Back to Basics -Classic Aquarium Fish
A thought crossed my mind the other day about the reduced interest we have been experiencing of many of the classic aquarium fish that most of us entered the hobby keeping. Fish such as kribensis, red jewels, convicts, guppies, bristlenose, guppy, platy, swords, danios, white clouds, electric yellows, ps. zebra, fighters, rosy barbs and paradise fish are all quite hardy resilient fish that have very interesting behavioural patterns and can be successfully bred in home aquaria with minimal effort. These fish are generally quite inexpensive and a perfect place to start. I believe (for me anyway) it was these species and the success I had in keeping and breeding such species that fuelled my desire for fish keeping and advanced me through to keep more difficult species. So much so in fact that to this day I have been on a continuous quest for acquiring more and more species and learning how to care for them. In this almost obsessive pursuit, I myself have been drawn away from the basic building block species so to speak. Only just now whilst maintaining my home aquariums did I think about this and it has given me new inspiration to introduce my 19-month-old daughter Amelia to the fish that started me in this hobby. Our first introduction last week was a pair of striped convicts that have already bred after only a week in their new tank. Check out the video in the comments here: https://www.facebook.com/JMWaquaticsolutions/posts/2714676605234052 . Stay tuned to this space as I continue the aquarium adventure with my daughter as we set up some more tanks together. Please comment below on what species first drew you into the hobby and over the next few months we at Aquatic Solutions will endeavour to source some of these species and put them on special for you to reacquaint yourselves with. I think it will be a great way of promoting such fish to any newcomers entering the hobby and I am sure many store owners have fond memories and stories from their own early day experiences that they still remember to this day.
Julian Wong B.Sc. Hons
JMW International Pty. Ltd. t/as Aquatic Solutions