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Update For Our T&T Customers

Due to the ongoing pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago and that borders are still currently closed, this has resulted in the delays of imports.

We appreciate you all reaching out to us and please continue to do so, however due to this circumstance we are temporarily unable to replenish stock of certain exotics. As a result, you may already begin to observe this being reflected on our site via the stock status on the fishes you are looking at.

With regards to the existing stock, as usual, online orders will continue to be fulfilled as a first come first serve basis via orders placed here on our site whilst stock last.

However do not despair, this time has not been wasted, there are great things to come from us here @ Ish Tropicals once the country recovers and things normalize.

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Treating Ich on Freshwater Fishes

Ich is an external parasite which manifests itself on the body, fins and gills of fishes in the form of tiny small white spots. It may be similar as if the body of the fish is covered with sugar.

Fishes afflicted with this disease are highly contagious and should a single fish be infected, the entire tank should be quarantined immediately. All nets and equipment that has made contact with this water should be sterilized immediately to prevent spread to your other tanks. If left untreated it can be fatal.

Ich Characteristics include:

  • White spots covering the body.
  • Highly contagious.
  • Untreated can cause death.
  • Manifests usually when fishes are stressed and weak.

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Raising tank temperature. We have observed that 32 degrees celcius is effective.
  • Treat water with salt.
  • Ensure there is circulation.
  • Perform frequent water changes.
  • Ich Medication (Azoo).

Check out this clip on identifying and treating Ich.

Source: Prime Time Aquatics

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Top Fishes For Your Community Tank

A community tank is one in which there is little to no aggressiveness displayed from the various species, resulting in an overall peaceful tank.

Here are some our picks for creating a beautiful exotic community fish tank from as little as 20 gallon tanks.

  • Loaches
  • Exotic Plecos
  • Apistogramas
  • Bettas
Yo-Yo Loach @ Ish Tropicals
  • Exotic Guppies
  • Rams
  • Tetras
  • Platies and Mollies
Red Tail Black Shark @ Ish Tropicals

We found the following video which offers great alternatives and supports our views. Check it out below.

Source: KG Tropicals

What do you guys think? Send us your suggestions if you would like to amend our above list.

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All Male African Peacocks

An all male African peacock tank is the ultimate desire of most aulonocara fans . The splendor and excitement of the blazing colours in possessing an assortment of different colours is a sight to behold . Once you have blessed your eyes on seeing such a tank, it immediately impacts on your already driven passion to work towards having a tank filled with mentioned peacocks .

In order to work towards such a rewardable objective, you have to consider the following basic things:

  • Tank Size.
  • Water Quality.
  • Filtration
  • Aeration.
  • Rocky Formations.

It is a well known fact that Aulonocara peacocks are one of the least aggressive cichlids in their category. what is important to is that they tend to show aggression towards similar colour variations. So it may be prudent to source distinct colors as much as possible .

O.B Peacocks.

Tank Size

Your tank size may allow you the privilege to have more fishes of similar colors as they will have more space to escape belligerent behavior from some fishes.

The rocks provides refuge and the size of tank enables escape. Since there is no competition for females that element for aggression is out. I have managed more than fifty peacocks in a six feet tank ( 6 x 18 x 18 ) . I placed them in the tank at the size of 2.5 ” and very quickly a sort of hierarchy order is established. From then on you have a tank with a well managed aggression issue .

Please don’t be tempted to over stock you tank with small size fishes as they grow pretty fast when well treated and you end up in a position of too many fishes some months later as they grow. Be careful about the what they say about more more fishes less aggression which is somewhat true but you certainly don’t want an over crowded tank.

Best tank sizes for us are the regular 4 feet and six feet sizes. Peacocks love to swim about and they require sufficient room to do so . They are territorial and tend to have control of certain areas of the tank.

Water Quality

Water quality is fundamental importance as in all aquariums . It is best to have regular partial water changes to maintain optimum water quality. . You must ensure also that aeration is sufficient and there is not too strong a current flow.


This function in your aquarium is what sustains the quality of life of all your fishes . Regular checks to your top filter or sump is a must. Ensure you have good filter media so bacteria can populate and deal with the ammonia issues in an efficient manner .


  • Moderate is better.
  • Once a day is good.
  • Twice a day is possible but ensure you don’t over feed.
  • High protein may not be a good idea.
  • Offer a balanced plant and animal protein diet for best health.

Here are some good guidelines by Kaveman Aquatics.

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An Amazing Transformation: Ryan’s Red Dragon

A great day to all our clients, hobbyists and enthusiasts. We just had to share with you all what we have to say is an exceptional demonstration of Growth, Development and Care of a Red Dragon Flowerhorn purchased @ Ish Tropicals by a very good client of ours about 8 – 9 months ago.



The following are some details this young and talented hobbyist shared with us on how he performed this transformation.

DietHikari Cichlid Gold. A high protein diet.
TankBasic 40 Gallon Breeder tank.
Good food, regular water changes and good filtration.
Client Comments

Very fun and interactive fish. Very aggressive but you can pet him lol

R. Mussio
An Amazing Dragon From A Talented Hobbyist.

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