How to care for a fish in a bowl.

Empty your bowl; wash it and the stones it contains in cold tap water. DO NOT use any cleaning agents.

Replace the stones into the bowl and fill the bowl with cold tap water until about one third full. Now put your fish into the bowl, making sure to add the water he came in also.


Take a second vessel and fill it with the remaining two-thirds of water required to fill your bowl. Leave this water stand overnight.

The following day fill your bowl to the top with the water left standing.

Your fish will need to be cleaned out once a week. So, after one week take your fish out of its bowl and place it in a mug containing some of the water from the bowl. Wash the bowl, without using cleaning agents, and then fill it once again with water that has been left to stand.


Place your fish and the mug of old water into the clean bowl for another week.

Fish should not be fed more than two flakes of fish food once a day. If the water in your bowl becomes cloudy or smelly after only a few days then your fish is being fed too much.

If your water is not of suitable quality for keeping fish alive and healthy it may be necessary to treat your water with an inexpensive water conditioner like Stress Coat or Hagen Cycle.

It should be noted that a small fish bowl will hold up to two fish and a large fish bowl will hold up to four fish.

Goldfish
(Carassius auratus)
The goldfish was one of the earliest fish to be domesticated and is perhaps now the most commonly kept fish in fish bowls, aquariums and garden ponds. The goldfish is a small member of the carp family. When kept in a bowl or aquarium a goldfish will generally not grow more than 6” however when put into an outdoor pond they can grow up to 14”. They will reproduce readily in a pond and sometimes even in a large aquarium. They will feed well on goldfish flake food such as that produced by Aqua One, Nutrafin, Tetra and Aquarian all available at Uncle Mikes. Many varieties of goldfish have been developed by man such as the black moor, the pearlscale, the comet, the shubunkin, the oranda, and many more.
Canary Yellow Goldfish
The bright yellow colour of these fish really stands out especially against normal goldfish. They look great either in a garden pond or in an aquarium.
Sarasa Comet
These beautiful red and white coloured fish grow to an excellent size with long flowing fins and develop big deep bodies. They are ideal in an aquarium or in a garden pond.
Shubunkin
These were developed by Japanese goldfish breeders. They are similar in body to goldfish and have the same single tail. They come with a multitude of colours including orange, white, blue, red, and black.
Oranda
These beautifully shaped fish come with red, orange, black and pure white markings. They have good body depth and some have lovely head formations. They are ideal for almost any size aquarium.
Panda Oranda
These fish are true beauties. Their black and white colouration is outstanding while their long flowing finnage completes them as one of the nicest temperate species available.
Ryunkin
These fish are stunning with their red, black and white colourations and their double tail. They have a great diversity of markings. They are ideal for almost any size aquarium.
Fantail
These beautiful oval bodied, double tailed fish are beautiful in an aquarium. They are set off by their bright colours which are truly exquisite.
Hi-Crown Pearlscale
An excellent variety of both colouration and markings; there is a mix of everything from red & white to calico. The pearlescent scales on their sides seem to reflect the light which really intensifiers their appearance. They make a lovely addition to a cold water aquarium.
Black Moor
These super fish are coloured jet black and are extremely easy to keep. They are ideal for coldwater aquariums. Their big bulging eyes make them a firm favourite with children.
Weather Loach
(Misgurnis fossilis)
These fish are found throughout much of Central Europe. The male is smaller and more slender than the female. They are a peaceful, nocturnal species. They need hiding places among rocks. They feed best in the evening on brine shrimp, mealworms and some flake food.
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
(Tanichthys Albonubes)
These are beautiful coldwater or tropical fish shoaling fish. In a coldwater tank they will introduce great activity. They will grow to only 1.5”. They have a dark coloured body with a pale stripe from head to tail. Both their tail and dorsal fin are red. They are undemanding about water quality but cannot tolerate too much heat. Temp 18-22C.
