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Takashi Omika's Step Up Aquarium

Once you start an aquarium, you'll notice that you can keep a variety of fish and aquatic creatures. However, for beginners, they may not be able to take the next step because they do not know what species to choose or how to care for them. So, Omika, a writer with over 40 years of aquarium experience who is active in aquarium magazines and books, has picked out some recommended creatures! We will focus on slightly unusual species with unique colors, shapes, and ecology, and dig deeper into the key points of breeding and recommended breeding goods. Now, let's find the animal you want to keep next!

Photos and text: Takashi Omika
Omika Takashi

Born in Tochigi Prefecture. He graduated from Meiji University.
Fascinated by tropical fish since childhood, he worked in the editorial department of Monthly Aqualife (MPG), a magazine specializing in ornamental fish. After becoming independent, she worked as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. While working on ``Monthly Aqua Life'' and ``Flower and Green Walker Aquarium PLUS'' (Kadokawa ASCII Research Institute), she also conducts fieldwork overseas, mainly in Southeast Asia. Recent publications and editors include “Introduction and Breeding Explanation of 164 Betta Breeds”, “Betta & Gourami His Labyrinth Fish Breeding Illustrated Guide”, “Book of Living with Leopard Geckos” (both published by MPG), “Betta2020”, “World Plants Report ex JAPAN” (both published) Fantasy World) and many more.

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