The pond season marches on and this time it’s the turn of the rather modest Gold Tench (Tinca tinca) to shine. Like some of the more dubious over-exposed celebrities, these fish are all about the bottom and are legendary for their recommendation as ‘scavengers’ in generations of pond literature. Together with their native green cousins, they also have a reputation as ‘doctor fish’ with claims that other species would rub themselves against the tench to gain protection from their slime coating. In reality, these are a welcome addition to many communities of fish and will happily search the base of the pond for overlooked morsels as well as surfacing to feed on all the usual fare. With mature specimens such as these at our Mere Park store, the larger spoon-shaped pelvic fins of the males serve to distinguish them from the more robust females, making it easy to select a pair.
It’s not uncommon for the scientific names of fish to change as previous errors of taxonomy are resolved by the modern investigation. Sometimes these can impact familiar species such as the Skunk catfish that we’ve known for years (and routinely labelled) as Corydoras
They’ve been around for years, quietly munching corals when placed in the wrong aquaria but there’s no denying the appeal of Dancing shrimp (Rynchocinetes
It can be hard to be the less famous member of any family but this doesn’t seem to trouble the Vietnamese cardinal minnow (Tanichthys
Sometimes the greatest rarities are the ones overlooked by most people. This astonishing mature golden plec Hypostomus
The coming of Easter means it’s time for things to wake up in the spring garden and this month sees sunny days win over cold nights. In response, fish and aquatic wildlife become more active and plants start growing and flowering. With the current shenanigans taking place, it’s good to know that the water garden can absorb all the time you can give it…