Fish of the Week

kuhli loach care guide 13/01/2020
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Kuhli Loach Care Guide

With their peaceful nature and unique, eel-like appearance, Kuhli Loaches are a fantastic addition to any freshwater aquarium. Thinking of incorporating some Kuhli Loaches into your tank? Here at Pond Planet, we’ve created a Kuhli Loach care guide that will tell you all you need to know about looking after these wonderful creatures.  About Kuhli Loaches Also known as Coolie Loach, Leopard Loach or Cinnamon Loach, Kuhli Loaches originate from Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula and are part of the Cobitidae family. While they are quite shy by nature, they... Read More

best freshwater aquarium fish 10/12/2019
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8 Best Freshwater Aquarium Fish

The beauty of fish is that they come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. However, not all will have the ability to adapt to a freshwater aquarium environment and some species require more care than others. Whether you’re new to fishkeeping or simply want to find some new additions to your aquarium, here at Pond Planet, we’ve made a list of the best freshwater aquarium fish to fill your tank. Guppy Fish One of the best freshwater aquarium fish regularly found in home aquariums is the Guppy fish, as... Read More


Week 10: Emperor Tetra

This week’s Fish of the Week is the striking Emperor Tetra. Originating from the San Juan and Atrato river basins in Colombia, this uniquely shaped Tetra can grow to around 4cm in length and can be easily identified by its forked tail and deep black stripe which runs down the entire length of its body. This lively yet peaceful Tetra is compatible with most community fish and is best kept in shoals of 6 or more. Emperor Tetras are omnivorous and will accept most live, Frozen and flake foods. The... Read More


Week 9: Red Phantom Tetra

This week’s Fish of the Week is the Red Phantom Tetra. Originating from South America the Red Phantom Tetra can grow to around 5cm in size and will do best in groups of 10 or more. We would recommend a minimum tank size of 100 litres or more as these active fish like plenty of room to swim. The Red Phantom Tetra is blood red in colour with a distinctive black patch in the centre of its deep body. These peaceful, shoaling fish do well within a mixed community tank... Read More


Week 8: Swordtail

  This week‘s Fish of the Week is the ever popular Swordtail.   These brightly coloured fish originate from Central America and get their name from the long, sword-like point which males have on their tail fins. The Swordtail is one of the larger live-bearing fish and can reach sizes of up to 12cm in length.   We would recommend a minimum tank size of around 80 litres. Swordtails should be kept in water temperatures between 22°C and 28 °C with a pH of around 6.5 to 8 being ideal.   These fish can be kept by beginners and advanced aquarists... Read More


Week 7: Congo Tetra

  This week‘s Fish of the Week is the Congo Tetra.   These peaceful shoaling fish grow to around 8cm in length and originate from the Congo River and other central African rivers. Congo Tetra’s thrive best in groups of at least 6 or more and should only be considered for aquariums of 100 litres plus.   Congo Tetra’s favour slightly acidic water conditions with a pH of around 6 to 6.5 and prefer a water temperature between 24°C and 27°C as ideal.   These fish can be kept with most other community fish but can be hyperactive and nip the... Read More


Week 6: Red Cherry Shrimp

  This week‘s Fish, or should we say Shrimp of the Week is the Red Cherry Shrimp.   These attractive dwarf shrimp are native to Taiwan and usually grow to around 1 inch in length. Due to the cherry shrimps small size they are a popular addition to Nano aquariums and a tank size of around 10 litres is fine for a small group.   Cherry shrimp can be kept in most aquariums with a variety of fish species including some larger species as long as hiding places are available.   Cherry Shrimp are naturally omnivores... Read More


Week 5: Ranchu

  This week’s Fish of the Week is the Ranchu Goldfish.   Said to resemble a sumo wrestler, the Ranchu is highly regarded in Japan. This popular fancy coldwater fish has many distinctive features including an egg-shaped body with a deep belly, short twin tail, bulbous hooded head and no dorsal fin. Ranchu’s are available in a variety of different colours such as red, white and tri coloured.   The Ranchu is a little more delicate than most species of goldfish and is therefore not recommended for beginners. Given that... Read More


Week 4: Angel Fish

This week’s Fish of the Week is the Angelfish.   Originating from South America these graceful, disk shaped freshwater fish are available in a number of varieties and colours. As the most commonly kept cichlid, Angelfish grow quite large at around 15cm in size and although they are compatible with most community fish, the general rule that “big fish eat little fish” should apply. Therefore it would be best to avoid keeping them alongside smaller fish such as small tetras to prevent any unfortunate incidents.   Angelfish are relatively hardy... Read More


Week 3: The Guppy

  This week’s Fish of the Week is the extremely popular Guppy   Also known as the millions fish these small, colourful, tropical fish are ideal for planted or community aquariums. Guppies grow to approximately 3-4cm with females growing slightly larger at 5-6cm. The Guppy is content with tanks 20 litres and larger and is compatible with a wide variety of other community fish such as swordtails, tetras, corys and platies. Guppies aren’t particularly fussy when it comes to aquarium conditions and will be happy in an aquarium with a... Read More