Pencilfish: Care Tips and Insights for This Enchanting Fish

What if I told you that there’s a family of beautiful community fish, closely related to tetras, but rarely kept, even by advanced fish keepers? Introducing the pencilfish – a fish tribe that’s largely overlooked, yet brimming with potential for freshwater community tanks. In this guide, we’ll explore the most commonly kept species, and learn … Read more

Betta Imbellis

Betta Imbellis: In-depth Care Guide and Habitat Insights

Recent years have seen wild betta fish species becoming more popular. One of the most popular types is Betta imbellis. Because of their relatively relaxed temperament and docile character, Betta imbellis has earned the common name the ‘Peaceful Betta’. Peaceful bettas can be kept in a wider variety of tank setups than other bettas, including … Read more

Alien Betta

Full Alien Betta Care Guide (+ Related FAQs)

A few years ago, a new hybrid betta arrived on the aquarium scene. Boasting intricate markings and otherworldly colors, the newcomer was branded the ‘Alien Betta,’ although nobody knew exactly why. Much confusion and controversy still surrounds the alien betta: Where it came from and whether it’s an ethical breed. What we do know is … Read more

The Need to Know's of a King Betta

The Need to Know’s of a King Betta

Betta fish, also known as Siamese Fighting fish, are popular with hobbyists for their beautiful finnage and dazzling colors. There are over 73 varieties of betta, including the King betta and Giant betta, which are often confused. In this article, we introduce you to these amazing swimming jewels and tell you how to give your … Read more

Pearlscale Goldfish

Pearlscale Goldfish: Curious and Fascinating Tank Additions

Pearlscale goldfish are famed for being one of the roundest of all fancy goldfish varieties. But this pronounced deformity has led some animal welfare advocates to question the ethics of keeping fish whose traits could affect their health and well-being. In this guide, I’ll explore some of the issues with keeping pearlscale goldfish and share … Read more

Black Skirt Tetra

Black Skirt Tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) Care Sheet

One of the most common species you’re likely to come across–and maybe one of the reasons you may have gotten into the fishkeeping hobby in the first place–is the black skirt tetra. These fish have a beautiful and simple natural coloration but have also been bred to come in an assortment of colors and fin … Read more

Black Phantom Tetra

Black Phantom Tetra: Unveiling a Captivating Tank Addition

Tetras are the bread and butter of tropical community tanks. But if there’s one species in the family that’s under-represented, it could well be the black phantom tetra. With an elegant, oval shape, peaceful character, and entertaining, active behavior, black phantoms deserve to be kept far more often than they are. Let’s take a closer … Read more

Festivum Cichlid

Festivum Cichlid Care: A Comprehensive Guide for Aquarists

Have you ever heard of the festivum cichlid? Also known as ‘flag cichlids’, festivums were once more popular than they are today. Although less colorful and flashy than some other cichlids, these sociable fish are more peaceful than many of their feisty relatives and can be kept in groups in large community tanks. Some of … Read more

Honduran Red Point Cichlid

Honduran Red Point Cichlid: Our Ultimate Care Guide

The recently discovered Honduran red point cichlid possesses many of the desirable traits that have made the infamous convict cichlid so popular. Yet this lesser-known fish is smaller, less aggressive, and more suitable for community tanks. While I’ve had lots of fun breeding convict cichlids, Honduran red points (HRPs) have many unique qualities that make … Read more

Frogspawn Coral

Frogspawn Coral: Facts and Tips About This Beautiful Species

Frogspawn coral is a stunning large polyp stony coral species that’s incredibly popular with reef aquarium hobbyists. This coral looks gorgeous and is pretty straightforward to care for, making it a great choice for beginners and experienced marine tank keepers alike. Read this guide to learn more about this beautiful coral, discover how to care … Read more

Hammer Coral : Plant Care Guide

Hammer Coral: How To Care For This Unique Coral

The Hammer Coral is a beautiful large stony coral that is popular with many reef aquarium keepers. In this comprehensive guide, we explain how to care for this coral, including how to propagate it. What is Hammer Coral? Hammer Coral is also known by the scientific name, Euphyllia Fimbriata. Sometimes also called Hammerhead Coral, this … Read more

Koi Betta Fish

Koi Betta: Betta splendens Marble Variation

The koi betta is a variation of Betta splendens, otherwise known as the Siamese fighting fish, with striking patterns that resemble that of a typical koi fish. Their aquarium husbandry does not differ from that of any other betta fish variation, but their beautiful colorings can lead to some unfortunate health problems. Keep reading to … Read more

Nicaragua Cichlid

Nicaragua Cichlid: Care, Diet, and Habitat Insights

The Nicaragua cichlid is sometimes also known as the ‘Macaw Cichlid’. Why? These cichlids have the potential to be some of the most colorful members of the family. To see them in their full glory, however, ‘Nics’ need to be kept in excellent condition. Because they are aggressive fish that require a specialist tank set … Read more

Rainbow Cichlid

Rainbow Cichlid: Our Care Guide for These Colorful Fish

Cichlids are some of the most beautiful, intelligent, and exotic freshwater fish in the world, but it can be frustrating how many species are also highly aggressive fish. Not so with the rainbow cichlid. These colorful dwarf cichlids are so peaceful they can be kept in a community tank with other medium-sized species. Let’s take … Read more

Are Guppies Hardy

Are Guppies Hardy? Tips for Keeping Your Fish Healthy

Guppies are known to be among the more robust freshwater aquarium fish. Not only are they tolerant of a wide range of water conditions, but they’re also forgiving when it comes to temperature, feeding regime, and tankmates. However, there’s a big difference between a guppy surviving and a guppy fulfilling its optimal health, appearance, and … Read more