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?
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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.
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.