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Tony of many years experience managed to round down his top ten to this collection of names and experiences:


Botia Sidimunki

Active 'cheeky' loach, beautiful colours, best kept as a small shoal. Not seen very often in shops and can be quite expensive when available.


Poecilia Nigrofasciata

The hump backed limia brings back fond memories of my days in showing, having won numerous awards with this species, the most notable being the breeders championship in 197?. It took me 3 hours a match a team which was so close to perfection! A striking looking fish when in peak condition.


Xiphophorus Montezumae

The xiphophorus genus has always been a favourite of mine, having kept many of the species. This species is one of my favourite. There are many sub-species which are continually being renamed as more information becomes available.


Corydoras Habrosus

One of the smaller species in this genus. An interesting species, which I have tried to breed, but with no success! They are not readily available, so grab them when you can.


Brachyrhaphis Rhabdophora

A striking little livebearer with vivid colours when in peak condition. A

perfect species for showing, as they tend to deport well.


Poecilia Reticulata

Let's face it, we've all started in this hobby with either a goldfish from the

fair or a batch of guppies from a friend who had an overstocked tank. The guppy is a very prolific fish, but breeding quality solid specimens with vivid colours is a real challenge!


Hoplosternum Thoracatum

A relatively active catfish which is a bubble nest breeder. Spawning can be

triggered by large water changes and dramatic temperature drop. A species I would love to breed one day!


Malapterurus Electricus

The electric catfish may look like a sausage but you won't find anything like it. I had one many years ago and it was the closest thing to a 'pet' fish. Yes, I did talk to it!


Xenotoca Eiseni

This livebearer of the goodeid family was classified as 'endangered' in the

1970s and we, in the UK had the privilege to acquire a few specimens. They are a striking and unusual species with blue and orange coloration (males). We bred some 'giants' in the 70s, but sadly the quality has somewhat deteriorated over the years!


Lepidocephalus Thermalis

I first had some of these loaches in 1974 and was told they were wild caught specimens and before long, they bred. I have no idea what their breeding habits are just found a batch of youngsters in the tank! They did well on the showbench in the breeders and pairs classes.