Rainbow Dace
(Cyprinella lutrensis)
These fish are perfect for almost any aquarium and for keepers of all abilities. Their blue, red and green bodies are perfectly hi-lighted by their yellow fins. They grow to about 3” and live up to 4 years
Koi Carp
(Cyprinus carpio)
These fish are perfect for a garden pond or a large aquarium. They look especially well when kept with large Sarasa Comets and Shubunkins. At Uncle Mikes you will find a wide variety of these fish from tri-coloured to ghost koi to yellow ogon all in a range of sizes. They are seasonal but, if introduced to a pond during the summer months they will survive our winter conditions. They can be fed by hand and will thrive best of all when fed on pond sticks. However if in a garden pond they should not be fed at all from September/October to March/April as their rate of metabolism slows down too much with cold water temperatures for the food to be digested.
Axoloti
(Ambystoma Mexicanum)
The axoloti is a type of salamander native to Mexico. They are unique and are easy to keep provided water quality is good. They do not bite and have no claws. They can live up to 12-15 years and can grow up to 12". Their skin is sensitive so unnecessary handling is not recommended. They can survive outside of water for short periods providing their skin does not dry out.
Juvenile axolotis can be canabalistic towards each other. Adults can be housed together but be watchful of canabalistic tendencies.
If body parts get bitten off by tank mates axoloti have the ability to regenerate it over time!
Temp: 22-24C (no higher) pH: 7.0-7.5
Red Rainbow
(Glossolepis incisus)
The stunning red colouration and the sometimes blue looking tail of these fish make them one of the most attractive fish for a tropical aquarium. A tank full of rainbows can be quite a show as the colours are really spectacular.
Temp: 22-24C pH: 7.0-7.5
Boesmani Rainbow
(Melanotaenia boesemani)
The striking and unusual colouration of these fish has intrigued aquarists all over the world. The head is sky blue in colour which fades throughout the body to green then yellow, orange and finally to flame red. They are truly one of the most impressive aquarium fish available. They can live up to 4 years and grow up to 3.5”
Temp: 22-28C pH: less than 7.0
Molly
(Poeciliidae)
We keep many varieties of this beautiful community fish at Uncle Mikes from the Lyretail to the sailfin. They are available also in a wide range of colours. These fish are live bearers and will breed freely in any community tank, a spawning box is recommended to protect the young. They are best kept in small shoals of about six fish.
Temp: 18-28C pH: 7.5-8.2
Guppy
(Poecilia reticulata)
These fish come from Central America. They are live bearers and will breed freely in any community tank, a spawning box is recommended to protect the young. The male is smaller, brighter and has longer fins than the female. The guppy is very tolerant of tank conditions. It matures quickly and offers a variety of shapes and colours. It is a good community fish that is ideal for both beginner and experienced keepers. Guppies feed well on flake food.
Temp: 18-28C Ph: 7.0-8.5
Swordtail
(Xiphophorus helleri)
These are superbly coloured and really nicely shaped fish. The male carries a ‘sword’ or an extension on its tail and the body of the female is more round. They are peaceful though males can often fight. These fish too are live bearers like the Molly. They are extremely easy to keep in a community aquarium.
Temp: 18-28C pH: 7.0-8.3
Platy
(Xiphophorus maculatus)
These beautiful fish are native to the waters of Central America. They have a thick body and a high back. Many colourful varieties of the platy exist, the most popular varieties at Uncle Mikes being the Red Wag Tail Platy and the Tuxedo Platy. They are excellent live bearing community fish that feed readily on flake food.
Temp: 18-26C pH: 7.0-8.3
Neon Tetra
(Paracheirodon Innesi)
The neon tetra has a fantastic mix of neon blue and red colouration which makes it one of the brightest tetras available. They are quite hardy and easy to keep. They are lovely when kept in a shoal of about 6-10 fish in a community tank.
Temp: 20-26C pH: 6.5-7.5
Bleeding Heart Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma)
These are perfect for medium-large aquariums. They are available in 4 colours: red, blue, yellow and green. Their body shimmers when hit by the light. They are definitely one of the most attractive tetras available.
