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December Marine fish of the month: ‘Blue Gudgeon’

Marine – ‘Blue Gudgeon’

An easy keeping and peaceful marine fish that originate from Fiji, Indonesia.  From the Microdesmidae family, the Blue Gudgeon Dartfish have a long elongated body and can grow to 5” approx in size.  The feed mostly on suspended in the water column but will pick foods off the substrate as well.  Ideal diet includes Mysis shrimp, brine, and a good flake food.  Ideally feed at least twice a day.  Be careful these fish can be jumpers so a tight fitting lid on the aquarium is advised.  Currently on offer at Aquahome for £16 each or 2 for £28

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December tropical fish of the month: ‘Orange Head’ Electric Blue Rams

Tropical – ‘Orange Head’ Electric Blue Rams

 

Its quite rare we get these in at Aquahome so they wont be around for long.  We quite regularly get the Electric Blue Rams in, but the Orange Heads are certainly something a bit different.  A relatively peaceful fish from the Cichlid family, the Orange Head Electric Blue Rams have a striking appearance and although from the Cichlid family are relatively peaceful.  They grow to around 3” maximum in length and prefer a slightly acidic lower pH than other tropical fish ideally.  Ideally the Electric Rams should be kept in an aquarium of at least 80 litres with plenty of plants and swimming space.  The Rams also need a few caves in which to hide and if breeding flat stones for the female to lay eggs.  Currently on offer £11.95 or 2 for £20

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December coldwater fish of the month: Tri Colour Panda Orandas

Coldwater – Tri Colour Panda Orandas

Stunning Fancy Goldfish which would make a fantastic addition to any coldwater aquarium.  Easy to keep and similar to all other fancy goldfish, the Tri Colour Panda Orandas do best in water temperatures from 15 to 24 deg C, with a pH around 6.8 to 7.5.  The do grow quite big up to around 12cm so if you keep them in small tank you need to bear in mind you may need to rehouse them at some point.  A stunning fish and currently on offer at only £7.95 or 2 for £14

 

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October Coldwater fish of the month: Hong Kong Plec

Hong Kong Plec (also known as Butterfly hillstream loach and Chinese sucker fish) at Aqua home aquatics centre Leyland

Hong Kong Plec (also known as Butterfly hillstream loach and Chinese sucker fish)

Hong Kong Plecs are from high oxygen hill streams so require aquariums with excellent water flow and adequate aeration with numerous hiding places in the fish tank. Hong Kong plecs naturally graze on algae so an aquarium with high lighting and high algae growth is necessary for these inhabitants. These are great aquarium fish helping to keep the tank clean and add a unique addition to any coldwater aquarium.

Hong Kong plecs grow to a maximum size of around 3 inches or 7.5 cm and require an aquarium size of around 36” with pH readings from 7.0 – 8.0 and medium water hardness. Ideal water temperatures from 19 to 23 deg C. Can also be kept in groups of 3 or 4

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October tropical fish of the month: Colombian Red Fin Tetras

Colombian Red Fin Tetras at Aqua home aquatics centre Leyland

These fish also known as Blue-Red Colombian Tetra, is native to the Rio Acandi drainage system in northwestern Colombia. We have been lucky enough to have these fish in our own systems and make an attractive display but as they have only recently been introduced to the trade, they tend to be more expensive than other Tetras.

Colombian Red Fins grow to a maximum size of 6.5cm and keep a silver colour in the main body but with a nice colourful turquoise blue tinge from its lateral line upwards. The fins are red but clear near the fish body.

These fish are best kept in groups of size or more and average freshwater tropical temperatures of 24 – 26 Deg C. A hardy and adaptable fish perfect for newcomers or expert fish keepers.

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