Since the withdrawal of the original cassette-based 'AquaTalks' and the availability of 'free-hire-to-Member-Societies' Videos and DVD, the Federation now makes these titles directly downloadable.
To view a title, simply click on the Title NUMBER at the head of each description.
(Note: Any on-screen instructions will be inoperative)
The symbols (G),(S) and (T) denote General, Specialist Interest and more Technical nature respectively. FRANKLIN'S FOOD FAYRE *
The symbol (TSS) denotes a Transcribed Slide Show rather than a 'movie'.
V18 FISHKEEPING THROUGH THE MILLENNIUM * (G)
Relive the excitement of this Weekend event by taking a tour through the Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and enjoy coverage of the Hagen Masters, British Open and all other entertaining activities. 37 minutes.
V19 HOME FURNISHED AQUARIUMS * (G)
Accompany Malcolm Goss as he tours around judging Hounslow Members home furnished aquariums. Will you agree with his verdicts? 54 minutes.
V20. CENTRAL AMERICAN CICHLIDS BY JOHN EGAN * (TSS)
As well as the title fish, his lecture also includes several Catfish, Characins and a few African (non Rift Valley) Cichlids. Recorded 'live' at the FBAS General Assembly in March 2003. 51 minutes.
V21. AQUARIUMS AROUND THE WORLD BY DICK MILLS * (G)
If you've ever wanted to visit exotic places abroad, especially the public aquariums, then this video provides an excellent opportunity to do just that. Dick Mills, who 'accidentally' came across ten aquariums whilst on holidays fortuitously had his video camera at the ready and has compiled this tour which includes European, American, Chinese, Malaysian and Australian venues plus an exotic Atlantic Island - there's a surprise 'non-fish' appearance at the conclusion. 62 minutes.
V22 MY TWENTY FAVOURITE FISH BY ALAN STEVENS * (G) (TSS)
We all know that Judges have their own personal preferences when it comes to fish, but asking Alan Stevens to narrow his choice down to twenty was a tall order - especially when you consider how many fish he must have seen in over forty years as a fishkeeper and the last twenty-four as a Judge. Typically, he saves announcing his actual 'favourite' until the last minute - these Judges, they always keep you waiting! Recorded 'live' at the FBAS General Assembly in Sept. 2003. 41 minutes.
V23 ATLANTIC FISHES AND FLOWERS * (G)
Apart from its aquarium (missing from Dick Mills' previous FBAS video) this perfect Atlantic island retreat, well patronised by British holiday makers, has other attractions - wonderful flowers that bloom all year round, picturesque villages, miles of walks amidst great scenery. Where else can you get a proper cup of tea after a sledge ride?
V24. AQUATIC SCULPTURES IN WOOD * (G) (TSS + live video)
If you've been around the Shows, especially in northern areas, you are bound to have come across some of Brian Walsh's marvellous wooden sculptures. Apart from appreciating the final result, you may have wondered how he goes about producing these masterpieces. This video reveals all - but there are one or two secrets that Brian won't divulge! Recorded 'live' at the Festival of Fishkeeping 2003. 51 minutes.
V25. UNDERSTANDING FISH HEALTH (G) (TSS + live video)
Follow the advice in this two part video by Aquarian's Dr Peter Burgess and you'll be able to sit back and enjoy all that is best in fishkeeping. Includes separate 'Question Time' session. Recorded 'live' at the Festival of Fishkeeping 2003.
V26. BASIC POND CARE * (G) (TSS + live video)
Capturing the needs of a pond throughout the entire year is the task Rupert Bridges of Tetra set himself in this video. Dealing with maintenance and advanced care for the pond, his advice will take much of the worry out of water gardening. Recorded 'live' at the Festival of Fishkeeping 2003. 50 minutes.
V27. FIREMOUTH AND OTHER THORICHTHYS * (G) (TSS)
The Firemouth has been an aquarium favourite for many years. Juan Miguel Artigas Azas has studied this fish and members of its genus, Thorichthys, in their mutually native home of Mexico for a long time. Mexico is a country of beautiful scenery - with just as attractive fishes. Recorded 'live' at the Festival of Fishkeeping 2003. 80 minutes.
