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Here you will find a multitude of information!

From the basics, like preparing a new tank and keeping that driftwood from drifting to the top, how-to articles and even extensive fish profiles.


December 22, 2017

For Science! The Weird and Wonderful: Ocean Sunfish

in Fish Profiles

by Alex Fleming

We mostly focus on freshwater here, but I want to take a minute or two to introduce a peaceful giant of the sea: The Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola).  Above: An…
November 25, 2017

Blog Post: An Update for the Holiday Season (Nov 2017)

in News and Updates

by Alex Fleming

Above: Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila)   It’s been a long year, huh? Well, really, it’s been a long few years. I started Fishwise three years ago, the day after my…
April 23, 2017

The Cichlid Selection - Can I Mix Them?

in Fish Profiles

by Alex Fleming

This always sounds pretty dodgy without context, but a common question is "Can I mix Africans and Americans?" - referring to the fish in the family Cichlidae, of course. For most…
January 26, 2017

What's That Creepy Crawly?

in Algae and Other Pests

by Alex Fleming

IntroIn and Around the SubstrateOn the GlassAbove the WaterBugs not Covered When I first started out fishkeeping, I'll admit I was a bit of a scaredy cat. I was already…
November 21, 2016

The Truth About Poop: What Fish eat it?

in Back to Basics

by Alex Fleming

It may seem a little embarrassing to ask, but in case you were wondering, we’ll answer it – Do fish eat poop, and if so, what fish?   Do fish…
October 06, 2016

An (Early) End of Year Update - October 2016

in News and Updates

by Alex Fleming

We will be the first to admit that 2016 has been a bit of a crazy year (and that’s not counting America’s strange political decisions)! As some of you may…
October 06, 2016

Q&A - Draft IHS For Ornamental Fishes

in News and Updates

by Alex Fleming

That title probably sounds like gibberish to many, but don't worry! The draft of the Import Health Standard (IHS) for Ornamental Fishes is a document about the rules and restrictions…
August 28, 2016

Weird and Wonderful Reproduction

in Fish Profiles

by Alex Fleming

One classic fish known for treating reproduction and gender a little bit strangely is the Clownfish, in which male Clownfish change sex when a female passes away – but have…
July 05, 2016

Algae Profile: Red Algaes (Including Black Brush Algae)

in Algae and Other Pests

by Alex Fleming

  - Introduction - What Makes it Thrive? - Combating Red Algaes - So, What About Those Algae Eaters? - Conclusion Introduction When you see the little black tufts of…
June 05, 2016

Around The World Of Cichlids

in Infographics / Posters

by Alex Fleming

The family Cichlidae, more commonly known as "Cichlids", is a large family of fish found in many continents around the world - particularly Africa, South America and North America.   Above:…
June 04, 2016

How To: Preparing Driftwood

in How To's

by Alex Fleming

"How do I prepare driftwood for my tank?" Is a question I come across frequently, and is one that you will likely receive several different answers to. Techniques on how…
September 27, 2016

All About the Dwarf Puffer!

in Fish Profiles

by Alex Fleming

Puffers, specifically Dwarf Puffers, can be tricky little fish. While recommended for smaller tanks, many people take these guys on without properly knowing how to look after them. Dwarf Puffers…
June 05, 2016

All About Anabantoids (Gourami and Bettas)

in Fish Profiles

by Alex Fleming

Anabantoidei is a sub-order of fish that posses labyrinth organs, which are specific organs designed so that the fish may breathe air. Many Anabantoids are referred to as Gourami which…
May 31, 2016

Diagnosis Question Sheet

in Fish Health

by Alex Fleming

Fish Health Sheet – Important Information to give Before Asking Questions Diseases can be one of the most frustrating and confusing aspects of fishkeeping, and sometimes you’ll have to ask…
June 05, 2016

Humane Fish Euthanasia

in Fish Health

by Alex Fleming

Fish euthanasia is certainly not an easy topic to discuss, and it’s one we all avoid until the time comes. This usually leaves us in a state of panic and…
June 05, 2016

What are your Water Parameters?

in Fish Health

by Alex Fleming

What to mention when asking for help to diagnose fish diseases   Forums can gather several posts a day with the same panicked question, "What's wrong with my fish?", and…
June 05, 2016

Medications - What, When and How Much? (Part 2)

in Fish Health

by Alex Fleming

This is the real information you've been waiting for! Whilst this is likely the more relevant article to many, we really do recommend the Part One for developing an understanding…
June 05, 2016

Medications - What, When and How Much? (Part 1)

in Fish Health

by Alex Fleming

Due to the length of this topic, we have split it into two different articles. This is Part 1: Understanding what "type" of medication to use, when to use medication…
June 05, 2016

Cycling your new Tank

in Back to Basics

by Alex Fleming

Learning the tank cycle can be a long and confusing process, but bear with me! I would consider understanding the tank cycle to be the most essential part of fishkeeping,…
June 05, 2016

Preparing for New Fish

in Back to Basics

by Alex Fleming

Wait up! Before you buy that adorable Oscar fish and put him in your 50L tank, there's a few things you need to consider - some of which could save…
June 05, 2016

Stocking the Nano Tank - 21L to 55L

in Back to Basics

by Alex Fleming

Table of Contents: Introduction What Makes a Good Nano Fish? Caring for the Nano Tank Straight to Fish Options   Introduction So, you have a small tank and you've been…
December 01, 2016

Fishwise's Glossary of Fishkeeping Phrases

in Back to Basics

by Alex Fleming

Here you will find our glossary of words, acronyms and phrases that you may see used on the website and among other Fishkeepers. Got a word you're unsure of and…
May 31, 2016

Fishwise's Fishy FAQs

in Back to Basics

by Alex Fleming

This page is dedicated to those small questions that don't quite need an article of their own. If you are unsure of the meaning of some words used, our Glossary…
May 31, 2016

Snails: Friend or Foe?

in Algae and Other Pests

by Alex Fleming

Above: Brown Ramshorn snail front, Red Ramshorn snail back. And some dirty glass! OK, so some snails hitched a ride on some plants you got from the local pet store,…
June 05, 2016

Algae Types and how to Reduce them

in Algae and Other Pests

by Alex Fleming

One of the most common questions is “How do I get rid of this gross stuff in my tank?” and it’s a pretty important one, too. However, the first step…

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