The March 2019 issue of Practical Fishkeeping is positively bulging with all of your aquarium favourites!
Kicking things off, editor Nathan Hill makes a hard sell for Pencilfish of the genus Nannostomus. If you haven’t considered a handful of these peaceful but shy surface dwellers for your quiet community tank, this might change your mind
Next up, we have the discovery of an underground Swamp eel. Find out how an amphibian expert in India discovered a species that’s making us rethink what a ‘fish’ really is.
This month’s habitat exploration comes courtesy of Daniel Konn-Vetterlein who takes a trip deep into Bolivia in a hunt for catfish and characins. Is your next biotope aquarium idea right here?
Our reader visit takes us out to the home of Corydoras keeper Mike King who shows us around his treasure trove of a collection and drops some handy tips on home spawning.
Neale Monks investigates a fish that’s as long as it is toothy – the Rocket gars of the genus Ctenolucius. Find out if your set up is right for one of these high-speed predators.
Is your tank home to a ‘hidden’ hybrid? Jeremy Gay looks at the stealthy hybrids that most keepers don’t even know are a mix of multiple species.
You’d think that setting up a biotope in South America would be easy, right? Not so, says Tai Strietman who is living in Brazil. Follow his story of setting up an authentic Characin aquarium.
Sometimes eight legs are better than two, and never is this more true than in the world of the fascinating Octopus. Tristan Lougher looks at the cephalopods that you can try at home – but only if you’re an experienced aquarist.
We have a trio of ‘Fishkeeping know-how’ features, including everything you wanted to know about all the different aquarium wood types available, how to deal with phosphates in your tank, and how to put together a staple supply of treatments for your medicine cupboard.
Also in this issue we have all our regular features, including an ethical debate about venomous fish, a roadtrip to Lincolnshire, the latest fishkeeping news, 9 pages of your questions answered, product reviews of Oase’s thermofilter, Eheim’s new food (and more), as well as letters and the editor’s tailpiece op-ed.
This month’s issue comes complete with a FREE 16-page Marine Beginner’s Guide, on top of the high-calibre fishkeeping content you’ve come to expect from us here at PFK. In this bulging issue we have everything from Moray eels to Botia loaches, tiny catfish, big-mouthed predators plus a wealth of cichlids and breeding tips to try at home.
Flowerhorns! Our cover feature this month is absolute fishkeeping Marmite. Are you a lover or a hater of the hybrid that’s dividing fishkeeping communities? Nathan Hill investigates.
Ichthyologist Tim Smith looks at a Leopard that won’t change its spots – the Leopard bushfish! Meet the fish with the high-speed bite and stunning markings.
Tristan Lougher talks Tangs – those graceful, elegant, matt-coloured herbivores that grace the finest marine set-ups the world over.
Steve Baker investigates the loaches of the Botia genus, unveiling a surprisingly friendly, snail-munching bunch that might be better suited to the community than you think.
For our reader visit we take a trip to see Max Pedley, a young aquarist with an enviable cichlid collection and an encyclopedic knowledge.
Ol’ blue eyes – Lee Nuttall, the UK’s leading cichlid biotope aficionado, gives us an insight into the life, taxonomy and care of Cryptoheros spilurus.
World renowned fish breeder John Rundle returns with a magnificent piece on breeding Nannacara taenia, a charming cichlid that’s often overlooked but a real delight to keep.
Otocinclus are more than just miniature algae eaters. They’re a catfish curiosity all of their own, with fascinating feeding techniques and heaps of activity.
Also in the issue: building a home for Apistogramma, how to prepare botanicals, roadtrip to three great Essex stores, exploring the Pantanal, Fluval’s new LED lights with Bluetooth connectivity, the ethics of fish breeding, all your fishkeeping Q&As resolved, news and more!
The June issue of PFK goes on sale 11th April 2018, and this issue is a real doozy!
Kicking off with the cover story, Steve Baker tells us all about the most colourful killifish varieties, how you can keep them, and the rewards you'll get from breeding.
New contributor Tim Smith writes up his experiences with the 'freshwater' moray eel, and offers some insight in to how they really need to be kept.
Ready to be inspired? Tai Strietman puts together an awesome billabong biotope complete with dazzling rainbowfish.
