What are the best YouTube aquarium channels?
The internet has been great for the fishkeeping hobby, there’s no denying that. But, for me, one platform stands out above all the websites, forums, and social media communities—that is YouTube!
If you’re an aquarium hobbyist and you spend a lot of time online, then you’ve certainly heard of YouTubers like the King of DIY and Cory from Aquarium Co-op! They are awesome channels for sure.
But, in this article I want to highlight my favorite YouTube channels that have less than 50k subs!
Ryo’s channel has some super insightful looks at Japanese and Singaporean fish stores. He also has a great video where he visits his uncle and shows how rice fish are kept and bred in Japan.
In addition, he also shares updates about his own fish—he keeps some great angelfish together with an arowana, a nice achievement in my opinion!
To me, as an American, I love to get insights into fishkeeping in Asia because it helps to know how things are done over there. So many of my favorite strains of fish were produced in Asia—koi, goldfish, fancy bettas, and more recently, flowerhorns, are all thanks to the hard work, intelligence and dedication of Asian fish breeders.
So go ahead and follow Ryo on YouTube guys. Definitely one of the best YouTube aquarium channels, for sure. He produces the best English language content covering Japanese and Singaporean fishkeeping. Subscribe here.
Fish Story Aquarium & Rescue
Now this channel is a real gem! As you can tell from the title, it’s about a fish rescue center. The owner is located in Florida and has some huge tanks, huge ponds, and some reeeaaally huge fish to go in them!
Check out the video above where he rescues a red tailed cat, a shovel nose/red tail hybrid, and a really cool long nosed gar! Also, he is super knowledgeable and shares some really great nuggets of knowledge. For example, in the video linked above he explains that shovel nose / red tail hybrids are actually bred on food farms as they produce more meat and the ones that end up in the ornamental hobby are often runts or rejects from those fish farms. Fascinating, I think!
If you want to know what happens to those huge plecos that nobody has space for, or who takes in a predator like a giant clown knife, then give Fish Story Aquarium & Rescue a subscribe. You won’t regret it. For me, one of the best YouTube aquarium channels that is less well known at the point of writing.
Brian’s Fish Tanks
If you have any interest whatsoever in cichlids—especially Central Americans—then you really need to check out Brian’s channel. He keeps some monstrous cichlids. For example, he has a wild pair of umbees that despite getting on in age, are still spawning to this day!
But, it’s not just giants like umbees and haitiensis—he also keeps some of the mid-sized Central American cichlids like midas, trimacs, and he even has a beautiful 9.9 kamfa flowerhorn that has to be seen to be believed.