Fishwise is a New Zealand based company dedicated to making your fishkeeping experience easier and more enjoyable, while also providing a healthy and happy environment for your fish. 

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This is Kevin The Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia). Kevin came home with us some 7 years ago after my father was told that his new friend would stay 10cm big and that he'd eat leftover food. I wasn't really into my dad's weird aquatic hobby, so I didn't really know Kevin existed until a few years ago. In fact, my first time seeing him was probably when I freaked out and called Dad to say that his fish was dead - Kevin was sitting upside down under a rock in the tank. It turns out, Kevin likes to dig, and he also still rests upside down. This fish was already pretty weird, so I decided to do some research. Along with his strange habits, the size he supposedly got to is actually 1/10th his actual size - he also isn't a big fan of prepared foods.


After finding out that this skinny little fish was going to grow a metre in size, admittedly my interest in fish became a little bit intense. I started up my first ever tank (70L in size) in order to learn how to care for fish and hopefully, eventually, make Kevin's life a little bit better.


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The new 70L tank started with 8 Black Neon Tetras, 1 Siamese Fighter and 1 Bristlenose Pleco. As you can see above, it also started with some plants that either weren't true aquatics or a little bit too ambitious for my skill level. Although I managed to (unintentionally) cycle the tank, I made my fair share of mistakes, including over-cleaning the filter (so much gunk!) and not performing the Nitrate test properly (which, unfortunately, lead to some not-so-happy fish). 


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Some mistakes I made multiple times, but eventually I got the hang of it. One tank turned to 5, and then 11. My fishkeeping became a pretty big part of my life and it became something I wanted to share with others - which brings us to Fishwise.


I started out a with a little blog with some articles about my favourite fish at the time - Puffers and Gourami to be exact. After some positive feedback, I thought this might actually become a useful resource. With some help from my dad and a good friend, the Fishwise website was born. I say born, because this website has practically become my child. 


I'm hoping to use Fishwise to improve the understanding and enjoyment of fishkeeping in New Zealand, and I hope that this journey is one that we can all be involved in. 


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