Temp: 23-28C pH: 5.6-7.2
Rosy Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon Rosaceus)
As their name would suggest these fish have a beautiful rosy red body with red lower fins and a red tail. They have a black dorsal fin. The dorsal fin of the male is much longer than that of the female. These are very peaceful fish recommended for a community tank. They feed best on flake food but do not eat very much.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 5.8-7.5
Serpae Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon Callistus)
These are bright, shiny orange bodied fish. Their lower fins and tail are red whilst their dorsal fin is black. They can become aggressive and nip other fish if not kept in small shoals of their own. When kept like this and fed well always they become good community fish.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 5.8-7.5
Lemon Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis)
These are very peaceful community fish. They are a beautiful golden yellow colour. They have just one red scale above each eye, their tail has a bold black spot and is trimmed with bright orange. These fish do best in small schools rather than in pairs.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.0-7.5
Columbian Red Fin Tetra
(Hyphessobrycon columbianus )
These are beautiful little fish with a steel blue body and bright red fins. They are very active and love to school in groups of at least 6. They are best suited to a large well planted aquarium as their rapid movements may intimidate slower moving fish. They can be an aggressive tetra and should not be placed with smaller tank mates.
Temp: 24-27C pH: 6.0-7.0
Congo Tetra
(Phenacogrammus Interruptus)
These are stunning shoaling fish perfect for almost any community aquarium. They are sure to attract a lot of attention with their bright red tail, their orange and yellow trimmings on their fins and their silver and electric blue and green body. These fish are very peaceful and tolerant and may become timid in a tank of faster moving fish.
Temp: 24-27C pH: 6.2
Emperor Blue Tetra
(Nematobrycon Palmeri)
The intense blue colouration of these outstanding little fish is stunning. They are very peaceful and are suitable for almost any community aquarium.
Temp: 23-27C pH: 5.0-7.8
Penguin Tetra
(Tghayeria boehlkei)
These fish look great when kept in a shoal as this emphasizes the bold black, golden bordered band around the body. They are perfect for almost any community aquarium.
They are undemanding in terms of food and general water conditions but are sensitive to nitrates so frequent water changes are necessary.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 5.8-7.5
Silver Tip Tetra
(Hasemania nana)
These fish are superbly coloured with a silver body and a red tail. All the fins of the male are tipped with white; on the female they are yellow. They are quite a peaceful fish and can be housed in a community tank.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 5.5-7.5
Zebra Danio
(Brachydanio rerio)
The Zebra Danio is by far the most popular of all the danios available at Uncle Mikes, especially the long- finned variety. The golden/green body is broken up by 2 black lines and lots of tiny spots on the belly. They do best, and look well, when kept in large groups of about 10.
Temp: 18-24C pH: 6.5-7.0
Harlequin
(Rasbora heteromorpha)
These fish are from Southeast Asia. They are easily identified by the shape of their markings. They are a lively, peaceful community fish that should be kept in groups of not less than eight. They feed well on flake food.
Temp: 22-25C pH: 6.0-6.5
Scissor Tail
(Rasbora trilineata)
These are a peaceful, schooling community fish native to Southeast Asia. They are less restless than many Rasbora. Male and female are undistinguishable. They feed well on flake food.
Temp: 22-25C pH: 6.0-6.5
Flying Fox
(Barbus kallopterus)
This is a long, slender silver fish with one broad black band running from the tip of its nose to the centre of its tail. Though peaceful they are very territorial and will defend their space. They feed well on flake food and will also eat algae.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.5
Tiger Barb
(Barbus tetrazona)
With their bold stripes and red tips to the nose and fins tiger barbs make a stunning addition to an aquarium. Do always keep them in groups of at least six though as they can cause nuisance by nipping other fish. They should not be kept with slow moving fish.
Temp: 20-26C pH: 6.0-6.5
Albino Tiger Barb
(Barbus tetrazona)
These are among the most widely available and popular of the barb genus. Their lovely yellow markings really make these fish stand out in an aquarium. They are a very active shoaling fish and should be kept together in groups of at least six.
Temp: 20-26C pH: 6.0-6.5
Rosy Barb
(Barbus conchonius)
The chief attraction of these fish is their fantastic golden red colouring with pearlescent scales. They do not need to be kept in a shoal but do best in small groups of two to three. They are perfect for almost any sized display and make a lovely addition to an aquarium.
Temp: 18-22C pH: 6.5
Cherry Barb
(Barbus puntius)
These fish are very attractive. They live well in a community of 6 fish, or more. Two males in a tank will dance in a circle and display their best colours. Females are not so bright or colourful and are slightly heavier bodied than the male. They are excellent community fish.
