Jack Dempsey Cichlid (Rocio octofasciata)

Species name: Rocio octofasciata Common names: Jack Dempsey Family: Cichlidae Order: Perciformes Suborder: Percoidei Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Maximum length: 9.8″ in. (25.0 cm) Minimum tank size: 50 gallons Hardiness: Easy Aggressiveness: Aggressive Distribution:...

Otocinclus Catfish: The Algae Eater

Species name: Otocinclus affinis Common names: Oto cat, Golden otocinclus, Dwarf Sucker Mouth, Otocinclus catfish Family: Loricariidae Subfamily: Hypoptopomatinae Order: Siluriformes Class: Actinopterygii Maximum length: 1.5″ (4 cm) Minimum tank size:...

Barb Fish: The Different Types of Freshwater Barbs

Sometimes I think it's a shame barbs are not: A) Difficult to keep and breed B) Very expensive to purchase If those two things were true, then...

Nano Planted Aquariums: Plants, Fish & Lighting for Nano Tanks

A low-tech, low maintenance approach to nano planted tanks. From time to time, folks ask questions about setting up so-called nano tanks, which for simplicity's...

How to Perform Routine Aquarium Maintenance

Though never a pleasant chore, aquariums need regular maintenance. Water changes keep the fish happy, and prevent problems from arising in a fish tank. The...