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.