Temp: 25-28C pH: 6.6
Tinfoil Barb
(Barbus schwanefeldi)
These beautiful fish have silver sides. They are trimmed all around with a yellow outline and possess bright red fins. They are best suited to large aquariums with other barbs and mollies etc. They are not always recommended as community fish.
Temp: 22-25C pH: 6.0-6.5
Striped Barb
(Barbus eugrammus)
These are one of the most sought after barb fish. With their extreme hardiness and good colouration and markings these fish are ideal companions for other barbs and larger community fish like sail-fin mollies and sharks etc.
Temp: 23-25C pH: 5.8-6.3
Spanner Barb
(Barbus lateristriga)
The beautiful markings on the body of this beautiful fish bear a resemblance to a wrench or spanner. As they mature the body becomes almost disc shaped. They are very active fish and are ideal for almost any aquarium.
Temp: 25-28C pH: 6.0-6.5
Siamese Fighter
(Betta splendens)
These spectacular fish are native to Thailand. They are available in red and blue. Males have long flowing fins and are much more colourful. However only one male can be kept in a tank as they spread their gills and tear each others fins. Several females can be kept together. They are relatively easy to keep. They grow to about 3” and live 2-3 years. They feed well on flake food, brine shrimp, bloodworms and tubifex.
Temp: 24-30C pH: 6.8-7.4
Dwarf Gourami
(Colisa lalia)
These fish are peaceful and generally swim together in pairs. They are available in either a vibrant neon blue or neon red with electric blue stripes on the dorsal fin. They are more suitable for small or medium sized aquariums and are best kept in small groups. They will not however tolerate poor water conditions.
Temp: 22-28C
Honey Gourami
(colisa sota)
The male of this species runs from shade of honey to ochre it has a blue throat and a touch of black on the lower fin. They are a lovely addition to a community aquarium of almost any size.
Temp: 23-30C pH: 6.0-8.0
Pearl Gourami
(Trichogaster leeri)
These are delicately silver speckled fish; the male has longer fins and more red on its body. They are very peaceful though males may occasionally fight. They will feed well on flake food and can live up to eight years.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 6.5-8.5
Gold Gourami
(Trichogaster trichopterus)
These are probably among the easiest to keep of all the Gourami family. They are a beautiful golden yellow colour. They are very slow moving and can be kept with almost any other fish as they are very tolerant of other fish in their territory. They look especially good when grouped with a shoal of cardinals and other small tetra.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 6.5-7.5
Snakeskin Gourami
(Trichogaster pectoralis)
The body of these fish is covered in tiny silvery scales. The principal marking is the black stripe that runs laterally along both sides of the body. They are an extremely placid fish that can grow quite large. They are best suited to a large community based aquarium.
Temp: 23-28C pH: 6.0-8.3
Three-Spot Gourami
(Trichogaster trichopterus)
A very peaceful slow moving fish the three-spot gourami is very easy to keep. Kept with active tank mates they may retire to a corner. The dorsal fin of the male is pointed.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.0-8.8
Croaking Gourami
(Trichopsis vittata)
As their name would suggest both sexes of these fish make croaking noises. It is another peaceful species of gourami. The male is more coloured and has a red edge to its tail.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.5-7.5
Pink Kissing Gourami
(Helostoma temminckii)
This is a tolerant species though males may occasionally fight by pressing their mouths together ie. kissing. The weaker fish eventually gives in. The female is fatter than the female. They will feed upon any algae growing on the aquarium glass.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.8-8.5
Plecostomus
(Hypostomus punctatus)
The ever popular Pleco is the perfect way to keep your aquarium free from algae.
They are very well marked and can be kept with any other fish as they are one of the most placid species available.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 5.0-8.0
Gold Nugget Plecostomus
(Baryancistrus sp.)
These are probably the most attractive of all the pleco species with their jet black body and golden yellow polka dots that smother the whole fish its easy to see why they are so popular. They also make a perfect companion for almost any other fish.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.5-7.5
Orange-fin Kaiser
(Baryancistrus sp.)
These are by far one of the most highly regarded and most pretty of all the catfish. Their jet black body is hi-lighted by the intense golden dorsal fin and spots that smother their entire body. These are perfect community fish.
