The Fish Room Blogs — fish

How my aquatic journey begun

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From there I thought to myself it wasn't fair to have these Kribs in with a natural predator regardless if he was interested in them or not. Soon to TradeMe I went and I bought my self a second hand Aqua one 620t which had super sweet blue lights. So in the tank (uncycled, rookie mistake) went my Kribs.  And this was the making of my first aquarium.

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Firemouth- Thorichthys meeki

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Firemouth- Thorichthys meeki

The Firemouth Cichlid has a pearlescent turquoise-blue body with red colouration edging the scales. The throat and breast are red in colour, ranging from a brick to a fiery red shade. Female Firemouth Cichlids are less brightly coloured than the males with the males also having a sharply pointed dorsal and anal fins. They can be somewhat territorial, especially during spawning and will inflate a throat sac and extend its gill covers during their territorial stance. They require an aquarium of a minimum of 100 litres with a fine sand bottom for burrowing and plenty of open swimming room. If...

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Blue Dolphin

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Blue Dolphin

Without a word of a lie, these tropical fish are amazing.  I have had a couple of groups in the past and I have never found them overly aggressive which is nice for a Malawi Cichlid

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Cherry Barb- don't let the name barb scare you away

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Cherry Barb- don't let the name barb scare you away

The Cherry Barb fish represents yet another wonderful example of sexual dimorphism in the aquatic world, with the male  exhibiting a stunning bright cherry red colour when in ideal conditions and during spawning, and the female of the species being a more dull lighter brown. They prefer a well planted aquarium with rocks, plants and driftwood, but also enjoy having plenty of space to swim. They can become quite shy and skittish so housing them with similar temperament fish is ideal. Because they are a natural schooling species, keeping them in bigger groups is ideal as this will also help...

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