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Online Monthly Magazine for Aquarium Fish

Getting frequent updates and staying abreast about your favorite fish keeping news are very important and that’s why we have put together a catalogue featuring the most popular topics for your easy reference. Our Online Aquarium Fish Magazine Section here aims to provide up-to-date coverage and latest happenings on what is taking place in the aquarium field. Basically every month, we will select a topic as our featured article so that you will never miss out the hot stuff that is going on.

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The subjects that we will highlight on our monthly issue will be different and you will find that every part related to the topic that we intend to cover will go into details. Whether it is related to fish profile, introducing most common types including introduction of new fish or whether it is on advanced and beginners fish keeping guide, aquarium decorations and aquascaping, you will never get disappointed with what this site has to offer. Best part is that all sections will be written completely free for your fun and enjoyment. Do visit and come back often to check out what’s latest.

The benefits and what you will find interesting here:
  • In-depth study on the best approach to use for your fish keeping technique such as pond management, ways to increase TDO levels, using advanced overflow systems and selection of water filters

  • Shares the latest techniques and common sense to go about with your hobby

  • A first hand look with detailed and elaborate research conducted so that you don’t make the same mistakes others have made

  • Suitable for both experienced and novice enthusiast who have just stated exploring this field

  • Features insights on how to deal with common problems, the right way and done in most professional sense

  • Contains fish photographs to accompany every post so that you will never get lost and stay focused on the topic of discussion

  • It covers about the most popular freshwater and marine fish species such as goldfish, koi, clownfish, neon tetra and many more.

  • And finally, a long list and collection on the “how-to” articles so that you will find all the answers and solutions especially on the aquarium maintenance aspects.

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Tropical Fish Books Review

tropical fish booksBeing an avid tropical fish hobbyist I can’t deny that other than spending time enjoying and watching my favorite pets move around and taking care of their needs, I have also develop a passion towards reading any favorite fish related topics. Thus, over the years my collection of tropical fish books grew from a few thin stacks given as gift by friends to a shelf rack full of books! Out of so many titles that I’ve read, the one that I find most interesting and comprehensive covering every fish details is the “Definitive Guide to Aquarium Fish” written by Mary Bailey and Gina Sandford.

If you were to ask me about the best aquarium books around, I wouldn’t have doubt mentioning this title and recommending it to anyone interested in getting their feet wet with this hobby. Whether he or she is an expert or even novices in this field, “Definitive Guide to Aquarium Fish” is simply well-written, the topics nicely arranged into different sections and the details covered are indeed nicely explained. What I find most interesting is that the words used are quite easy to understand (taking into consideration that little kids might read it as well) and you will never find yourself getting lost on what the author was trying to tell you. Nevertheless browsing through each and every topic is a breeze as it provides not only in-depth discussion but also the publisher tries to accompany colorful pictures and graphs so that you can visualize it in details. (Best pet fish for kids)

There are different versions of the same book sold in stores but basically all of them are just the same, it’s just that it has different titles published in different years. There are 23 topics altogether not including the acknowledgments and index section, starting from a simple “Introduction”, going into “How to get Started” with topics touching on selecting the types of aquarium equipment like filters, lighting, moving on to water management, using decorations and finally adding the fishes. To make it more valuable and engaging, the author goes the extra mile to introduce and talk about identifying different types of fish. For me, this is one of the most important aspects when it comes to fish care because without understanding and knowing what fish you have, it is almost impossible to manage and handle their needs.

Some of the interesting highlights which I like the most about the book are the introduction to Amazon Leaf Fish which obviously I never came across previously in my life. Another section which I enjoy the most is on the topic whereby it goes into details about step-by-step guide on how to decorate your fish tank. The author also makes it a point to stress on how important it is for a hobbyist to maintain full responsible care and acknowledge the importance of shouldering this task. As your read on, flipping through the pages one by one, not only it strengthens and enriches your knowledge but it also helps to further develop your passion as it becomes more lively and engaging. Finally you will emerge full of confidence with belief that from henceforth, you are prepared enough to take on the challenge of nurturing your pets and develop this wonderful hobby.

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Snail Eating Fish

aquarium snail eating loach fishThere are several options to get rid of pesky and unwanted snails and I have discussed on this topic previously on my other post on how to get rid of snails the natural and effective ways. Basically rather than picking up each and every one by hand that you can see, there are other options as well which are less time consuming. Furthermore, looking and eliminating the snails this way might not be effective at all, taken into consideration that there might be hundreds of young juveniles newborns probably hidden away among the plant leaves making your job difficult and don’t forget there might be those which have not yet hatch that would most probably gone unnoticed without realizing at all.