Temp: 23-26C pH: 6.5-7.5
Synodontis Featherfin
Synodontis Network
(Synodontis Eupterus)
This particular species is one of the most sought after because of their small dark markings and flamboyant dorsal fin extensions. They are peaceful even within smaller fish and make perfect companions for mollies etc. They occasionally swim upside-down. People think that all Synodontis grow to a huge size but this species has a maximum of 6” which makes it ideal for most aquariums. They require some dark spots in which to hide from time to time. They are a good community aquarium fish with plenty of character.
Temp: 22-26C pH: 6.2-7.5
Corydoras Scwartzii
(Corydoras Scwartzii)
These catfish have jet black line markings on their body and peppered spots on their tail. They are best kept in groups.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.0-7.0
Peppered Cats
(Corydoras paleatus)
These catfish are peppered with black spots over the entire body. They are best kept in groups.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.0-7.0
Albino Cats
(Corydoras paleatus la plata)
These catfish are entirely white. They are best kept in groups.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.0-7.0
Bronze Cats
(Corydoras aeneus)
These catfish are a beautiful bronze colour, as their name would suggest. They are best kept in groups.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.0-7.0
Panda Cats
(Corydoras panda)
These are small black and white catfish. They have black over their eyes, just like panda bears. They are best kept in groups.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.0-7.0

Clown Loach
(Botia macracanthus)
These are one of the best known tropical fish with a repertoire of having a very peaceful nature. They display themselves much more than many botia. These characteristics combined with their clown-like antics, from which they get their name, makes them hugely popular.
Temp: 25-30C pH: 6.0-6.5
Polka Dot Loach
(Angelicus botia )
These beautifully marked and coloured fish are ideal for any size aquarium. Their body is jet black with large golden yellow spots.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 6.5-7.5
Pangasius
(Pangasius sutchi / Pangasius hypothalmus)
These are metallic green catfish native to Thailand. They have black bands running the length of their long bodies. They are large fish but their growth becomes stunted in an aquarium where they rarely grow more than 6-8”. They shoal when young but become loners later. They will feed on flake, freeze dried, frozen and live foods.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.0-8.0
Bala Shark
(Balantiocheilus melanopterus)
These fish are perfect for larger community aquariums where they can be kept with even the smallest of fish. Their silver coloured body is hi-lighted by their black and yellow fins. They are a very active species. They will eat almost any vegetable matter, flake and even bloodworm.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.5-7.0.
Rainbow Shark
(Epalzeorhynchos frenatus)
One of the most attractive aquarium sharks these fish have a black or dark blue back and all their fins are flame red. They are a very active species and are constantly on the move in a tank. They are very territorial and often intolerant of even their own species.
Temp: 22-26C pH: 7.0
Red Tail Black Shark
(Epalzeorhynchus frenatus)
These fish are very similar to the rainbow shark but only have a red tail; all other fins are black. They are a very active species and are constantly on the move in a tank. They are very territorial and often intolerant of even their own species.
Temp: 22-26C pH: 7.0
Angel Fish
(Pterophyllum scalare)
Angel fish look like a disc on edge with long fins on top and bottom. They have two ‘feelers’ in front of the bottom fin. They originate from the Amazon region of South America. They are territorial but peaceful fish, they will school when young then form pairs. They can grow up to 6” in length. Angel fish feed well on flake food but will appreciate blood worms, brine shrimp or mealworms if given occasionally. At Uncle Mikes you can often see several varieties of this popular fish in stock: Silver, Zebra, Black, Marble and Golden.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 6.5-7.5
Silver Dollar
(Metynnis hypsauchen)
These fish are lovely. They are mainly silver in colour, however, when directly under the light they look like they have been dusted with gold all over their backs. They are round in shape, as their name would suggest, and are a popular addition to many aquariums.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 6.0-7.0
Mono
(Monodactylus argenteus)
This beautiful diamond shaped fish has fantastic colour. Their silver body is thin but tall, like that of an angel fish. Their fins are hooked backwards and are mainly yellow in colour. They have a black stripe across their eyes and another across their gills. These fish require slightly brackish conditions and prefer bloodworms and tubifex to pellets or flake food.
Temp: 24-28C
Hatchet
(Thoracocharax securis)
These community fish are undemanding and relatively easy to keep. They have beautiful silver bodies with 2-3 light brown stripes across the body. The hatchet gets its name, shape and popularity from its extended breast bone. They are usually seen swimming at the surface or in the middle of the aquarium.
