What are painted, tattooed or dyed fish?

What are painted, tattooed or dyed fish?

Mark Chinnery
Fish are typically dyed with fluorescent pigments by a variety of processes including injection, tattooing or interfering with the skin by using lasers or chemicals so dye is readily absorbed.
Are painted or dyed fish illegal in the UK?

Are painted or dyed fish illegal in the UK?

Mark Chinnery
'Painting' fish with dye is a practice that is commonly frowned upon by most retailers, and is generally discouraged industry-wide on ethical grounds.
Do Flying Foxes eat lots of algae?

Do Flying Foxes eat lots of algae?

Mark Chinnery
The flying fox (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) is a Southeast Asian species of freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae. It is known to eat green algae. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Siamese algae eater.
Are Flying Foxes aggressive?

Are Flying Foxes aggressive?

Mark Chinnery
Flying foxes are bottom-dwelling fish native to the fast-flowing foothill rivers and streams of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Java and Sumatra in Southeast Asia. An aquarium with plenty of broad-leaved plants (like Anubias), driftwood and rock for hiding places is recommended.
Around our Shores: The Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola)

Around our Shores: The Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola)

Mark Chinnery
We are very lucky, living on an island as we do, to be surrounded by some truly fascinating sea and shoreline life. We hope you'll enjoy this regular feature of exploring sea life typical to the UK. This blog features the Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish!
Why are Angelfish called Angel Fish?

Why are Angelfish called Angel Fish?

Mark Chinnery
Angel fish, Pterophyllum, are a small genus of freshwater fish from the family Cichlidae. All Pterophyllum species originate from the Amazon Basin, Orinoco Basin and various rivers throughout tropical South America.
Are Red Tailed Tinfoil Barbs aggressive?

Are Red Tailed Tinfoil Barbs aggressive?

Mark Chinnery
The Red-tail Tinfoil Barb is a good-sized Cyprinid fish that reaches up to about 8 inches (20 cm) in length fully grown in captive aquaria.
Around Our Shores: Rock Pools

Around Our Shores: Rock Pools

Mark Chinnery
Of all the seashore habitats, rock pools are the most interesting and attractive. Many a childhood summer is spent netting for crabs in them, all along the British coastline!
Can Nerite Snails crawl out of a fish tank?

Can Nerite Snails crawl out of a fish tank?

Mark Chinnery
Nerite snails are great for controlling algae in your fish tank, but nerite snails can and often will crawl out of a fish tank. Sometimes, they do it because of poor water quality and not enough food, but often its simply an opportunity to explore.
Do Nerite Snails reproduce asexually?

Do Nerite Snails reproduce asexually?

Mark Chinnery
Although most aquatic snails reproduce asexually, nerite snails do not. A female nerite snail will produce eggs for the male to fertilise, like fish. The eggs will then be spread throughout the tank and develop into larvae.
Can Nerite Snails turn themselves over?

Can Nerite Snails turn themselves over?

Mark Chinnery
If Nerites snails land upright, they will be able to quickly get acclimated to their new surroundings, but unlucky snails that land upside down have a very difficult time turning themselves over to the upright position.
How big do Banjo Catfish get?

How big do Banjo Catfish get?

Mark Chinnery
Banjo catfish will achieve a maximum size of around 6" inches (15cm). They will often grow long and slender, rather than outward. Banjo Catfish can live up to 6 years in perfect conditions.