Using Snail Eating Fish (a term used to describe fish that will eat snails as snacks) is perhaps one of the best ideas and considered a fast and effective approach because generally in order to get started, you will only need to check on the fish compatibility aspect. As I have already mentioned throughout my aquarium fish topics, doing this compatibility check is necessary and crucial because different types of fish has different tolerance limit towards other species and as such it is good to confirm whether introduction of new pet fish friend can disrupt the peace and harmony of the aquarium system. One of the so-called snails eating fish that I would recommend that you get to contain your snail infestation problem is the Clown Loaches. Being a favorite among hobbyist for its moderate care requirements and an active shoaling fish, introduction of these loach species will usually help you to reduce and eliminate the snail population in no time.

Loaches while considered a very good alternative solution rather than manually picking up the snails, sometimes has its own limitations. Despite being an effective hunter which does a wonderful job, the fish can sometimes cause havoc to your aquarium community especially if you have small sized fish like the neon tetra, pencilfish, danios and others problems associated with having them around is that they are notorious for devouring eggs laid by your other community fish. Therefore to avoid the hassles of going through extra work needed to take care of them later part, before buying a new clown loach usually what I did previously to is ask a favor from a fellow hobbyist who owns one and borrowing it just for a short period of time. You might need a good friend though as nobody would want to part with his pet just like that.

If this is not an option, luckily there are other fishes that eat snails as hungrily as the loaches. One of them is a freshwater puffer fish. Little is known about this species as I’ve never had one before so it’s rather impossible for me to write about them. But however, based on my own experience relayed to me by a friend who owns this species, these cute little critters can also hunt down snails as effectively as what you would expect. So there you have it, two of the best fish for eating snails and they are the clown loach and the other is a freshwater puffer.

You might be interested on some other aquarium topics such as community tank ideas and suggestions and dealing with fish internal parasites

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Large Aquarium Tank Freshwater Sharks

Freshwater Aquarium Sharks are often mistaken and identified to be similar as the large predatory man-eating fish that roams the ocean. However, the real fact is that most freshwater tank sharks are small sized and those that you find swimming in home aquariums are actually herbivorous type that won’t even attack or bite your hands.

So why are they called sharks in the first place if not because of aggression? Well, as what I believe, the name is actually chosen for them because of their shape and style of swimming that closely resemble the way the ocean sharks do when cruising in deep waters. To further debunk the myth, there is also no connection whatsoever between the ocean sharks and the river sharks and in fact both of them actually belong to different classification and taxonomic group of fish identification.

There are several known genus referring to the large aquarium freshwater sharks but for reference here, we shall refer to these four main groups of family as they are the most common among the lot.
  1. Epalzeorhynchus
  2. Balantiocheilus
  3. Labeo
  4. Osteochilus

red-tailed black sharkCoincidentally, two of the most famous and favorite shark fish that are reared in freshwater aquarium belong to this genus. One of them is the red-tailed black shark also known by its scientific name of Epalzeorhynchus bicolor and the other one is the rainbow shark, sometimes known as ruby shark identified by its scientific name of Epalzeorhynchus frenatus. Both fishes although are grouped together but however, in terms of behavioral instinct, they are very much dissimilar as the red-tail black shark is extremely territorial while the rainbow shark displays a more solemn nature and is often placed into the community aquarium. Thus the rainbow shark is a more preferred choice because they can mix well with other types of fish without causing any harm. You can also read-up more details about the rainbow shark and why I’ve chosen them as my ideal choice of really cool pet fish.


silver bala sharkThe Balantiocheilus melanopterus, better known as the bala or silver shark is perhaps one of the most commonly heard freshwater sharks. Together with the Osteochilus, both are genus comprising mostly of friendly type of species which are peaceful and omnivorous. One of the problems associated with the fish however that is, they can grow up to very large, reaching up to 14 inches in length and as such they require huge space to move about. However, with that size in mind, this is still considered small compared to the other shark species like the Labeo chrysophekadion which touches 24 inches for an adult fish. If you are one of the community tank fanatics hoping to create the perfect underwater world, then I would suggest you should also consider the bala shark as one of your additions. (Read up also on some community tank ideas and suggestions)


all black sharkLabeo chrysophekadion or referred to by its common name as the black shark is among the largest in the family of freshwater sharks. They are also one of the most active fish around but it is also notoriously known for its wild and aggressive behavior which makes it unable to get along well with other species. Because of these reasons, aquarists usually avoid keeping them with other small pets in home aquariums and their presence are mostly confined to a large tank whereby the black shark is the only fish in it. In the Asian countries, labeo is also being bred and kept as predominantly food fish (just like tilapia) eaten and served on dinner tables. There is also another popular breed in this group known as the harlequin shark (scientific name: Labeo variegatus).


