It’s that time of year when fish keeping moves outdoors to enjoy the spring and our pond fish vats fill with colourful hardy fishes. For most garden ponds, the rainbow hues of goldfish varieties (Carassius auratus) such as comets, shubunkins, canaries and sarasas can provide colour and movement in a convenient package without the demands on space and filtration that koi make. Of course, koi are well worth the effort but that’s a subject for another time
Spring comes to temperate fishes too and in the case ofRainbow shiners (Notropis chrosomus) it means that it’s time for the males to wear their metallic blue courting colours. This male at our Cirencester store is just starting to get into his finery and this is part of the reason why these fish are best kept cool, as without the seasonal temperature variation they lack the switch that triggers them to look their best.
A visit to our Crawley store is often like a trip to the sweet shop and the well stocked coral trays often look good enough to eat. Spoilt for choice with a range of photogenic fishes and inverts, it was a particularly vibrant section of the LPS tray that won its place on this page.
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Albino varieties can be something of a marmite issue in the fish keeping hobby but it was hard not to be struck by the vigour of the Albino Kribs (Pelvicachromis pulcher) seen during a visit to
Some fish seem more interested than others in the goings on outside of their tank and one such individual was this Algae blenny (Salarius fasciatus)that was happily watching the world go by from the safety of its chosen hideout in our Leicester store. A combination of great character and an appetite for microalgae make these hard working fishes a popular choice for marine tanks.
A species popular with fish keepers for decades, Dwarf gouramis (Trichogaster
It’s an interesting phenomenon that Corydoras catfish seem to repeat - colour patterns shared in a long-nosed and a short-nosed species found alongside one another. It may be that they both gain protection through this mutual pattern in terms of camouflage, or given their defensive spines it may be sensible to carry the same warning for mutual predators: whatever the reason it means that the Mosaic cory(Corydoras
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