Preparations are underway at Maidenhead Aquatics for the launch of their annual Fishkeeper Fry project (now in its third year), starting early in January 2019, and applications are now open.
Fishkeeper Fry is a free, fun and engaging video-led educational programme designed by a team of fishkeeping experts at Maidenhead Aquatics specifically for primary school children, aged 7-8 years to help develop the next generation of responsible fishkeepers.
Not only does this programme provide a great way to get children interested in a fascinating hobby from an early age and provide a great enhancement to traditional science curriculum lessons, but it also offers a range of other benefits to the wider learning experience in the form of mood enhancement and a means of encouraging relaxation in children.
Selected schools have access to a series of short instructional films created just for them by Maidenhead Aquatics’ in-house film production team, along with all the equipment they need to follow along with the films provided completely free of charge (courtesy of Maidenhead Aquatics and their partners Hagen and Tetra) so that they can learn hands-on how to set up an aquarium and look after their fish well - hopefully inspiring them to become our responsible fishkeepers of the future.
Participating schools are allocated a local Maidenhead Aquatics store for the duration of the programme who are available to provide expert day-to-day advice and support for them during the programme and ongoing.
Classes who are selected to take part are simply asked to share their experience with the marketing team at Maidenhead Aquatics as they go on their journey of discovery, in the form of journals, artwork and photos that we can use to share with our social and website audiences.
The programme has attracted some great feedback from teachers who have already participated:
‘A really great learning experience for all involved. Many of the children are now talking about wanting their own tanks and one boy has decided to become a marine biologist!’ Basildon Primary
‘I have recommended it to colleagues at other schools. It’s a brilliant way to introduce children to the joy of keeping fish.’ St. Joseph’s Primary
Other comments included:
‘We are keeping the fish to start a Fishkeeper club at lunchtimes, so the rest of the school can meet and enjoy the fish. Thank you for making it possible.’
‘We followed up many of the video lessons with further learning in science to maximise the children’s experience. In maths we made graphs of the chemical levels over time. We also wrote instructions and explanations using our new knowledge and created some fish themed art work.’
‘I would certainly recommend this programme to other schools and have already done so! The children learned a lot, not only about how to keep fish but also about important scientific concepts such as photosynthesis and digestion. A number of our children with specific learning needs engaged particularly well with the activities and found the presence of the fish calming. Many children from other classes also visited us to see the fish and it was lovely to see the children sharing their new knowledge with others.’
At the end of the 8-week programme, schools have the option of keeping their aquarium on school premises, providing them with ongoing educational value from this experience once the programme has finished. In addition, they continue to benefit from ongoing support from the expert fishkeepers at their local Maidenhead Aquatics stores to support help with upkeep and maintenance of their aquarium.
If you know of a Year 3 class who might like to have their own aquarium to look after and learn about the wonders of fishkeeping you can find out more information here: www.fishkeeperfry/fishkeeperfry
Applications close on November 9, 2018 at which time we will select the schools who will participate in the 2019 programme and notify as to next steps.
We are seeking an Aquatic Fish House Assistant to join our expanding business. Now entering into our 12th year, All Pond Solutions is one of the leading online aquatics retailers going through a sustained period of growth, recently broadening the product range with our new Pet line under our sister brand All Pet Solutions.
The role includes maintaining and developing an in depth knowledge of tropical, cold water and marine fish-keeping and plants. Organising in and outbound deliveries for a wide selection of fish, plants, shrimp and snails. Maintaining equipment, feeding, treating, cleaning and much more!
We are ideally looking for a candidate with a proven background in aquatics, however, personal fishkeeping experience and a love of the hobby is essential. The perfect employee would have the ability to work under their own initiative, think logically and recommend solutions for the fish house.
We are offering full time employment with a few additional hours over the weekend. Free onsite parking, work pension schemes available, staff recognition schemes and large staff discounts!
To apply please send in a CV as well as stating any notice period & any practical fish keeping experience.
To apply for this exciting role please head to www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/job-opportunities
We are seeking an enthusiastic Aquatic Manager/Assistant to join our established busy aquatics shop with a friendly team. This is a full-time role with weekend work (closed on Mondays)
The role requires a flexible approach as no two day will be the same, roles will involve Aquatic and Retail Sales, Ordering live, dry & perishable goods from suppliers globally, tank maintenance, pricing new stock which may not arrive in UK sterling, maintain the standards of the shop, setting tasks for the team to achieve.