Osteochilus as mentioned briefly during the topic of discussion on Balantiocheilus is one of the ideal shark groups for freshwater beginners. The species hasselti is particularly easy to care for and their food consists solely of vegetable diet mainly lettuce and soft leaf spinach. Sometimes if you have a coating of algae on the aquarium sides or you have java moss growing on the bogwood, it would be the best and most ideal setup for your pets as they really love it. However, they are only fussy about the water quality and as such, using powerful aquarium filter that removes particles and maintaining clean water condition all the times are very important. Don’t underestimate or worry on the fish having difficulty maintaining their balance in the water with power filters around as they can handle the turbulent water easily with their big size and strong body.

Need to maintain clean and disease free water condition? Consider using aquarium ultraviolet sterilizer to remove harmful pathogens.
Looking for possible aquarium tank mates for freshwater sharks? Why not consider the peaceful and elegant-looking red-tailed tin foil barbs.

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Best Choice Decor for Saltwater Marine Tank

Both Tufa and Lava Rock can be used to form the main building block to decorate and create the best aquarium landscapes for your saltwater marine tank. They are considered the main substrate apart from the coral sand which will fill the rest of the empty spaces at the base of the tank. Basically the rocks are meant to be used to arrange and pile up together to form a structure which can be a perfect hiding place for your marine fish and invertebrates. Other than that, the surfaces also provide a large area for growth of marine algae.

marine decor for saltwater aquariumsChoice of either to use tufa or lava rocks as decor largely depends on the availability and basically I can’t tell you which one is better as each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Tufa is highly porous and lightweight and depending on which types of tufa rock that are selected, some can actually cause the pH to shift slightly. Most tufa rocks that you can see sold in pet stores are formed with the base material made up of limestone (calcium carbonate) but there are some which contain extra composition of other chemically unstable materials which I would advice to avoid at all cost. Lava rocks on the other hand, are slightly darker in color with uneven texture in nature and they are also more expensive but the best part is that they still retain all the characteristics seen with tufa rocks.

The common question which I often come across is hobbyist asking whether they can use both rocks as decoration in freshwater tanks and my firm answer to them is “Definitely No” except for certain types of cichlids tank which prefer hard water. Back to the saltwater marine tank, apart from rocks as decor, you can also consider adding giant seashells or artificial corals to give the extra natural look and to create the perfect backdrop. Avoid buying dead and bleached natural corals collected from the sea as it is environmentally destructive to follow that practice. Finally depending on your creativity to come up with the best arrangement, just make sure that the whole structure is stable and place them properly so that high gush of water returning from your aquarium filter will not disrupt the balance and cause everything to collapse.

Benefits and Consideration for the types of aquarium decorations

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How to Keep Goldfish Active Happy

Goldfish like any other pets require care and attention in order to stay active and happy. Their requirements are basically more or less the same just like any other fish species and their basic necessities like clean, oxygen-rich water, plenty of swimming space, food, and correct water temperature all are very important and for that, it is your responsibility to ensure that those are fulfilled. Before I move on further, it would be helpful to first learn and get yourself introduced to this wonderful fish species (a look at panda, jikin and ranchu).

active and healthy goldfish pairApart from those mentioned above, basically their home in which your goldfish live in must be properly set up and this is one of the things you should focus your effort into making it the best. First, the tank space must be at least 50 gallons and above (find out about the right tank size for goldfish) and my definition of conducive environment is an aquarium setup without having too much or too little amount of lighting and it has to be located in an area complete with a day and night cycle. This condition plays a pivotal role for your fish to stay active and it is also a proven fact that goldfish without exposure to sunlight are known to lose their colors easily.

Based on my observation, what I can see also is that your pet goldfish which are deprived of normal day and night cycle will end up having slower growth rate. This has been backed up before by scientific facts because although goldfish do not have eyelids, they are known to stay idle during certain times to rest and recuperate. Therefore, when the lights are out, it is the best time for them to take their precious break and if possible, try to create a planted aquarium tank for your fish to live in and hide. Generally tank environment that have community of live plants are known to make your fish feel at home and overall it helps to improve their health.

Goldfish that are kept happy are always active and have a hearty appetite. They will display their full body coloration which is bright and attractive and you will be amazed how those colors develop so quickly. Your pets when they are in a good mood will also breed to reproduce young babies. In fact, this is the most exciting part dealing with goldfish care and believe me, it is very challenging process learning about how they grow from a small tiny little fry to become a gigantic full grown fish. You will be impressed by how all these come together and it is your role as an owner to ensure that nothing is lacking. Sometimes it just makes you wonder what else further you can do to make them happier.

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About Me

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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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