Redtail Catfish – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

Redtail Catfish are perhaps some of the most unique aquarium fish on the market today. Beyond their iconic flat heads and whiskers they come in a wide range of colors and style, ranging from small and drab while others are massive and vibrant.

Some, like the pleco catfish, are bottom feeding algae eaters who will glide across the floor of their tank like an aquatic vacuum cleaner. Others, like the pictus are omnivores who will wolf down just about any plant or animal that they can get their mouths on. read more

Freshwater Angelfish – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

The name ‘angelfish’ is often associated with salt water aquariums, but there is a freshwater angelfish that shares this name as well. Highly regarded by aquarium enthusiasts, this fish is sometimes known as the king of the aquarium.

They develop vivid colors and bold personalities as they mature. Pterophyllum scalare, the freshwater angelfish, allows freshwater fish keepers to enjoy the flowing lines, vibrant appearance, and curious temperament which distinguish their marine namesake.

First described in 1823 by German zoologist Hinrich Lichtenstein, the freshwater angelfish is native to South America, specifically the Amazon river basin. They belong to the cichlid family (cichlidae), and technically have no relation to the marine angelfish species. Nor do they resemble other cichlids read more

Harlequin Rasbora – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

What characteristics make a good beginner fish? Ease of care would rank towards the top. Bright colors and a distinct appearance also matter. Good health is important as well, along with affordability and a demeanor that is tolerant of other fish in a tank.

For freshwater fish keepers, the Harlequin Rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) may be just the species to acquire and add to their tank. Also known as the Red Rasbora, this peaceful, schooling fish is an easy pet to maintain. At $2-4 at most pet or fish stores, they make a terrific starter fish, or an easy addition to a tank with an already established population. read more

Tiger Barb – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

Tiger Barbs, also known as the Sumatra Barb, are a tropical freshwater species. They are part of the same family that includes Minnows, Carps, and Chubs.

They have origins in Borneo, Sumatra, and Indonesia. They are also found in parts of Europe and Africa. Although, their popularity among hobbyists has led to wild populations spreading elsewhere. They are also found in the wild in Puerto Rico and the United States.

These are popular because of their appearance, ease in keeping, and personalities. Below you will find information about Tiger Barb tank needs and breeding. read more

Irisdescent Shark – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

Irisdescent sharks, despite the misleading name, are actually a species of catfish. They are also known as Siamese Sharks and Sutchi Catfish.

This freshwater species is native to Southeast Asia and Thailand. They are also bred in captivity in Europe and the United States. It is usually for food when they are bred in captivity. They are generally found in rivers with sandy or rocky bottoms.

The Iridescent Shark is not recommended for beginner fish keepers. Although their needs are not very demanding, they are large and can be difficult to keep in captivity. You can find information below about their living needs. read more

Royal Gramma – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

Royal Grammas, also known as the Fairy Basslet or Gramma loreto, are a saltwater species. These fish are native to the Atlantic Ocean. They are also found in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and Bermuda.

In their natural habitat, they live among coral and rocks. They prefer these environments because it is easy for them to blend in with their bright color. They are also shy and like to hide in small spaces.

Royal Grammas are a popular species among saltwater aquarium owners. They are easy to care for and offer a striking visual. Below you will find information about Royal Gramma tank needs and breeding. read more

Rope Fish- A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

Rope Fish, also known as Reed Fish, are an ancient species of fish that date back millions of years. They are a freshwater species in the Bichir family. They are often mistaken for eels and snakes because of their long, slender bodies.

The Rope Fish is native to various parts of Africa. They are a freshwater species, but can also survive in somewhat brackish water. They are generally found in rivers.

Rope Fish are a very hardy species that is pretty easy to care for. They are popular among aquarium owners and you do not need a lot of skill to keep them healthy. Below you will find information about Rope Fish and their tank needs. read more

Black Moor Goldfish – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

Black Moor goldfish are of the Fancy Goldfish variety. Their most striking features are their eyes and coloration. They have what people call “telescope eyes”. Other names for this fish include Moors, Demekin, and Dragon Eyes.

This species originated in China in the 1700’s. They come from the selective breeding of several other species of carp. Because they come from selective breeding, they do not have a wild or natural habitat. You can find them in most pet stores.

Black Moors are able to handle a larger variety of water and tank conditions than some other species. Below, you will find information about their tank set up and living conditions. read more

Baby Snapping Turtle – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

Snapping turtles might have a bad rep of being dangerous, but did you know that you can keep them as pets? With proper caution and care, they can become wonderful editions to your family.

Common snapping turtles are not a pet for beginners. They can grow up to 18 inches long, 25 pounds, and can live up to 45 years in captivity. They also can inflict some serious damage if handled wrong.

Only those with adequate experience should consider caring for such an animal. This care guide will tell you how to take care of the common snapping turtle with relative ease. read more

Flowerhorn Cichlids – A Complete Guide (Care, Diet, Facts)

The flowerhorn cichlid is a fish with a short, but rich history. Its bulbous head (“horn”) and spots (“flowers”) gives it both its name and notoriety. Because of this, it is one of the most unique and sought after cichlid species out there.

Cichlids are very easy to care for in general due to their hardiness. Flowerhorns are no exception. They may look intimidating, but even the most beginner fish keepers can take care of them with ease.

This care guide will go over everything there is to know about taking care of the flowerhorn cichlid. read more