You will also be required to act on behalf of the proprietor when absent so essential you have the correct initiative and attitude to do so.
· An interest / knowledge in Fish both tropical freshwater & pond (we don’t stock marine)
· Mature and confident manner
· Competent sales ability
· Organised, methodical and driven
· Aquatic or Retail Sales
· A good understanding of Microsoft Word & Excel
To apply please send in a CV as well as stating any notice period & any practical fish keeping experience.
For more details either contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 0208 5056444.
Love Betta? Then this 23rd and 24th of June 2018, you'll want to head on over to The Oak Hotel, Solihull, for the UK's National Betta Show!
Hosted by a group of hardcore aquarists and lifelong Betta fans, the event kicks off with a social evening on Friday 22nd, where guests can get to know the judges, breeders and other attendees.
Saturday includes a Bettas4all contest and judging, event speakers, and trade stalls, followed by a social three course meal.
Sunday sees the UK owners show and judging, with more speakers and prize-giving towards the end of the day.
Expect to see hundreds of Betta over the course of the weekend, and meet many like-minded individuals.
Ticket prices start at £7.50 per head for early-bird bookings, while a family ticket costs £10, and the three-course meal is an additional £30.
Venue address is The Oak Hotel, 8640 Stratford Rd, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 5NW,
For more information, including booking details, check out the website at www.bettashow.co.uk
Renowned aquarist and founder of CE Essentials, Chris Englezou, will be lecturing on Pterophyllum altum and other angelfish species on April 22nd in Suffolk.
Anyone wishing to attend should make their way to Moulton Village Hall, Moulton, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8SP on that date. Doors open at 9am and there is a £5 admission fee which includes membership to the East Anglia Cichlid Group.
For more details, check out freshwaterlifeproject.org
Aquarium Architecture is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Field Engineer to join their Maintenance Team in London. The role requires experience in maintaining either freshwater or saltwater aquariums – whether for others or just your own aquarium at home.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a highly skilled team working on amazing projects in London and around the UK.
Daily responsibilities include:
- Cleaning and caring for tanks of many different sizes and shapes, including water testing, assessing livestock health, water changes, medicating tanks, feeding fish and delivering products to clients.
- Client communication and representing the company in a professional manner.
- Safe transportation, delivery and introduction of livestock.
- Ensuring the ongoing health and development of client displays.
- Able to work On Call, in rotation with other Field Engineers.
Desired skills and experience
- At least a basic knowledge of salt and fresh water aquatic life and maintenance
- Excellent time management skills
- Eager to learn and utilise proper cleaning techniques
- Driving License required
£18,000 - £27,000 + Bonus
Salary dependant on experience and suitability to the role.
For more details, call Aquarium Architecture on 020 777 12345, or email email@example.com
Visit Aquarium Architecture's website at www.aquariumarchitecture.com
Love Fancy Goldfish? Looking for something to do this Sunday?
Star Fisheries will be running an open day for showcasing High quality fancy Goldfish on Sunday March 4th 2018.
If you remember the Goldfish Galore article in our January issue you’ll have an idea of the quality of fancy Goldfish that can be found at Star Fisheries. The fish available this weekend have been selected from around the world to offer small, high grade fish, one-off show standard fish and a number of ‘special’ fish which have been grown on to jumbo size at the Star Fisheries facilities.
Some bargains can be expected as this is the last open day until October.
10am to 3pm (latest entry at 2.30pm) at:
The event is open from
Star Fisheries, 94a Bexhill Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3RX
Tel: 0208 915 0455
(no standard grade goldfish will be available at the open day.)
OASE are one of the market leaders in Water Gardening and pride themselves on their exciting, innovative and market leading products. In the last year OASE has expanded into the Indoor Aquatics market, including the acquisition of BiOrb, as well as Drainage & Irrigation products.
As part of our ongoing expansion we are recruiting for a new position as part of our technical department. Candidates must have a keen interest in ponds and/or aquariums and we will provide full training on everything else.