Temp: 23-30C pH: 6.0-7.5
Discus
(Symphysodon)
These fish are the jewels of an aquarium and thus are very sought after. They are not suitable however for beginners and do require water to be of a very high quality.
There is a large variety of these fish available in red, blue, yellow and green. When not in stock at Uncle Mikes Fish Room simply ask any staff member about placing a special order for your Discus.
Temp: 26-30C pH: 6.5
Purple Spotted Gudgeon
(Morgunda morgunda)
These naturally coloured beauties are one of the best coloured fish available. They are sky blue in colour with green, brown and burnt orange colourations and carry markings of purple spots and stripes. They should be kept with large fish as guppies etc may be seen as food.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 6.0-7.0
Paradise Fish
(Macropodus opercularis)
These are attractive fish with bands of blue and orange. Males have long flowing fins and is more brightly coloured. Young fish can be kept together but adult males will fight. These fish can also be kept in a coldwater aquarium. They only grow to a maximum of 4”.
Temp: 16-26C pH: 6.0-8.0
Reed Fish
(Erpetoichthys calabaricus )
These fish are also known as rope or as snake fish because of their elongated body and their lack of pelvic fins. They are very peaceful fish. They possess no less than 7 individual dorsal fins that look more like small spikes on their back. These fish have become very popular, but a word of warning is needed; the tank needs to have a very secure lid.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.5-7.5
Clown Knife Fish
(Chitala chitala )
These are a superb display fish that will undoubtedly attract people to your aquarium.
They should not however be kept with anything that they can fit in their rather large mouths.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 5.5-7.0
Longnose Elephant
(Gnathonemus petersii)
If you are looking for something different in your community tank these could well be what you are looking for. These African fish are one of the strangest looking and most interesting fish to watch. They are mainly black with 2 small bands of white. They have a passive electrogenic organ in their nose that acts like a sonar detector sifting through sand searching for small prey. They feed well on tubifex and bloodworm.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.0-7.0
Sparkling Gold Panchax
(Pachypanchax)
These fish have a superb metallic blue and green colour with gold that gives the appearance of a sprinkling of glitter all over their body. Despite their good looks however these fish should not be kept with fish smaller than themselves as they would be seen as a source of food. These fish feed well on mealworms, tubifex and flake food.
Temp: 22-25C pH: 6.0-7.0
Blue Ram
(Papiliochromis ramirezi)
These fish are very hard to get and sell from Uncle Mikes each time like hot cakes!
Their long flowing fins and outstanding colouration make these one of the best looking community fish available.
Temp: 22-26C pH: about 7.0
Bumble Bee Goby
(Brachygobius xanthozona)
These beautiful little fish are ideal for almost any size aquarium. They have vivid black and yellow bands all around the body. Although small they can consume vast amounts of algae. They are territorial community fish and prefer to be kept in shoals of at least 5. They will rarely accept flake food but will feed well on mealworms, bloodworms and tubifex.
Temp: 25-30C pH: 7.5-8.5
Golden Severum
(Heros severus )
These cichlids can be kept in a community aquarium with other medium – large fish like Swords and Mollies. Their beautiful yellow colouration is one of the most recognised of all the American fish. They are quite easy to keep and will accept a wide variety of food
Temp: 22-25C pH: 6.0-6.5
Jewel Cichlid
(Hemichromis bimaculatus)
These South American cichlids have a stunning red body with neon blue and green spots peppered all over it. They make perfect companions for oscar, parrot fish and convicts etc.
Temp: 21-23C pH: 7.5
Taiwan Reef Cichlid
(Steveni taiwan)
The beautiful petrol blue colour and the black and yellow markings on this fish really set it apart from all the rest. They can easily be kept with other cichlids but do require a large tank as they are a very active species.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 7.8-8.6
Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi
(Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi)
These are one of the prettiest African cichlids. Males have a brown body with white bands, orange shoulders, a bright blue face and a blue dorsal fin. They will live in large groups in which there will be one dominant male. This male is easily identifiable as he will have the brightest colours. Should he be removed from the group the male next in line will brighten up to full colour.
