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Redfish Magazine is a a free digital magazine for freshwater and marine fishkeepers produced monthly with separate editions for American, European and Australasian regions. It is distributed exclusively over the internet in digital form, free of charge. Redfish features dedicated sections for tropical, marine, cold water and pond hobbyists.

Redfish is a free-to-read magazine for fishkeeping enthusiasts. At Redfish we believe in the free exchange of information to facilitate success by aquarium and pond hobbyists. Each month Redfish Magazine will bring you dedicated sections on tropical, cold water, marine and ponds.

Redfish was founded in early 2011 by Jessica Drake, Nicole Sawyer, Julian Corlet and David Midgley

The magazine is laid out beautifully in an up to date contemporary style and articles are illustrated throughout with striking colour photographs.

Issue 1 - July 2011

The articles themselves are of a generally high standard and have so far covered such diverse subjects as Guppies, corals, spawning clownfish, The history of goldfish, Aquarium basics (a 3 part series) and aquascaping. There is something for everyone here and every article is worth reading even if it outside your main areas of interest. The articles vary at the level they are pitched at with some for those just starting out in the hobby and others for readers with a bit more experience. All are eminently readable and enjoyable.

Redfish Magazine is available for downloading in pdf format so can be viewed on any PC or Mac with a free pdf viewer installed. (Which effectively means them all)

Redfish Magazine is informative, entertaining, beautiful to look at and simple to obtain.The bold decision to make it free means it rates a well-deserved 5 stars.


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The University of Miami runs an annual competition for best underwater photograph. This year’s winner is of a pair of gobies (I don’t know the species) taken by Tobias Friedrich from Germany. Tobias photographed the fish in the Red Sea at MarsaAlam, Egypt. The rest of the entries, plus those from previous years can be seen here.


Tobias Friedrich, Germany Two gobies – MarsaAlam, Egypt

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2010. That’s about 20 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 97 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 110 posts. There were 156 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 27mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 15th with 144 views. The most popular post that day was Links

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were faircityaquaristsociety.co.uk, tropicalfish.site5.com, corydorasworld.com, mail.live.com, and planetcatfish.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for pelvicachromis subocellatus, fair city aquarist society, fair city aquarists, nannacara anomala, and corydoras urucu.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

  1. Links December 2009
  2. Diary December 2009
  3. Table Shows December 2009
  4. Top Ten – worst beginner’s fish March 2010
  5. Dwarf gourami – Trichogaster lalius April 2010


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As promised I had a go at making one of the paper models from the web page featured in this post. And here it is in all its glory!

Corydoras origami

Corydoras origami

Not a bad effort. It’s a bit fiddly with my chunky fingers and I only had a Pritt Stick for glue but all-in-all I think it isn’t too shabby. Quite realistic also – it’s supposed to be a Corydoras adolfoi. My only quibble is perhaps the dorsal fin is a little large but it’s still a good likeness.

Why don’t you give it a go yourself?

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Corydoras Paper models

Some rather nice paper models of corydoras are available for free download from the “I love corydoras” web site here.

Click on the numbers in the top right to get the instructions. I’ll post a picture when I get some glue and make one!

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PlanetCatfish has been the leading source of catfish information on the internet for many years and continues to provide a huge amount of valuable data for no cost. Run by Julian Dignal (Jools) it has a deserved reputation for accuracy and excellence. (more…)

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