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Articles Water quality

How to clean an aquarium filter

After setting up your aquarium and succesfully getting everything up and running, it can be easy to forget to do regular maintenance. Weekly water changes are something most aquarists will remember to do, but there’s more to keeping your aquarium healthy: don’t forget to pay…

August 2, 2016
aquarium filter material
Articles Water quality

Cheap & DIY aquarium filter media alternatives!

I recently bought a large used canister filter (review soon!). Unfortunately, it came without any filter media. As ‘branded’ filter media can quickly become very expensive, I decided to go for the more DIY & budget route which worked out quite well. If you’re…

May 22, 2016
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Articles Water quality

How aquarium filters work

Proper filtration is, as most aquarists know, necessary to keep the aquarium water clean and fish healthy. The definition of “proper filtration” varies depending on factors like water volume, the amount of fish, how much water is changed every week and the amount of…

February 23, 2013
Fish food Guest posts

How to set up a blackworm culture

Live worms are one of the most nutritious foods for small to medium sized fish, and are accepted by all but the pickiest. They are rich in proteins, fats and vitamins, which makes them an excellent food for both encouraging breeding and growing fry. There are…

February 12, 2018
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Caresheets Invertebrates

Caresheet: Black devil snail | Faunus ater

Tired of searching for an aquarium snail that doesn’t produce babies by the hundreds? Nervous about Sulawesi snail care requirements? The solution is here. Faunus ater, also known as the black devil snail, is a large aquarium snail that doesn’t reproduce in freshwater. Also,…

December 12, 2017
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Aquarium plants Reviews

Review: Glass aquarium plant cup!

What’s an aquarium plant cup? As you can see in the photo above, an aquarium plant cup is exactly what the name suggests. These little planters have suction cups that allow you to place them anywhere in the aquarium. That means they’re a great…

November 28, 2017
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Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Amazon puffer | Colomesus asellus

Pufferfish are what we refer to as ‘oddballs’ in the aquarium hobby: they don’t fall into any of the regular fish categories. Colomesus asellus, also known as the Amazon puffer, is even more of an oddball than other puffers. Unlike its very aggressive cousins,…

July 9, 2017
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Articles Brackish Caresheets

Caresheet: Molly fish | Poecilia sphenops

Poecilia sphenops, also known as mollies, are one of the most popular aquarium fish species. These livebearers are available in many different colors and patterns and are sure to add a fun note to your aquarium. They make an easy breeding project and also…

June 25, 2017
african dwarf frog care
Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: African dwarf frog | Hymenochirus genus

African dwarf frogs from the Hymenochirus genus are a small frog species. Their small size and silly looks have made them popular in the aquarium hobby, but unfortunately there is still a lot of misinformation out there about their requirements. African dwarf frog care…

April 16, 2017
atyopsis moluccensis
Caresheets Invertebrates

Caresheet: Bamboo shrimp | Atyopsis moluccensis

The filter feeding Atyopsis moluccensis is one of the most interesting aquarium shrimp available in the hobby, courtesy of its unusual feeding method. Unlike most of their cousins, bamboo shrimp are not bottom feeders: they use fan-like appendages to filter particles out of the water.…

March 19, 2017
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Articles Invertebrates Stocking aquarium

5 Freshwater crabs for the aquarium

When it comes to invertebrates, many aquarists immediately think of shrimp or crayfish. However, there’s another group of fascinating inverts that can be kept in aquariums: crabs! Unfortunately there is still a lot of misinformation out there about these clawed critters. Many brackish crab…

January 29, 2017