V28 GOODEIDS OF MEXICO * (G) (TSS)
The family Goodeidae is naturally found in Mexico, so who better to describe the members of this unique group of livebearing fishes than another 'native', Juan Miguel Artigas Azas? Recorded 'live' at the Viviparous Society Convention at the Festival of Fishkeeping 2003. 78 minutes.
V29. AQUARAMA 2003 * (G)
Every two years, Singapore plays host to Aquarama presenting a shop window for South East Asia's top fish exporters and breeders. Visitors also get a chance to see fish farms and other Singaporean attractions such as the Chinese, Botanic and National Orchid Gardens. 48 minutes.
V30. NOT ONLY HOSTAS, BUT ALSO...... * (G) (TSS + live video)
The Hosta family is often thought to provide ideal pond-side 'furnishings.' However, Mike Shadrack disagrees but still includes some in this photgraphically stunning presentation of bog garden ideas. There are plenty of recommended water gardens for your Society to visit and, what everyone wants to hear, the solution to the perennial 'Hosta Slug Problem!' 39 minutes.
V31. MAINTAINING AQUATIC EQUIPMENT * (G)
Although extremely reliable, today's aquarium equipment may still need regular maintenance and occasional replacement parts to remain in optimum condition. Watch Hounslow members take a number of pieces equipment apart, clean and re-assemble. You can learn a lot by watching other people's 'hands-on' experiences! 64 minutes.
V32. FAR EASTERN DELIGHTS * (G) (TSS)
Who better to cast his eyes over the Goldfish in Hong Kong's Goldfish Pagoda and the shops in the Mong Kok area than Paul Denham of the Goldfish Society of Great Britain? He also visits fish farms, Singapore and its Sentosa Island before having a final rest in the Maldives! Running time: 64 minutes
V33. PONDS, PONDS, PONDS! * (G)
Hounslow's roving cameras take a look at a number of ponds, ranging from the small to the 'I wish I had room for that in my garden' size. See the different ideas that fishkeepers have come up with when adding 'water effect' to their gardens. 62 minutes.
V34 BRACKLESHAM - THE MOVIE * (G)
Relive all the excitement of the Festival of Fishkeeping 2004.
See how the Holiday Village is transformed into a spectacular aquatic event; watch how all the effort put into creating this annual weekend event makes it the success it is. 49 minutes
V.35 FISH FOODS & THE AQUARIUM ENVIRONMENT * (G)(TSS)
Tetra's Rupert Bridges explains not only how food affects the fishes' well-being but also how it can have knock-on effects upon the aquarium's environmental conditions. Recorded live at Festival of Fishkeeping 2004.
V.36 MAKING & REPAIRING ALL-GLASS AQUARIUMS * (G)
After an introductory lesson on glass-cutting, Eric Franklin, SPASS, demonstrates the art of dealing with those damaged tanks. No need to throw them away when you can repair them yourself. If you want to make a tank to fit a specific space, Eric shows how to build one from scratch. Recorded live at SPASS.
Running time: 75 minutes
V.37 30 YEARS OF AQUARIAN * (G)(TSS)
Can you believe at one time there wasn't AQUARIAN fish food?
How it came about and its subsequent history in becoming established worldwide is the subject of this video, narrated by the man who should know - Dr David Ford, who invented the food in the first place!
Recorded live at Festival of Fishkeeping 2005.
Running time: 46 minutes
V.38 NEW TREND OF MALAYSIA DISCUS *(T) (TSS)
With the number of colour strains increasing almost daily, it needs an expert to guide us through the subtleties of colours and patternings. Jeffery Tan, in his capacity as President of the Discus Society of Malaysia fits the bill exactly.
Recorded live at Festival of Fishkeeping 2005. Running time: 33 minutes
What's on a fish's menu? From the tiniest fry to the largest Koi, Eric Franklin gives you guidance to the correct food for all stages of a fish's development. Recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S.
Running time: 61 minutes
V.40 DISCUS - MY WAY *
David Lim has been breeding Discus since he was 10. In this straight-to-camera video his frankness in imparting his knowledge to his audience may surprise many people. Recorded live at Festival of Fishkeeping 2005.
Running time: 78 minutes
V.41 FOOD QUALITY *
Tetra's Rupert Bridges explains how it's not just the ingredients that make a successful food - there's a whole lot more to be considered than just whether the fish like it! Recorded 'live' at Festival of Fishkeeping 2005.