This role requires a great deal of flexibility as no two days are the same. The successful candidate will need a willingness to learn, lots of enthusiasm and excellent customer service skills. The role includes dealing with both trade and consumer enquires (verbal and written) so a basic understanding of ponds or aquariums is important. The role is based at our offices near Andover in Hampshire so the successful applicant will need to able to travel there each day or relocate to the area. A full driving license is essential.
- Dealing with enquiries in relation to orders and products
- Testing incoming returns and processing necessary paper work
- Attending exhibitions, customer weekends and site visits when required
At OASE we have a very stable team who are widely regarded as the best in the industry. If you want to be part of this and grow with us then please contact Amanda Crook – Sales Office Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 09th March 2018
King British are asking you to share pictures of your catfish for the chance to win top prizes!
Entry is easy. Simply take a cool shot of your catfish or catfish crew, then upload it to the King British Facebook page.
The person who takes the winning photo will receive an awesome prize bundle, including an 80-litre Superfish Home aquarium (with in-built filter and LED lighting), a Plecostomus Plush toy, a King British specialist food bundle including Algae Wafers, Plecostomus Tablets and Catfish Pellets, and a King British Complete Guide to Catfish!
Four lucky runners-up will also each receive a Plecostomus Plush.
The competition goes live as of February 1st 2018, and runs through until 28th Feb. Get those picture in to be in with a chance!
Keeping things fresh for 2018, there has been a staffing overhaul on team PFK. Former editor Karen Youngs has now left to work on a different (non-fishy) title, meaning that former features editor Nathan Hill has stepped in to the role of associate editor.
Replacing Nathan, we have Steve Baker who joins the team as staff writer. Switched on readers may recall Steven’s name from when we featured his spectacular ‘Wall of Life’ aquarium in the July issue.
So, without further ado, we hand you across to Steve to introduce himself!
“I would first like to say an all-encompassing hello to all of our readers as your new staff writer – I hope to bring you interesting, informative and encouraging articles and reviews with an air of character.
“So that you know who I am a bit and where I’m coming from, I’ve been in the ornamental aquatics trade nearly all my working life (some 20 years). I’ve worked for numerous retail businesses and wholesalers – some pond fish specialists, most covering all aspects of fishkeeping. Before any of that I’d spent 3 years at an agricultural college studying toward a Fisheries Studies BTEC National Diploma.
“My Fish journey really started with a tropical tank for my 10th birthday and a pond in my parents’ garden combined with a love of nature from a very early age. My real passion is for tropical fish, or more correctly, tropical habitats and the fish and plants that live within them (not that I shun our native watery habitats and inhabitants). So, my thing is biotopes and naturalistic set-ups but I do like to push myself, test my boundaries, so in my new position you’ll see me trying my hand at modern-day aquascaping for the first time, working out my own approach to marine keeping, and forcing myself to go back to basics for features.
“My concern with the industry is that there are still lots of people out there pushing advice and fishkeeping practices that I was introduced to when I started fish keeping in 1989! For some, it seems the only thing that’s been updated is the equipment we use while ethics have stalled.
“On social media I see many new and experienced fish keepers helping each other which is great. Most groups and pages give a lot of good, up-to-date advice, steering newbies away from the classic mistakes – think of those surrounding fishless cycling, correct care for Betta splendens, or correct tank sizes for goldfish, etc. Maybe modern media is less attractive to people unwilling to adopt new methods, though there are still some groups that are less than concerned with up-to-date practices.
“There seems to be a resurgence of subjecting potentially very big fish to small tanks. This is akin to locking a human up in a small with a low celling, no chance to exercise muscle tissue, very little to stimulate the mind, and barely enough room to grow straight, let alone to full potential.
“Responsible retailers miss out on sales because there are always stores that will sell an unsuitable fish. These sales can lead to the fish suffering a tedious existence, or the fish keeper becoming dismayed at the prospect of the unexpected costs of a larger tank, eventually quitting the hobby completely.
“Studies have shown that fish do feel pain and that the traditional idea of a fish holding a three-second memory is farcical. Nowadays, if people keep dogs or a horse in poor, confined conditions they face being convicted of cruelty, but fish seem to have missed that boat with most people. The fact they have a spine means they should be as treasured as a more conventional pet legally – though personally I don’t understand that, in my mind the irritating fly around my food has just as much right to live, if not more, as I do. Still, the phrase ‘it’s just a fish’ is still heard regularly by shop staff.