Jeremy Gay returns to write all about the deep-bodied and lovable Ryukin goldfish, a strain that can carry a hefty price tag.
In-house step-by-step projects return with a superb open-topped 'poppy field' tank inhabited by South American delicacies.
Dave Wolfenden teaches all there is to know about the fabulous world of wriggling marine worms – including some very attractive and some terrifying species!
Ethical debates continue with a discussion of fish-in cycling. Is it always a clear cut case that fish-in cycling is bad?
Also in this issue, see the rarest Malawi cichlid in the UK, find a pond project for you this summer, one readers magnificent reef tank, your letters, your questions answered, shops visited and gear tested!
Our new look magazine is out now, featuring phase one of our redesign. Pick up a copy, turn the pages and be surprised – we're overhauling a lot.
Our first major feature is a ten-page plunge in to the Morichales of Venezuela with intrepid fish explored Ivan Mikolji.
This issue sees the start our new regular 'debate page'. This month, editor Nathan Hill and staff writer Steve Baker discuss the ins and outs of Parrot cichlids. Is there a place for hybrids in modern fishkeeping?
Steve Baker talks us through the wonderful Whiptails of South America, including how to set up for, keep and identify some of the species you're more likely to find on sale.
New contributor Mark Beeston gives us reasons to embrace Anthias – possibly the best marine shoaling fish you can buy, as long as you can get over the feeding difficulties.
Neale Monks takes a look at the transparent side of things, investigating the worlds' see-through fish species.
Gabor Horvath compares 38 different pond pumps in our in-depth review.
There's also a river tank, Tropheus duboisi, surface dwelling fish, marine Boxfish, shops visited, gear reviewed, and all your fishkeeping questions answered by our carefully vetted PFK panel of experts.
The April issue is HEAVING with fishy content, from familiar faces to a handful of oddities you've likely never seen before – plus it marks the first magazine with new associate editor Nathan Hill and new staff writer Steve Baker at the helm!
The April Fish of the Month are the venerable Paradise fish, a genus that can claim its fishkeeping roots as far back as the Victorian era!
We head out on a reader visit where we meet Jamie Hendle and his 8ft 'tankbuster' set up with Arowana, stingrays and more.
Jeremy Gay tries to get to grips with the enigma that is Jewel cichlids, only to find it's a harder task than he imagined!
Marine fans will love Tristan Lougher's investigation of the different pipefish available, how to keep them, and the problems that can catch a naive keeper out.
New staff writer Steve Baker takes an in-depth look at the glorious Five-bar cichlids of Lake Tanganyika, a fish with a very traditional approach to family values.
This month's gear guide includes not one but TWO book reviews, including one particularly superb field guide to Amazonian fishes.
On the road, we find some marine fish on sale scraping perilously close to the £1000 mark. What fish could warrant such a price? Nice ones!
Finicky feeders are one thing, but hyper-specialist feeders are quite another. Chris Sergeant looks at some of the most demanding diets out there, and how you can provide for those few species that need them.
Pest anemones can be the bane of a marine set up, but they needn't be. Dave Wolfenden looks at the many methods – natural and synthetic – that you can employ to keep these nuisance creatures at bay.
Clinging to existence against staggering odds, the Cyprus killifish is a species under threat. Chris Englezou takes a trip to the Mediterranean to assess the situation.
As well as that, this month we see the return on the in-house step-by-step set up, a shoptour to a readers' poll favourite, algae control methods, community alternatives to rowdy fish, and all your fishkeeping questions answered by our panel of experts. You can even finish it all off with the editor's tailpiece ramble – just what DID happen to the Big Fish Campaign?
The January 2018 issue of PFK is packed from cover to cover with all your favourite fish, plus amazing aquariums, inspirational ideas and essential advice — plus a FREE 24-page beginners’ guide to fishkeeping.
Our fish of the month are the dainty ricefish — easy to keep, fascinating to breed and they don’t need acres of space. Find out everything you need to know about these rock stars of the science world.
Meanwhile Gabor Horvath gets reacquainted with a first love — discover the burning beauty that is the Flame tetra.
We spotlight five alleged community ne’er-do-wells — are they truly the underwater version of the Kray twins, or just misunderstood?
