BETTA FISH TRENDING TOPICS FOR JANUARY 2017

Betta Fish Trending Topics for January 2017
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated January 19, 2017
The betta fish is and will forever be one of the most popular types of aquarium fish. What are people saying about betta in the new year?
Also known as the Siamese Fighting Fish, betta fish are some of the most popular fish in the freshwater aquarium industry. These fish come in a wide range of different colors, patterns, and tail types and they are generally easy to care for. Below you will find a review of some of the top betta fish trends and topics of discussion from popular betta fish forums and social media accounts for January 2017.
 
Betta Fish Housing: The AquaBlock Aquarium

One of the hottest topics related to betta fish that seems to make a resurgence several times a year is the issue of housing. In pet stores, betta fish are displayed and sold in small plastic containers barely large enough for them to move. Some aquarium hobbyists make the argument that, in their natural habitat, betta fish are sometimes found in puddles and dried-up rice paddies, but that doesn’t mean that this is the ideal environment for any fish. Unfortunately, there are many aquarium supply companies out there who propagate the myth that, not only can bettas survive in very small aquariums, but that this is the kind of environment that is best for them.


In 2012, The AquaBlock was released for the first time and the company created a Twitter account that same year to advertise sales and promotions. AquaBlock is a decorative, portable aquarium made from durable glass that measures approximately 8 inches long by 8 inches high and 3 inches deep – there is also...

SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: THE AXOLOTL

Species Spotlight: The Axolotl
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated September 06, 2016
If you are looking for a unique species around which to center your next tank, consider the axolotl.
If you are thinking about starting up a new aquarium, you have probably already considered a variety of options for stocking your tank. You could go with the large, brightly colored discus fish or, if you prefer something a little more low-maintenance, a community tank full of colorful platies and swordtails. But if you really want something unique and you are amenable to taking on a new challenge, you should consider something entirely different – the axolotl.

What is an Axolotl?

The Axolotl is not a type of aquarium fish but it is an aquatic animal. Technically, it is a type of neotenic salamander that goes by the scientific name, Ambystoma mexicanum. This beautiful creature is native to the Lakes Chalco and Xochimilco in Mexico where their natural habitat is rapidly shrinking due to urbanization. The good news is that these creatures reproduce easily in captivity and their unique regenerative abilities makes them scientifically valuable. The Axolotl has been the subject of a great deal of research and selective breeding has led to the development of a wide variety of color morphs. These creatures can reach a length of 12 inches or more and they have the typical salamander-like body with a dorsal crest that extends into the tail.

Things to Think About

While the Axolotl is an amazing and beautiful creature, it is not the best choice for all aquarium hobbyists. The captive care for these creatures is relatively simply, but there are certain considerations you need to make for their long-term...

SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: NEW CORYDORAS CATFISH DISCOVERED

Species Spotlight: New Corydoras Catfish Discovered
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated March 21, 2016
A species of Corydoras catfish that was discovered in the 1990s has finally been officially described and named.
Also known as cory cats or cories, corydoras catfish are a group of armored catfish that make excellent additions to the freshwater tank. These little fish are very active and lively in the tank which makes them a joy to keep, plus they help to clean up accumulated detritus like uneaten fish food from the bottom of your tank. There are many different species of corydoras catfish to choose from, including one species that has only been recently described – Corydoras eversi.

About Corydoras Catfish

The name corydoras is given to a genus of freshwater fishes that belong to the Corydoradinae subfamily, or the armored catfish family. The name corydoras comes from the Greek words kory, or “helmet,” and doras, or “skin”. With more than 160 unique species, the corydoras genus is by far the largest genus of neotropical fish species. Though many corydoras species have been named and described, there are hundreds of species that have not – these are usually given C-numbers instead of names to differentiate them from other species. You may be familiar with this practice as it is also applied to other catfish species, including Plecostomus.

Corydoras catfish can be found throughout South America, particularly in small streams and along the margins of rivers. These fish tend to prefer slow-moving, near-still bodies of water where the water is shallow and clear. Corydoras catfish are bottom feeders, sifting through the sand or gravel at the bottom of the stream in search of food. These fish feed on different...

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