“This is the place to gain favor for my kind of thoughts as most – perhaps nearly all – readers of these pages may hold similar views. At the end of the day, you’ve spent time and money to read and learn about the marvels of our underwater environments and the information and views I’ve read within this magazine over the years have always been up to date and pushing modern, responsible practices. That’s the biggest reason I am proud to be working on such a publication and encouraging good care for our wet pets.”
We hope you join us in wishing Steve a very warm welcome!
Maidenhead Aquatics is once again embracing its popular Fishkeeper Fry programme, designed to teach primary school children aged between 7-8 years, about responsible fishkeeping, by giving them their very own aquarium to develop and nurture in their school.
The programme runs for eight weeks, beginning with teaching the children how to set up an aquarium, adding live plants and learning about the biology behind a healthy tank. By the end of the eight week programme the children will have learnt about and added five different species of fish into their aquarium, watching it thrive in their classroom!
Each week, the programme is designed to teach the class a specific topic relating to successful fishkeeping, whilst also allowing them to discover the wonders of their new hobby. This learning initiative is led by an interactive series of videos that is released weekly on the Maidenhead Aquatics website and YouTube Channel throughout the course of the programme. The videos have been designed and created by the Maidenhead Aquatics production team, Fishkeeper Films, specifically for primary school children.
The videos show the children, step-by-step, what they will be doing for their aquarium that week, provide them with information on various fishkeeping topics, and even ask questions, which combined with their weekly task sheets, keeps the class engaged and excited for the following week’s video and tasks. Maidenhead also run a ‘Fishkeeper of the Week’ award, giving the child which shows the most commitment to the project a chance to be featured on the fishkeeper.co.uk website, alongside other competitions such as best drawings and best aquarium, submitted via photographs from the teachers.
In order to make this programme happen, the livestock, guides, information packs and video course have been created and supplied by the Marketing team at Maidenhead Aquatics. With the support of API and Fluval, the aquarium and all the equipment needed to successfully set up the tank have also been provided to each school that signed up for the programme, as an invaluable learning tool, completely free of charge.
Fishkeeper Fry began on the 15th January with an amazing 80 schools onboard and our industry is excited to welcome so many young members into the world of fishkeeping!
To follow the progress of Fishkeeper Fry 2018, or to register your interest for the programme next year, please visit the dedicated webpage for the project.
Star Fisheries is hosting an open day on Sunday 21st of January, 2018. Doors open at 10am and close at 3pm.
Owner Andy Green says: "For our First Open Day of the Year we will be offering a Fantastic new selection of Fancy Goldfish from around the World.
"With over 5,000 New fish arriving since our last Open Day we have a vast new range for sale from the smaller Higher Grade fish to the Larger and Jumbo Sizes.
"Here are just a few New Fish that will be for sale on the day:
"A New Variety 'Jumbo Half Moon Peacock Tail Oranda' from Thailand, Tosakin, Jikin, Red Eye Silver Ryukin, Orandas of exceptional Quality, UK Bristol Shubunkin, Andrew James Ranchu, Lionheads, Bubbleyes, Celestial, Pom Poms, Pearlscales, Shortail Ryukin, Butterfly Moors, Panda Oranda, Ranchu, Longtail Ryukin, Demekin and many many more."
Free parking exists on site.
STAR FISHERIES, 94a Benhill Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3RX
Telephone: 0208 915 0455
OFI reports that the marine ornamental fish industry has suffered another blow with the recent announcement by the Ministry of Fisheries in Fiji to implement a zero quota for export of live rock and coral for 2018. While the move is aimed at protecting the island nations coral reef resources, there is considerable confusion around the announcement particularly about export of farmed corals and potential massive job losses with one industry member already announcing they will need to shed 75% of their workforce as a result of this change to legislation.