Meet the Malawi eyebiter cichlid — a fish that’s guaranteed to attract attention, and not just because of its name. Or why not go completely different and keep a Panther crab? It’s one of the few totally aquatic crabs available in the hobby — and it’s freshwater…
Find out what’s hot on the fancy goldfish front when we visit the UK’s leading supplier.
If saltwater is your thing, why not consider keeping a pair of fish? While many marine species are best kept singly to avoid conflict, there are some which do very well in pairs — and they may even breed for you! Discover some of the best choices.
Artemia have featured in South Park, NASA has sent them into space, and they’re a great live food. Don’t miss our guide on getting the best out of these incredible crustaceans.
We look at the kit you’ll need for an emergency fishkeeping toolbox, there’s a guide to buying a secondhand tank and our Diploma series covers disease issues and how to tackle them.
Plus, you can discover some of the highlights of the AQUA 2017 trade show in our special report.
Your FREE 24-page beginners’ guide includes all the information you need to set up your first aquarium. If you’re already an experienced fishkeeper, why not pass it on to a friend or relative and introduce them to the wonderful world of fish?
The January issue is on sale now!
Did you know that a Guppy is more closely related to humans than it is to a shark? This is just one of the 101 amazing facts about fish that you'll find in our special feature in this month's issue of PFK!
The December issue also brings you some fabulous ideas for winter breeding projects. There's a spotlight on the gloriously laid-back Mesonauta cichlids — beautiful, medium sized fish that won't eat your Neons, unlike some of their relatives. You can also discover the tiny Jae barb and find out the results of a study on the effects of bare tanks on Zebra danios.
We have three aquascaping ideas to inspire you and our recent travels turn up four rarities on the fish front that had the PFK staff doing backflips!
If you're looking for something striking but undemanding for your reef tank, check out the incredible Doughnut corals, or meet the marines from mucky homes — but don't worry, you won't have to replicate their habitat to keep them!
All this and much more in the December issue of PFK!
The November 2017 issue of Practical Fishkeeping comes with a FREE 24-page guide to keeping marines.
We offer a selection of tetras with more subtle colours to add contrast to your community aquarium; snakeheads are our fish of the month — discover why these beautiful fish are worth fighting for; be dazzled by the amazing colours of the Micro Lord corals; we introduce the Tamasaba goldfish — a fancy that you can even keep in your pond year-round; plus 25 aquarium pumps on test and much, much more.
In the September issue of Practical Fishkeeping, you can discover some of the brightest freshwater fish out there, and what makes them even more special is that you can grow them at home from mail order eggs — they’re the fishy equivalent of garden seeds!
Also in the September issue:
Find out why the Flyer cichlid makes a great introduction to Central American cichlids, and earn your breeding stripes by spawning the Zebra danio. We explain how to go about it.
We have some great inspirational ideas for three-foot tank set-ups — or alternatively, why not go ‘scape hunting? The concept is simple: go out, explore, be inspired, then use your experience to create an aquascape.
We revisit the star of one of this year’s most popular PFK reader visits, and bring you more rarities and curiosities encountered on our travels recently.
Discover how you can add variety to the diet of your fish, shrimp and snails, and save money into the bargain. And there are more ways to save money with our outdoor project ideas — so go on, make the most of the rest of the summer. It won’t last for ever!
We look at the arguments for and against keeping the remarkable Cleaner wrasse in the aquarium, and if that new marine fish you added acts nothing like you expected, or a peaceful fish has become a tyrant, our special feature explains what may have caused these changes in behaviour?
All this plus your questions answered by our team of experts, the latest products tried and tested — and much more.
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Welcome to our packed July 2017 issue.
Inside our packed April 2017 issue you can discover some tiny fish with HUGE impact and meet some bigger, colourful cichlids with personality. There's a Corydoras with a £240 price tag and some other coveted catfish to make you drool, and a rainbowfish expert shares his breeding secrets. Thinking of buying a new internal filter? Check out our 50-filter test before you make your final decision. On the saltier side, we show you how to buy and settle new corals. And if you thought life on the reef was quiet, think again! We look at some very noisy marine fish, plus what could possibly be the perfect reef-friendly fish for your tank. Plus loads more...
In our bumper 132-page December issue, we feature an 18-page Aquascaping Special which includes: The latest new plants. Step-by-step guides. Plant-free ideas. An Iwagumi masterclass and your FAQs answered.
All this and much more in the December 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine.
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.