Apistogramma sp. ‘abacaxis’: Species Profile & Care Guide

Apistogramma sp. 'wilhelmi'

If you’re looking for an eye-catching Apisto to elevate the look of your display tank, give the Apistogramma sp. ‘abacaxis’ a try. This rare, vibrant species is an absolute showstopper with its striking colors and patterned fins. However, even experienced Apisto keepers often find it can be challenging to care for them in captivity, especially when … Read more

Apistogramma iniridae: Species Profile & Care Guide

apistogramma iniridae

Looking for something to add to your Apisto collection of uncommon and wild variety? Let’s introduce you to the Apistogramma iniridae. Due to their difficulty level, these fish can be difficult to find in local fish stores but are relished by experienced fish keepers. If you are lucky enough to get one, let’s talk about … Read more

Apistogramma ortegai: Species Profile & Care Guide

Apistogramma ortegai

A fairly new addition to the aquarium hobby, the Apistogramma ortegai is a mighty and aggressive member of the Apistogramma family. Despite its undemanding of water conditions or habitat essentials, this species isn’t a good choice for beginner Apisto enthusiasts. Before you make the leap, let’s take a closer look at its origins, characteristics, and … Read more

Apistogramma bitaeniata (aka Banded Dwarf Cichlid) Species Profile & Care Guide

Apistogramma bitaeniata

Apistos make up a very large family of dwarf cichlids known for their broad spectrum of colors. Some species are known for their exclusive blackwater habitats, the banded dwarf cichlid, Apistogramma bitaeniata, is one of them. Plus, they’re considered somewhat “advanced” Apistogramma species with a semi-aggressive temperament, making them more of an intermediate-level fish. Before you make the … Read more

Apistogramma nijsseni (aka Panda Dwarf Cichlid) Species Profile & Care Guide

Apistogramma nijsseni care

The Apistogramma nijsseni, also known as the panda dwarf cichlid, is beloved by all who have owned them.  However, like most members of the Nijsseni group, the Apistogramma nijsseni is a true blackwater fish and tends to be relatively aggressive during the spawning season.  That said, these fish are not recommended for beginner hobbyists due to … Read more

Goldfish Cloudy Eye (s): Causes, Symptoms & Treatments [with Pictures]

goldfish cloudy eye

Cloudy eye(s) in goldfish is not a disease but a condition caused by a wide variety of possible underlying problems. Unfortunately, goldfish can’t tell us what’s wrong, so it’s up to us goldfish parents to figure out the cause and find an appropriate treatment.  This condition can be a serious symptom of bacterial infection and … Read more

Can Bala Shark and Rainbow Shark Live Together? (No! Because of Aggression)

bala shark and rainbow shark

While both the Rainbow Shark and the Bala Shark are stunning in an aquarium, there are a lot of factors to consider if you are looking at having them in the same tank.  Their fully-grown size, behavior, and other aspects are key when considering having Bala Sharks and Rainbow Sharks live together. Keep reading to … Read more

Dwarf Pike Cichlids Care 101: Types, Tank Size, Food, Lifespan, Tank Mates

dwarf pike cichlids

Dwarf Pike Cichlids often get a bad rap, with many viewing them as delicate and temperamental fish. While it’s true they do have particular tank requirements and may have some aggressive tendencies, with proper care, these small South American cichlids can make a beautiful and energetic addition to your home aquarium. Below you’ll learn everything … Read more