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The Give a tank foundation is back! and it needs your help.

Hi guys,

Some of you might remember a while back, I spoke about  getting together and installing aquariums in local nursing homes for the benefit of elderly patients. I posted about all the health benefits related to aquariums and hoped to begin at the start of the year.

Lothian Fishkeepers has grown quite a bit and now takes up a lot of my time running the social media pages along with planning the tablesale and shrimp show so the Give a tank project was put on hold.

Yesterday, our member Susan Mcknight asked on behalf of Beatlie School Campus in Livingston, to help upgrade the aquarium they currently have in the school. This aquarium currently houses some nice big goldfish and has done for many years.

Beatlie School Campus provides co-educational and non-denominational education primarily for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties aged between 5 and 18 years of age. The goldfish have become a part of daily life for many of the pupils.

Over the next few days I will be put…

Fish foods all the same. Or is it?

Hi Guys,

Until very recently, I was completely unaware of this brand of fish food. I won't lie to you, fish food was not something i payed much attention to. As long as it didn't cloud up my water i was happy. I knew from growing up around fish tanks that variety was a good thing. Live foods, frozen, flake etc so Ive kept all the above for various different fish I've had over the years. But in general, food has not been a strong point for me.

On discovering the fish science range for tropical fish, its made me think more about what I feed my fish. Fish eat a wide variety of food in their natural environment such as algae, snails, shrimps, dead fish, berries and even insects that fall into the water.

Ive noticed some new products on the market that are now offering more natural ingredients. Fish Science have a range of fish food which is focusing on providing your fish with a more natural diet. They have a new natural formula which uses insect meal and they advise me that …

The importance of Water Quality

The importance of water quality
Many factors come into play when discussing what provides your fish with the ideal living conditions. Temperature, Flow, Lighting, Diet and water quality being the main areas we all like to focus on.
On the Lothian Fishkeepers Facebook group, we recently discussed the subject of water quality. We understand that the quality of water has a direct effect on anything living in your aquarium. The four most important elements of your aquarium water consists of Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and pH level. We can test for many other elements, especially if we have a saltwater tank but regardless of water type, these four elements I consider the most important.
It is important that you achieve the right conditions for your fish species. Some fish have a wide range of water perimeters that they can live in. However, fish such as malawi require  pH levels as high as 8.5 and general hardness of up to 16KH to replicate the african lake water. Discus for example, enjoy pH l…

A new way of sharing advice

Hi Guys, 
Our members are really good at helping each other. Everyday I see people asking for advice and each time they get a great response from lots of different people. Never do I see anybody being slated for mistakes or lack of knowledge. This is what Ive always wanted our Facebook group to be like. 
Last week, Carol suggested that we do a weekly focus on one species or subject. We can go into more detail about breeding, biotope and much more if we focus on one topic a week. This isn't to say we can't continue to ask for advice obviously. I can pin the specific thread to the top of the page and we all add our info through the week. At the end of the week, we can create a document for us all to refer back to.
This is just an idea and if anybody has any suggestions, let me know. I only want our group to continue to be a great place for everyone. 
This week I was thinking we could focus on water quality. Ive noticed the topic has come up quite a bit recently and i think it wo…

Boraras Merah - The micro predator from the swamps of Borneo

With a maximum length of 20mm, these tiny little Boraras are he perfect addition to a small nano tank. They are a schooling fish by nature and are the perfect companion for your freshwater shrimps. When kept in groups of 8-10 you get a natural effective school of fish which will thrive in a planted tank.


Originating from the dark swampy waters of Southern Borneo, the Boraras ideal conditions are very soft, acidic and dimly lit. ph as low as 4.0 which is why they work well with shrimps. Yes this fish are tiny but they do still need a little space to swim. To get the best out of your group, I would recommend a minimum tank size of 45cm x 30cm with various small plants. Lighting is not too important and I would consider using leaf litter to create the darker water.

The idea water conditions are:

20-28 degrees celsius 4.0 - 6.5pH18 - 90 ppm hardness


Being so small requires small food. In the wild, these fish are micro predators and eat small insects or worms. In the home aqu…

Testing your water just got smart! - JBL Pro scan

Hi Guys,

We all know the importance of good water quality, right? We do regular water changes, condition our water, some of us even use RO/DI water to assure our fish have the best possible quality water. There is as motto I've heard a few people say which is "look after your water and the fish look after themselves"

There has been several different test kits on the market to help us all keep track of our water perimeters and for some they work great. Ive never really been a fan of the test tube kits and always feel they lack consistency.

Ive discovered a new way for me to test my water and its so simple its definitely worth sharing with you guys. Its called PRO SCAN from JBL.

The kit consists of a strip test and a smartphone app. Basically, download the app and follow the instructions. After the test is complete, the app gives you the results and then suggests any changes you should make (if any) to improve your water quality.

What I really like about this test kit is …

Hugo Kamishi - Zen Garden aquarium plants

Live aquarium plants are a great addition to any aquarium. With the right care and maintenance you can create some stunning underwater gardens. With the technology available to us today, we can have some beautiful plant species which all have there own unique appeal.

Aquascaping is not easy, to get it right takes patience, skill and knowledge, but most of all time. When you live a busy life, finding the time to trim plants and add fertilisers etc can be difficult. When things slip the result is algae growth and plant die off.

Ever since I can remember, the alternative to the live plants was glossy, rigid plastic plants. No matter how hard you tried, it was never anywhere near natural looking. Since then the artificial plants have come a long way. We have a wide range of brands and styles to chose from these days. While the plastic plants are still available, you can also get silk ones now too. Silk plants are softer and have amore realistic texture and look.

I decided to have a go at …