V.42 TANKS YOU WON'T SEE IN DENTISTS' WAITING ROOMS *
Martin Lakin dissects some superb marine aquariums. When you consider some extra rooms in the house are even involved you'll appreciate the title a little more.
Recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S.
V43 GO DUTCH WITH STROOD *
Visit some of the best aquarium shops and importers in Holland without leaving the comfort of your own armchair, with members of Strood & D.A.S.
V.44 AMAZONIA *
Heiko Bleher takes you into deepest Amazonia and describes the true haunts of Discus, Indians, exotic fauna and, of course, fishes! Recorded live at the 2005 Festival of Fishkeeping.89 minutes
V45 AN AMERICAN'S VIEW OF LIVEBEARERS *
It's not often we get the opportunity to hear an overseas point of view about fishkeeping.
From the U.S.A., Bob Cashin looks at the natural livebearers from his homeland.
Recorded Live at Bristol T.F.C. 75 minutes
V46 AQUATIC PLANTS *
If you don't know a Cryptocoryne
from an Aponogeton
or the difference between hardy and tropical water lilies, then this presentation by Malcolm Goss on aquatic plants for the pond and aquarium will soon put you right.
Recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S. 65 minutes
V.47 AQUARAMA 2005 *
Each Aquarama has innovations. In 2005, in came marines and International Siamese Fighting Fish Classes.
In addition to the Aquatic Show, visitors can also take a tour of Fish Farms to see the upcoming aquatic trends. 41 Minutes
V48 BRINGING IN THE FISH *
Another fish-collecting trip to Holland. Graham Robb of Chenies Aquatics offers a different perspective of things. See if you could think the logistics out as clearly and carry out the operation as efficiently.
V.49 FESTIVAL OF FISHKEEPING 2005 *
A move of venue to Hayling Island could not impair the attraction of this annual aquatic weekend event which you can relive through this video.
Amongst the innovative inclusions for the 2005 Show was an International Discus Show featuring fabulous fish from around the world.
Heiko Bleher was top Guest Speaker in a packed programme. 48 minutes
V.50 FISH SENSES *
Rupert Bridges, of Tetra, explains the range of senses fish have at their disposal, and how they use them.
Recorded live at the 2006 Festival of Fishkeeping. 40 minutes
V.51 A FISH HOUSE FROM SCRATCH *
Peter Quested, of Hounslow & D.A.S., describes how the idea of a fish house actually became reality. Later, in a live video recording, Peter later escorts you around his fish house to view his progress as a breeder.
Recorded live at a regular Hounslow meeting. 40 minutes
V.52 AQUARAMA 2007 *
This programme includes coverage of the 2007 Aquarama event which includes a Freshwater Furnished Aquarium Competition in addition to the usual Aquatic Competitive Classes. A highlight is seeing developing Dragon Fish young.
Fortunately, you can view this from the comfort of your local Club and not have to 'suffer' a 12 hour flight or heat and humidity! 46 minutes
V53 FAVOURITE FISH HOUSES AND FISHES *
Ken Wrightson, of Ilford & D A and P.S., spins a good yarn especially when he gets on his favourite subjects of fish houses and fishes he has bred. This lengthy programme should become required viewing for those wishing to learn from a lifetime of fishkeeping experiences. 76 Minutes
V.54 BREEDING Bettas MY WAY *
If you don't know your 'Half Moon' from your Plackat, then Ray Brown, of Corby & D.A.S., will put you right. As a Betta splendens
breeder of many years, the new varieties (and their breeding potentials) are de-mystified in this worthwhile programme. Recorded live at the ASAS Show 2007. 49 minutes
V.55 FESTIVAL of FISHKEEPING 2006 *
If you didn't manage to get there, then here's what you missed.
All the drama of setting up under monsoon conditions certainly, but it all had a happy ending eventually as aquarists packed Mill Rythe Holiday Village to enjoy their yearly party. 47 minutes
V.56 WORLD OF CICHLIDS *
'The Good, Bad and the Ugly' might be one way of summarising this family of fishes, but Ian Glaubes' presentation uncovers far more information.
