre of the magazine you can find your free 24-page guide to building, stocking and maintaining your garden pond.
All this and much more in the Spring 2016 issue of PFK.
In PFK's April issue you can discover how to set-up an action-packed aquarium for fish with real firepower. You can also meet a whole host of fish that feed, court, breed or breathe out of water. There’s a guide to setting up a deceptively simple aquascape with plants you’ll be able to grow, a spotlight on a stunning cousin of the Convict cichlid, and 14 fabulous fish for a marine nano set-up.
If you want an action-packed aquarium, try keeping archers — fish with real firepower!
Nano tanks offer an affordable entry point for newcomers to reefkeeping, or those with limited space. But what fish are really suited to such small aquaria?
Meet a few of the slightly less aquatic fish, many of which can be kept in home aquaria.
Kris Oddy may not be a name that aquascapers immediately recognise. His amazing talent has gone undiscovered, until now...
All this and more in the April 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping.
In the March issue of Practical Fishkeeping we reveal your top 20 aquarium fish, visit an amazing 5000 l reef tank and profile some tiny cichlids that live in shells. Plus, the most common fishkeeping mistakes and how not to make them...
We asked you to vote for your favourite fish in our recent PFK readers’ poll. In the March issue we bring you the top 20...
We meet a reader who re-built his house around his reef aquarium amd James Findlay, of The Green Machine, talks us through his latest concept aquascape.
We spotlight the Tanganyikan curiosities that make their homes in snail shells and introduce a selection of freshwater puffer fish that make great family pets.
Create a low energy set-up with our simple step by step guide; discover how to get the best circulation in your planted aquarium for improved growth. Meanwhile, fish breeding expert Gabor Horvath reveals what he keeps in his fridge, and there's advice on how to avoid the most common fishkeeping mistakes.
Go fish-only with your marine tank and discover some of the greatest aquarium ‘personalities’, plus we look at a few of the more suitable species of wrasse for the reef tank.
The latest products are reviewed in the PFK Gear Guide and our experts answer more of your fishkeeping questions.
All this and much more in the March 2016 issue of PFK.
In the February issue of PFK you can meet endearing gobies, take inspiration from the world's best aquascapes, set up a low energy planted tank and meet some mini JCBs. Plus, we test 27 aquarium heaters, visit a reader's reef aquarium and much more...
Give the Stiphodon a try, and you’ll join the growing world of goby addicts.
We showcase the highest ranking entries in the 2015 International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest.
Marine fish that dig or burrow bring a number of benefits — and a few potential problems. So what should you consider before stocking these tiny JCBs?
When it comes to bottom dwelling fish, colour can be hard to come by. Some species make up for this with bold patterning — including some strikingly marked Corydoras.
All this and much more in the February 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping.
The January 2016 issue of PFK brings you wonderful whiptail catfish, advice on choosing fish to suit your water, how to deal with the tank bully, and ideas for family friendly fishkeeping. And that's just for starters...
Keep your eyes peeled and what looks like a branch in a tank might turn out to be one of the best catfish you’ll ever see.
If the peace in your tank has been shattered, it’s time to deal with the troublemakers.
Some marine fish can deliver a painful sting or bite — or even poison you or any tank mates. It pays to know what you’re dealing with and the precautions to take.
All this and much more in the January 2016 issue of PFK.