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.
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.
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.