The geographic distribution, aquarium suitability (or not!) and breeding details are all here. Recorded live at Hounslow & District A.S. 76 minutes
V57 KEN WRIGHTSON'S BREEDING FISH *
Ken Wrightson returns to share his expert experiences with breeding fishes in the aquarium, notably Angel Fish, Discus, Rainbowfish and Killies.
As informative as it is entertaining. Recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S. 66 minutes
V58 BREEDING GOLDFISH *
Eric Franklin is a renowned expert at breeding Goldfish, especially London Shubunkins. Here's an opportunity to learn from someone who really knows his stuff. Recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S 64 minutes
V.59 FESTIVAL of FISHKEEPING 2005 & 2006 *
This two programme DVD relives the first two Festivals at Hayling Island's Mill Rythe Holiday Village. 95 minutes
V.60 AQUARAMA 2009 *
If it's an odd-numbered year, then it's Aquarama in Singapore and whenever possible we like to bring you an armchair visit.
'New hardware' may have been hard to find this time but the fish are always interesting. 44 minutes
V.61 A DIFFERENT VIEW ON FURNISHED AQUARIUMS *
Pete Anderson, the inspiration behind the 'public-judged' Furnished Aquarium Competition at the annual Festival of Fishkeeping weekends, invites you to look at furnished aquariums in a slightly more uninhibited way.
Recorded live at Ilford A & P S. 74 minutes
V.62 KILLIFISHES OF BRAZIL'S ATLANTIC FORESTS *
Professor Wilson Costa presents a feature on the sadly-declining Rivulid species of the Atlantic coastal forest regions of Brazil. This could be your last chance to see some of these fantastically-coloured fishes due to deforestation and urbanisation. Recorded live at the Zoological Society of London, courtesy of the British Killifish Association.
V.63 MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR FRESHWATER SPECIES AT ZSL*
If you've ever wondered at the comparison between keeping fish in a Public Aquarium and the home aquarium, then this short presentation by Alex Cliffe of London Zoo Aquarium, will answer any of your questions.
Learn how endangered species are both maintained and sustained. Recorded live at the Zoological Society of London, courtesy of the British Killifish Association. 31 minutes
V.64 DANIOS AND DEVARIOS *
If you haven't read the book, then here's the next best opportunity to learn about keeping and breeding Danios, Devarios (and their close relatives) from a real expert. Pete Cottle doesn't just keep them, he goes out and catches them first before bringing them back to breed! 68 minutes
V.65 BREEDING FISH, MY WAY *
Learn from the expert! Bracknell's Terry Hewitt has very many Show honours to his name with almost as many Breeders' Team awards as Best in Shows and Championship Trophies. In this 'An evening with ...' recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S., Terry lets you into the secrets of his breeding successes. 78 minutes
V.66 AN INTRODUCTION TO MARINES *
Thinking of dipping your toes into a saltwater aquarium? Nigel Williams, from the West London Reef Club outlines the basics and says there are more rewards than pitfalls. Recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S. 68 minutes
V.67 RAINBOWFISHES *
At one time it was just a question of was it a Madagascar, Celebes or Australian? In this comprehensive survey, Roger Sleet, of Orinoco Aquatics, shows you just how wide the selection is today. Recorded live at Hounslow & D.A.S.
V68 SEAHORSES by Samantha Guillaume, ZSL.*
Seahorses seem to be irresistible to aquarists and Chinese medical supply manufacturers alike.
With it being illegal to remove native species from the wild, learning how ichthyologist at the Zoological Society of London's famous Aquarium are progressing in their captive breeding programme makes for an absorbing presentation. 55 mins.
V.69 CANAM AQUARIUMS *
) Three popular public aquariums.
The fact that these three venues are Toronto, Chicago and Long Beach should whet your appetite for exotic travel too! See how designs change over the years - and pick your favourite. 1 hour 40 minutes
V.70 FESTIVAL OF FISHKEEPING 2013 *
) You can almost get closer to planes than fish at the Hounslow Urban Farm, venue for the 2013 Festival of Fishkeeping. In this short programme, see what's involved in putting on this major aquatic event - and who won the top prizes. 20 minutes
V.71 DORSET WATER LILY FARM *
) Step into the unusual (almost heatless) culture methods of hardy Water-lilies in the depths of temperate Yeovil. See what can be done with patience, a lot of knowledge and sheer dirty work!
Last updated December, 2021