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5 Steps to Setting up your First Aquarium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:04

Most fish tanks now come complete with everything you need to start off a beautiful aquarium. Many come complete with a filter, lighting and a heater plus other accessories which save money and time. Swell UK have a huge range of high quality aquariums from major manufacturers, all packed with features.

Decide upon the tank, there are many available at 10 or 20 liters in size, that house a few fish. They are perfect for those without much space, or for a beginner. However if you plan on a large fish stock or you want a big tank, there are plenty available.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:19
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A Guide to Fancy Goldfish Care PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Goldfish are members of the carp family, and have been bred for over a thousand years. Along with common types such as comets and shubunkins, there are several different varieties of fancy goldfish sporting unique characteristics such as double tailfins, egg-shaped bodies and telescoping eyes.

Some of the different types of fancy goldfish include fantails, lionheads, black moors, red capped orandas, ranchus, bubble eyes, celestials, pearlscales, and many more. Fancy goldfish have different needs and require different kinds of care than common goldfish. Keep in mind that different varieties may need different care than others. What follows is a basic guide for caring for fancy goldfish.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 04:46
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Caring for Your New Betta Fish PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Bettas are the perfect beginner fish. They take up very little room, don't need a lot of care, and will swim to the side of the bowl every time they see you, begging for more food and attention. Read on to learn more.

All about Bettas

Bettas (Betta splendens) are also known as Siamese fighting fish. They are native to Southwestern Asia, where farmers found them living in rice paddies and began to raise them for their colors and their fighting ability. At one point, men would even wager money on fights between bettas but this is considered animal cruelty.

Male bettas have bright colors and long, flowing fins to attract females. However, they are highly aggressive towards males, so much that they will attack anything that resembles another betta fish. Many will even attack their own reflections.

When a male betta is threatened or spots another fish, it will flare out its gill covers, which is called opercular flaring. They will also spread out their dorsal and tail fins, making them look larger and more threatening. Then, the betta will beat its fins rapidly and charge towards the other fish.


Last Updated on Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:07
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Rare Giant Oarfish Found PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 19:51

oarfish When 73-year-old Ove Eriksson first saw this Giant Oarfish lying on the beach, he thought it was simply a large piece of plastic. But as he knelt down beside it, he knew he had found something special.

The 12-foot "Giant Oarfish" is a deep-water fish that is so rarely seen, it was thought to be extinct. In fact, the last sighting was well over 100 years ago.

The Oarfish is a "serpent-like" creature that was last seen in Swedish waters in 1879 - more than 130 years ago. It has the honor of being the world's largest bony fish and was once thought to inspire "fish tales of sea serpents" amongst sailors.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 July 2010 16:10
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JellyQuarium? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:12

jellyfish aquariumLooking for a new, very different type of aquarium? You may just want to check out the Jelliquarium. That's right. Live jellyfish on your desktop that you can spend hours just watching.

The 32" Jelliquarium Buccaneer Oak series is a freestanding home jellyfish tank that looks a little more humane and sturdier than the smaller models. You can view this at the Jellyquarium and purchase the tank for the low price of $9,560. (Yes, we're joking about the low price, not about the tank).

If you're looking for something a little smaller, you can purchase a desktop model for around $300 - not including the 2" Blue Jellyfish that you'll also need to make your tank complete. Take a look at these at JellyFishArt. According to the website, it takes only an hour or to set up the tank and jellyfish can be added right away.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 July 2010 16:11
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