Temp: 24-26C pH: 7.5-8.2
Haplochromis Ahli Electric Blue Cichlid
(Sciaenochromis fryeri)
The good looks of this fish have been well acknowledged by now. They have a large full electric blue body, jet black markings and fins trimmed with yellow. They can be kept with almost any other African Cichlid.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 7.8-8.5
Jack Dempsey
(Cichlasoma octofasciatum)
These fish are very territorial. They pair readily and make good parents. The male has pointed dorsal fins. The upper edge of his dorsal is dark red on the female the same edge is less brilliantly coloured. Not recommended for a community tank.
Temp: 22-25C pH: 6.5-7.0
Firemouth Cichlid
(Thorichthys meeki)
These fish are very territorial. They pair readily and make good parents. The male has a smartly pointed dorsal fin and tail and is more intensely coloured. Not recommended for a community tank.
Temp: 21-24C pH: 6.5-7.0
Convict Cichlid
(Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)
These fish are very territorial. They pair readily and make good parents. The male is larger, less colourful, has a steeper forehead and longer fins. Females have orange scales on their lower bodies and dorsal fin. Not recommended for a community tank.
Temp: 20-23C pH: 6.5-7.0
Yellow Kribensis
(Pelvicachromis humilis )
The yellow colouration that gives this fish its common name is restricted to the cheeks, chest and belly of male specimens. Females have less yellow and have purple or red colouration as well. These fish are quite a peaceful species that may become territorial while breeding.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 6.0-7.0
Parrot Fish
People either love or hate this fish, but make no mistake the Parrot fish is hugely popular at Uncle Mikes. Their strange shape makes these fish a great centrepiece and they are very easy to care for. They are hybrid cichlids of unknown parentage and have no scientific name. They are bright orange in colouration and have a beak shaped mouth from which they get their common name. They like open swimming areas and hiding places. They grow 8-10” and live 10-15 years. They should not be kept with fish that they could fit in their mouths as they will eat them. They feed well on flake food and bloodworms.
Temp: 22-28C pH: 6.0-8.0
Albino Red Tiger Oscar
(Astronotus ocellatus )
The body of these fish is yellow with orange and flame red markings that always makes them popular sellers. They require a large tank at least 3-4 feet with plenty of free swimming space. They make perfect display pieces in a show tank.
Temp: 22-26C pH: 6.5-7.0
Spotted Pike Characin
(Boulengerella Maculata)
These are the “Ultimate Predators”. They have a long cigar shaped body that is highly silvered with vivid black spots all over their back. Their long thin snout is full of needle sharp teeth that are perfect for catching the live fish that they feed upon. None the less these fish are beautiful. They are best suited to a large aquarium.
Temp: 23-27C pH: 6.0-7.5
Piranha
(Serrasalmus nattereri)
The perfect predator!! This is a beautiful looking and popular fish that should be given a steady supply of food. When fed it is not the indiscriminate killer that it is made out to be. The colouration of these fish is superb. They have a mainly silver body with a bright red throat and a golden back. They are sure to draw attention to your aquarium.
Temp: 23-27C pH: 5.5-7.5
Freshwater Stingray
(Potamotrygon laticeps)
These peaceful, lively bottom dwelling fish originate from South America. If wanting something different for your tank then this is it. They will surely attract attention. The male is more brightly coloured than the female. They all have a barbed stinger on the upper side of their tail. They feed well on bloodworms, tubifex and mealworms.
Temp: 23-25C pH: 6.5-7.0
Arowana
(Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)
These are great display fish for a large tank. They have a long anal fin that stretches over two thirds of its slender, silver body. They should be kept only with large slow moving fish and they are excellent jumpers so the tank should be well covered.
Temp: 24-30C pH: 6.5
Fire Eel
(Mastacembelus erythrotaenia)
These are probably the best known of the spiny eels. They are also among one of the largest and most sensitive to bad water conditions. However, if the water quality is good enough then these fish will flourish and can be kept with almost any medium to large sized fish.
Temp: 24-28C pH: 7.0
Mudskipper
(Periophthalmus barbarus)
These are territorial and partly amphibious. As their natural habitat is difficult to imitate in an aquarium they can be hard to keep. They require a part land part water based aquarium where the air temperature is as warm as the water. They feed well on crickets, mealworms and flake food.
Temp: 25-30C pH: 8.0-8.5





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