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Articles by Fons van der Hart

Fons van der Hart is a Dutch aquarium enthousiast for more than 40 years. After starting with a small tank with guppys and other livebearers he started a fishroom with 20 tanks which finally grow out to a 100 tank fishroom. During the last 20 years Fons is specialized in keeping, caring and breeding Discusfish. Over the years Fons breeded all kinds of fish, livebearers, killies, cichlids, and much more.

Takashi Amano has passed away at age of 61

August 6, 2015 – 11:35 am |
Takashi Amano 1954 - 2015

Takashi Amano, the famous aquariumscaper and nature aquarium artist has passed way at the age of 61 from pneumonia at his house in Niigata, Japan.
Takashi Amano (天野尚), born July 18, …

Lifespan of freshwater aquarium fishes

October 23, 2013 – 1:01 am | One Comment | 
lifespan of cichlids

The lifespan of most aquarium fish is much longer than most people expect. We made a list with the most common aquarium fishes.

Pet stingray called Steve Irwin puts owner in hospital just DAYS after he bought it

October 7, 2013 – 11:16 am |
Usually docile: Mr Hunt was moving his two newly-bought motoro stingrays (pictured) from a temporary tank to a new tank when 'Steve Irwin' lashed out and Mr Hunt was rushed to hospital

Usually docile: Mr Hunt was moving his two newly-bought motoro stingrays (pictured) from a temporary tank to a new tank when ‘Steve Irwin’ lashed out and Mr Hunt was rushed …

A New Species of South American Freshwater Pufferfish

September 13, 2013 – 12:53 pm |
New species of South American Pufferfish

Hello world!

Thousands of fish dying as 1,400 tons of molasses ooze into Honolulu harbor (Video)

September 13, 2013 – 12:41 pm |
News World news Hawaii Thousands of fish dying as 1,400 tons of molasses ooze into Honolulu harbor The state may fine the shipping company, Matson, for violating the Clean Water Act after it investigates Monday's spill Share 81 inShare2 Email Associated Press in Honolulu The Guardian, Thursday 12 September 2013 16.32 BST Jump to comments (12) Video by Hawaii News Now shows many fish scattered dead along the floor of the harbor while others stick their mouths out of the water for oxygen.

Thousands of fish have died in Honolulu waters after a leaky pipe caused 1,400 tons of molasses to ooze into the harbour and kill marine life, state officials said.
Hawaii department …

Testicle-eating fish is a myth, Scandinavian men can return to the water

August 15, 2013 – 3:08 pm |
Pacus look like piranhas, but mainly eat vegetables. Photo: PEDRO LUZ CUNHA/ALAMY

Danish male swimmers, you can go back into the water now.
The recent capture of a fish species off the coast of Denmark that is rumored to sometimes mistake human male …

Shipping Live Fish: Striking Images Reveal How Betta Fish Are Packaged And Delivered

August 15, 2013 – 9:02 am | 2 Comments | 

That betta fish you picked up at your local pet store may look pretty swell in its fishbowl, but ever wonder where it came from?
One Reddit user, who claims to …

New species of cave fish identified

August 14, 2013 – 2:58 pm |
A cave fish with a difference: Typhlerotris mararybe. Photograph: John S Sparks

Most of the 150 or so types of cave fish pale in comparison to a newly discovered species from an isolated karst sinkhole in south-western Madagascar. Fish living in perpetual …

In Colombia, turning coca farmers into breeders of ornamental fish

August 14, 2013 – 2:47 pm |
Amazon's International Trade President Alvaro Marles and Vice President Carlos Ramirez are shown near the company fish farm in Florencia, Colombia. The company expects to ship 20,000 arowana fish to Asia this year. (Chris Kraul / For The Times / August 11, 2013)

FLORENCIA, Colombia — The expansion of China’s middle class isn’t some abstract notion in this sweltering corner of Colombia’s Amazon River basin.
It’s driving a private-public partnership trying to steer the …

Rescuing the Pearl Gourami and other rare fish species

August 12, 2013 – 2:00 pm |
Fish hunt: It took three years of hard searching in Sumatra, Java and Kalimantan before Yunedi could find someone who could sell him a population of peral gourami, locally known as sepat mutiara, for his laboratory. Photo: Syofiardi Bachyul

The fish is only the size of two fingers and flat, with a bright silver abdomen and a dark back. A black horizontal line, extending from between the eyes to …

Men in Sweden warned after sighting of testicle-eating fish

August 11, 2013 – 8:22 pm |
Pacu, the testicle-eating fish

A small piranha-like fish with a fierce reputation has been found in European waters for the first time
It sounds like the plot to a low-budget horror movie but the discovery …

Rare seahorse habitat wiped out by boat anchors

July 20, 2013 – 7:49 pm |
A Spiny seahorse in Studland Bay Photo: Steve Trewhella /

Britain’s largest colony of precious seahorses has been wiped out after their habitat was destroyed by boat anchors.

Studland Bay in Dorset is the only place in the country that …

A new Corydoras from southern Brazil

July 13, 2013 – 11:51 am |
Corydoras lymnades Photo: © Tencatt et al.

A new species of Corydoras is described from the rio São Francisco basin in northeastern Brazil, Minas Gerais and Bahia States. The new species is distinguished from most of its …

Tiny octopus looks good enough to eat… but actually it’s one of artist’s incredible 3D paintings

July 11, 2013 – 9:31 am |
The only clue this terrapin is not real is the paint brush lying on the side of the bowl

With their gleaming scales and beautiful movement, these fish look like they could be plucked straight out of the water. A bucket seems to be filled with fast-moving goldfish, two …