OFI supports the sustainable wild harvesting of both freshwater and marine organisms. It needs to be recognised that this industry has a significant impact on the livelihoods of many artisanal fisherman around the world, with many thousands of fisherman deriving an income form the industry. OFI President said “Well managed and sustainable fisheries are recognised as vital tools in the conservation of various habitats around the world. We are concerned for the Fiji industry, particularly in the view of the lack of consultation with industry and the extremely short notice given to industry for this and not allowing any transitional arrangement to reduce the impact to industry and most importantly local employment.”
At least 20% of corals exported from Fiji are maricultured and it is unclear whether this practice will be allowed to continue or not. Aquaculture in general has grown exponentially in the past decades and its importance almost surpass that of fisheries. Also in the ornamental aquatic industry captive bred organisms are gaining importance. In the case of Fiji, we hope there will be room for growing and exporting corals and to further expand our knowledge on the biology of corals and possible spinoff for conservation.
It is hoped that the government will consult with industry to develop a long-term plan to continue this industry in a sustainable manner that meets conservation objectives while maintaining employment and a badly needed export industry for Fiji.
Scientists are a step closer to ending the deadly and destructive practice of illegal cyanide fishing, thanks to new research.
The use of cyanide to stun and capture fish for both the ornamental and food trades is still a problem in tropical seas, particularly in the Coral Triangle region, despite governments introducing laws against it.
It involves cyanide being dissolved in either bottles or drums and used to stun fish living within the coral reefs, making them easier to catch. But it has detrimental effects on the fish, coral reefs and the fishers involved.
Now two separate reports commissioned by the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) and the company behind the global chain of Sea Life aquariums have helped bring the likelihood of finding a validated test a step closer.
A robust detection test will help law enforcement pursue people through the courts by accurately showing the targeted use of cyanide rather than possible background levels already in the environment from other sources, like mining or agriculture. This will also then hopefully act as a deterrent to the practice.
Ben Spinks, of the Sea Life network’s Marine Animal Welfare and Development office in Weymouth, Dorset, said he and his colleagues were keen to find a way of ensuring no cyanide-caught fish ended up in Sea Life displays.
“This is an aspiration we share with OATA, which wishes to prevent cyanide-caught fish reaching high-street aquatic suppliers and their customers,” he added.
“This illegal practise tarnishes our industry’s reputation. Like Sea Life, we want to see it ended and to trade only in legal and sustainably caught fish,” said Dominic Whitmee, Chief Executive of OATA.
So, the two bodies have collaborated, with Sea Life owners’ Merlin commissioning a detailed analysis of the various detection methods and OATA funding a study on how cyanide is metabolised in fish to try to find the best indicator of exposure to test for.
Both reports were carried out by executive agency Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), with the Fish Health Inspectorate acting as independent co-ordinators.
“It was important to have this independent assessment and the results give us a clear path towards the goal of safe, reliable tests robust enough to stand up in court that can help us to end illegal cyanide fishing permanently,” said Dominic Whitmee. “They tell us what is now necessary to establish ‘baseline’ background cyanide levels in each region, what is the best ‘indicator’ to test for and recommendations as to which test methods offer the most promise for laboratory or field tests.”
OATA and the Sea Life chain will be delivering both reports to industry colleagues and calling for their support, as well as that of key research centres, to get the necessary research done.
“These reports represent the best currently available science in the field which we hope will provide a catalyst for all those already engaged in the development of tests,” said Dominic Whitmee. “OATA continues to do what we can to help find a solution to this problem but we need everyone with an interest to come together and collaborate in a determined effort to find a solution.”
“The livelihoods of many thousands of families are at stake,” Ben Spinks added. “There are 370 million people living in the Coral Triangle – stretching from Malaysia and the Philippines to Indonesia and the Solomon Islands – and most rely on the ocean. “It is important for their futures, as well as for the reputations of the aquarium and hobbyist trades, that we move as quickly as we can to eradicate illegal cyanide fishing and help safeguard the health of the marine environment in the region.”
This little snailfish thrives at depths of up to 8,000 metres/26,200ft — that’s almost five miles deep! It’s found Mariana Trench near Guam and it’s just been given an official name by the international team of researchers that discovered it.
The Mariana snailfish, Pseudoliparis swirei, is the deepest dwelling fish that’s been collected from the ocean floor. Mackenzie Gerringer, of the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, says: “They don’t look very robust or strong for living in such an extreme environment, but they are extremely successful.”
