Category Archives: Freshwater

Asian Hillstream loaches can walk on all four limbs on land

A recent study has found that some Asian Hillstream loaches have the ability to walk on their fins. There are several well-known “walking fish” including the aptly named Walking Catfish and Climbing Perch, although those species use much more of a swimming motion when crossing land, only gaining grip with their pectoral fins in the […]


International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest 2020 results announced

The Oscars of the Aquascaping world happened yesterday, albeit digitally because the Nature Aquarium Party that should have been was canceled due to Covid-19.


Freshwater Fish Conservation Program Manager wanted for wildlife charity

Global Wildlife Conservation is recruiting for someone to develop, manage and lead SHOAL in the US, and work to help prevent freshwater fish extinctions. “We are very excited to share a new opportunity, the partnership announced on its website. “Based in the US, Global Wildlife Conservation is hiring a new Freshwater Fish Program Manager in […]


New Dates Announced for the AGA 2020 International Aquascaping Contest

The AGA Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in August.


Eheim go wireless with the professionel 5e

Aquarium filter pioneers Eheim have upgraded their flagship models with the introduction of Wi-fi control. The professionel 5e external filter range follows on from the top-end 4e with a DC pump and speed/flow functions including constant flow, bio mode, pulse mode and manual mode. But this time you can control it on your smartphone and […]


Are you Salty or Fresh? Pick a side: Meet Freshwater Hobbyists Ed, Willy and Scott

Meet some freshwater hobbyists from all over that are as passionate about the hobby as any aquarists you have ever met. Some of them have kept reef tanks and find interesting differences between the salty side and staying fresh.


Scapers get your IAPLC entries in before May 31

It’s just days now until the International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest 2020 closes for entries.  The IAPLC is the original aquascaping contest and was conceived by the late great Takashi Amano of Aqua Design Amano fame, the godfather of modern aquascaping. The largest aquascaping contest in the world, in its 20th year it now receives […]


So, you think you’re an influencer? Meet Hope, the Turtle.

Hope was born with an exposed heart. There isn’t a diagnosis for it in turtles but it’s called ectopia cordis in humans.


We’re mad for Jimmy’s photography skills

Jimmy is a fish nerd like the rest of us, but he also gets to play with some mighty cool cameras and equipment. One glance at his Instagram and you won’t want to click away. We had a chance to chat with Jimmy about his mad photography skills for our community spotlight feature on the freshwater hobby.


Trimming your stem plants like a professional. An illustrated tutorial.

Often fast-growing, stem plants are the aquatic plant of choice for the background or the middle of a tank. They require a substrate to root into and under good water quality and nutrient balance, these plants will soon grow a new root system and grow tall.