17 January 2012

Java Fern

Common Name:Java Fern
Proper Name:Microsorum pteropus
Category:Ferns and Mosses
Temperature:18 - 30 C
PH:5.0 - 8.0
Lighting:Very Low
Growth Rate:Slow
Difficulty:Very Easy
Origin:Southeast Asia
Position in Aquascape:Mid-Ground

Java Fern is one of the most popular aquatic plants where the leaves grow naturally and it's specialty is where it can be attached and grown on driftwood. It's also a low maintenance plant because it's does not require high lights. With cooler water, it can grow faster and have a lush growth. 

Christmas Moss

Common Name:Christmass moss
Proper Name:Vesicularia montagne
Category:Ferns and Mosses
Temperature:15 - 28 C
Growth Rate:Medium

Christmas Moss is one of the natural looking plants where it can grow really well with proper conditions. Alike any other types of mosses, it can be tied on driftwood or a wire mesh, with your creativity, it will be a really nice looking plant once a dense, lush growth is reached.

Leaf Fish

RM 10 per/pcs

Classification / Names 
Asian Leaf Fishes 

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; common length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; 

EnvironmentFreshwater; brackish; pH range: 7.0

Temperature22°C - 26°C 

Live fish and other live foods

Leaf Fish is a very cool predator fish where its body shape looks very sharp especially the sail fin looks very different from other fish. It's most excited when feeding this fish because they can swallow almost half of its size small fish. You will never believe how fast and how powerful is this fish is. Get it, believe it !

Blyxa Japonica


Common Name: Blyxa Japonica
Proper Name: Blyxa Japonica
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 22 - 28 C
PH: 5.0 - 7.5
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: Asia
Position in Aquascape: Mid-Ground

Blyxa Japonica is not too difficult to grow if its basic requirements are met. If conditions are to its liking and lighting is intense, the leaves of B. japonica will develop golden and reddish hues and the plants will exhibit more compact growth. If it does not receive enough lighting, however, B. japonica will become taller, lankier, and greener. This plant produces an impressive root system and appreciates a nutritious substrate. If phosphate levels are kept high (1-2 ppm), this species will continuously produce small white flowers on long, thin stalks.

14 January 2012

Horse Face Loach

The most special part of this loach is that it will suck sand into the mouth and filter it and come out from the gills.  

Scientific name: Acantopsis Molobrion

Common name: Horse Faced/Long Nosed Loach.

Sexual Dimorphism: Females are generally larger with a larger abdominal area. Females may also have a more reddish color, with the males showing more silver/grey - in mature specimens.

Maximum size: 8 Inches (20cm)

Care: This species is an active burrower when at rest and escaping from the company of others. This species also tends to search for buried foods. The aquarium substrate MUST be fine-grained and smooth round-edged. Preferable is sand. It should also be deep enough to allow larger specimens sufficient space to bury themselves. Plants can be uprooted as a result of these species burrowing activities. When juvenile, they are more visible. As they mature these loaches become more crespuscular/nocturnal.

Feeding: Most foods accepted. Commercial sinking formulations and bottom-dwelling live-foods. Frozen foods such as Bloodworms and/or brine shrimp. These loaches often filter foods through their gills when kept in a aquarium with sand as a substrate.

Water parameters: Ph: 6-7 (6.5) Hardness: Max dh: 1-12

Temperature: 77-84°F (25-29°C)


Scientific Name: Pangio shelfordii

Common name: Calico Kuhli Loach, Leopard Kuhli Loach, Shelford's Loach, Shelford's Prickly Eye, Spotted Eel Loach, Spotted Kuhli Loach.

Synonyms: Acanthophthalmus shelfordi, Acanthophthalmus muraeniformis
Distribution: Southern Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.

Sexual Dimorphism: Females probably noticeably plumper when loaded with eggs like other Pangio species.

Maximum size: 3 inches (8cm)

Care: All kuhlis need well-established aquaria and should not be considered for newly set up tanks. This is one of the cool water kuhlis and will begin to experience discomfort at temperatures above 79°F (26°C). This fish likes a soft substrate with lots of hiding places and plants. Best kept in groups, the larger the better. Three fish is the absolute minimum that should be kept together.
Feeding: Easily fed. Accepts good quality flake, sinking pellets, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, Brine Shrimp, etc.

Water parameters: pH: 6.0-5.5 Hardness: Soft

Temperature: 72 ºF to 77 ºF (22 - 25 °C)

Borneo Sucker (Gastromyzon Scitulus)

Scientific Name: Gastromyzon scitulus

Maximum size: 2 inches

Care: Inhabit fast flowing streams over boulders. Aquarium must duplicate these conditions as fish have very high oxygen requirements.

With all Gastromyzon species, care is broadly the same. All need excellent water-flow and aeration, numerous rocky hiding places and smooth pebbles and boulders to graze over. Lighting should be bright to encourage algal growth in the aquarium. Plants are not necessary as the fish do not normally encounter them in the wild, but they will help with water-quality. Suitable plants for high-flow environments are Anubias and Microsoreum. These will grow on rockwork or driftwood.

Feeding: Good quality flake, sinking pellets, algae wafers, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, blanched Spinach, Kale, natural algae an advantage.

Red Cherry Shrimp


The Red Cherry Shrimp is the most popular shrimp in the hobby due to it is easy to breed as well as their ability to live in many different water parameters. Most aquascaping hobbyists keep this species because of it easy requirements and also learn about dwarf shrimp in general. Once acquiring experience in the hobby through keeping the Red Cherry Shrimp most hobbyists move on to the more difficult species like Tiger Shrimp and Crystal Red Shrimp. Other names for this species is Cherry Shrimp, Cherry Red Shrimp and the acronym R.C.S. means simply Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS). 

The Beginner Shrimp

I highly recommend that any newcomer to the freshwater aquarium shrimp hobby start off with the Red Cherry Shrimp. I start with this shrimp as well. This shrimp will teach you a lot, and mistakes causing shrimp deaths can be overcome due to their ability to readily breed. You also don’t want to make a mistake with another more expensive species. Red Cherry Shrimp are the least expensive shrimp in the hobby. It's very easy to keep and very minimum requirement is needed.

Dwarf Hairgrass

Common Name:Dwarf Hair Grass

Category:Rosette Plants
Temperature:15 - 30 C
PH:5.0 - 7.5
Growth Rate:Fast
Position in Aquascape:Foreground

Dwarf Hairgrass is one of the popular aquatic foreground plant that use by many aquascaping hobbyist. It is because there are beautiful and looks nature, exactly like the grass outside your house but its in mini form. Most of the people plant it in Iwagumi Aquascaping style, which looks simple and nice.