Snailfish are found at many different depths in marine waters around the world, including off the coast of San Juan Island, where Gerringer is continuing research on the family of fish. In deep water, they cluster together in groups and feed on tiny crustaceans and shrimp using suction from their mouths to gulp prey. Little is known about how these fish can live under intense water pressure, which at that sort of depth would be similar to an elephant standing on your thumb.
Tetra has expanded its popular problem-solving range for aquariums with its Phosphate Minus and pH/KH Minus solutions. Dedicated to making fishkeeping increasingly easy, the new launches provide fishkeepers with reliable and straightforward options to combat common issues for healthy waters where plants and fish can thrive.
Aquarium life relies on a balance of various water parameters, and phosphate concentration is one of them. Phosphate is a plant nutrient that arises naturally over time from contributing factors such as fish waste, food residues, and dead plants. However, a high phosphate concentration can stem plant growth and lead to an increase in algae growth.
Providing a fast-acting solution, Tetra PhosphateMinus naturally reduces excessively high levels of phosphate in aquariums and unlike some competitor products, does so without clouding up the aquarium water or leaving any residue on the ground. What’s more, Tetra PhosphateMinus is even suitable for soft water so there’s no need to test carbonate hardness before using.
For those looking to also regulate carbonate hardness levels, Tetra pH/KH Minus provides a controlled reduction of this, alongside pH value, leading to improved plant growth from the release of CO2.
Tetra PhosphateMinus and Tetra pH/KH Minus are suitable for all fresh water and marine aquariums and are available now in 100ml bottles with an RRP of £4.85 and £4.30, respectively.
More info: www.tetra-fish.co.uk
EHEIM has launched a new protein skimmer for marine tanks up to 300 l.
The EHEIM Skim Marine 300 is a compact skimmer powered by highly efficient needle wheel technology. It has an adjustable air intake which sucks in air independently and determines the skim rate. It is easy to attach the skimmer to the aquarium glass using the magnetic holder or it can be installed in a sump if preferred.
EHEIM says that the skimmer is quiet in operation and has a low energy consumption while offering a high skimming performance. It can be completely disassembled for cleaning.
The EHEIM Skim Marine 300 also comes with a three-year warranty.
More info: www.eheim.com
Award-winning aquatic nutrition specialist, World Feeds, has launched a new flake food for Rift Valley cichlids.
Following on from the success of Vitalis Rift Lake Green Cichlid Pellets, this new food is also formulated for the herbivorous cichlid species of the African rift lakes, including Tropheus and many mbuna species.
The new Vitalis Rift Lake Green Flakes boast the same tailored, spirulina rich formulation as the pellets, but they are designed to provide a method of feeding small and juvenile cichlids with lower protein requirements. Importantly, the latest cichlid flakes have the added versatility that they can be left large for feeding bigger fish when required.
The balanced flakes also deliver key nutrients from a blend of high quality algae, and incorporate natural pigments to achieve healthy fish colouration.
Available in three pot sizes: 30g, 90g and 200g.
More info: vitalisaquatic.uk or worldfeeds.uk.
Fancy one of the best jobs in fishkeeping? Come and work with us!
Practical Fishkeeping is an essential read for anyone with an interest in fish, whether tropical, coldwater, marine or pond. It’s the first port of call for in-depth information on the fish to choose and how to care for them, along with inspirational ideas, step by step guides, product reviews and expert advice.
We are looking for a talented writer to join our small but perfectly formed team, here in Peterborough. The ideal candidate will need to:
- Provide lively and informative articles for our knowledgeable and passionate audience of fishkeepers.
- Inspire readers to improve and extend their skills with clear and concise step by step features.
- Have a good understanding of social media.
A knowledge of fish and fishkeeping would also be an advantage.
The role is full-time and based at Bauer Magazine Media, Media House, Peterborough.
Interested? Send a covering letter, a copy of your CV and a 500-word piece on your favourite fish to email@example.com
Closing date: December 15th 2017.
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?
All this and much more in the January issue — on sale now!
Order your December copy today for free first class delivery to your home. Or why not subscribe to the magazine? Check out our latest subscription offer and save yourself money!