Many of the fishes that we see in home aquaria differ significantly from their wild ancestors and this is particularly striking in the case of albinos such as these Cherry barbs (Puntius titteya) seen at our Huntingdon store recently. Whether albino or normally coloured, these little barbs are some of the most peaceful of their kind and make excellent community inhabitants.
Find out more about them here: https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/help-and-advice/freshwater/cyprinids/cherry-barb-
Flame angels (Centropyge loriculus) have been on the wish list of marine keepers for many years and with good reason. They have many virtues as aquarium pets, with vibrant colouration advertising a vivacious personality in a conveniently sized package. ‘Flames’ have been rather more scarce in our stores recently but this one at our Polhill store served as a great reminder of why they’re worth seeking out.
Find out more about them here: https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/help-and-advice/marine/angelfish-dwarf-angelfish/flame-angelfish-
It’s not every fish that can lay claim to having voyaged with Charles Darwin on The Beagle, but this is just one of many remarkable things that the Peppered Cory (Corydoras paleatus) can boast. First kept as an aquarium fish in the late 19th century, it’s no wonder you’ll find them in every one of our stores including Scotsdales. Like all of its family, this is a sociable species which will thrive as a group of ideally five or more in a tank with peaceful tankmates and a sandy substrate. As it originates in areas far south of the equator, it prefers cooler temperatures and will happily live in an unheated set up as long as winter temperatures remain in the mid to high teens. Tropical aquaria are fine, as long as consistently high temperatures are avoided.
Find out more about them here: https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/help-and-advice/freshwater/catfish/peppered-cory-peppered-cory-
Rummynose tetras are always a popular community fish and there are three to choose from, although two of these are considerably harder to find in shops than the widely commercially bred Petitella bleheri. The largest of the three is rather insultingly called the False rummynose but I’m going to suggest a better common name might be Giant or Flagtailed rummynose, as P. georgiae is significantly larger than its kin and has a far more strongly marked tail. For those used to the bright red heads of the more common species, this fish may seem permanently washed out, but away from the bare bottomed brightness of this stock tank at Big Blue it’s easy to get the best out of these fish in a planted aquarium that reminds them of their Amazonian ancestral homelands.
Care is similar for all of the rummynose tetras, and you’ll find more details here: https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/help-and-advice/freshwater/characins/rummynose-tetra-
Marine fishes seem to come in a truly remarkable range of shapes and forms, some of them even combining appealing looks with useful attributes. This Aiptasia-eating filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus) at our Cardiff store is one of a number of captive bred specimens which are reared alongside the pesky anemones as part of their youth training scheme. Together with a taste for quality dry foods, this should see them earn their keep in many home reef aquaria.
School's out for summer and we have some great ideas for fishy fun, in-store and out, to keep the kids occupied during the long summer holidays. Our stores are also teeming with some fantastic pond plants that are starting to show off their stunning flowers - perfect for adding some late summer colour, attracting wildlife and helping to eradicate unwanted algae.
Occasional use of an Activa Block is a fantastic way to give your aquarium water a polish and remove any chemical residues without having to faff about placing it within your filter. It can be added or removed in seconds, making it easy to use in rotation with any additives that you don’t want taken out of your aquarium water, and it’s a great back up for those rare but stressful occasions where unusual measures are needed.
Given the length of time that they’ve been prized as pets, it’s not surprising that Fancy goldfish are available in a range of shapes and colours. Some, such as this Panda oranda seen recently at our Shrewsbury branch, are more rarely seen than others due to the difficulties in breeding fish with stable colouration. Caught mid-yawn, this fish is also demonstrating the mouthparts that are so efficient at grubbing through the sand for food and munching on delicate plants.