High summer temperatures make for ideal
Our hobby is an evolving one and advances are made all the time, some of these are more significant than others. It’s been very gratifying seeing the improvements made in the field of marine fish nutrition and prepared diets are now bringing extraordinary results with species previously impossible to keep in captivity long term. Traditionally, frozen foods have been the staple fare of saltwater keepers but their nutritional profile can’t provide everything delivered by a more balanced diet.
There are still some species that aren’t suited to captive husbandry and others which need to be carefully sourced in order to succeed. Advances in collection and transport techniques, shorter supply chains and
Not everybody likes their fishes small and pretty,
It is rather ironic that during one of the hottest parts of the year we’re looking at an animal that likes things cold. Due to habitat loss, it’s true to say that it’s a lot easier to find an Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) in captivity than in the Mexican lakes where these salamanders evolved. Part of the Mole salamander family, Axolotls are neotenous and rarely develop into the land-dwelling form that is the normal adult stage for most of their relatives. In this
As pets, ‘Axies’ are easily pleased and will thrive in cool hard water that’s well-filtered but free of strong currents. As they feed rather clumsily on a diet of pellets, frozen foods and earthworms they are prone to ingesting gravel - to avoid this, keep them either on sand (which they can easily process), or a bare/solid base. This lovely wild type was one of a batch at our Chester store.
If you’ve ever needed an excuse to get a chiller for your marine tank, or indeed an excuse to set up a subtropical reef tank then look no further. The Blue-spot jawfish (Opistognathus
Many of us inherit garden
These mixed baskets at our Andover store include rafting plants to boost wildlife habitat, as well as taller flowering plants to provide colour, form and nectar.
This month we introduce a new feature from our resident fish geek Tappers, mostly to stop him ranting about things in the office. This month he shares his thoughts on the trends and fashions that have come and gone, fuelled by the quest for less natural beauty in what’s already an amazing and diverse group of animals.
So, here we are again – the robins are briefed and ready, the mistletoe is looking nervous and the stores are bracing themselves to explain to last minute gift shoppers that fish can’t be gifted in a brand new aquarium purchased the previous day. Here are our top fishkeeping tips for indoors and out for December.