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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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.
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.