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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
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
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
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
Articles Fish disease

Treating ich (white spot disease)

Ich, also known as white spot disease or ick, is a very common fish disease that almost every aquarist will unfortunately encounter sooner or later. If there are white spots on your fish, you might be dealing with ich as well.  Keep reading for everything…

August 14, 2016
Articles Fish food Guest posts

A guide to culturing Grindal Worms

Grindal worms are small white relatives of earthworms. They are small, healthy, and best of all, live food that appeal to a wide variety of aquatic fish like Angelfish or invertebrates like Red Cherry Shrimp. They are also a more nutritious option versus something…

July 11, 2016
Articles Water quality

6 best aquarium cooling methods

During the hot summer months, the temperature in your aquarium can increase quickly. When the thermometer starts to rise, oxygen levels in your tank drop and fish can become overheated. If you’re finding them gasping at the surface it’s definitely time to start cooling your…

June 13, 2016
Articles Stocking aquarium

Gourami 101 | Gourami fish types & info!

Gouramis are one of the most popular aquarium fish species, and for good reason! These Anabantoids (closely related to bettas) are a great choice for the top water layer of a peaceful community aquarium with their interesting behavior and often striking colors. There are…

May 9, 2016
Articles Caresheets Guest posts

Caresheet: Swordtail | Xiphophorus hellerii

A jewel in the freshwater community tanks, the swordtail brings an energetic aura into their aquarium. Their quick movements and ease of care make them easily one of the best freshwater community fish. Keep reading for everything you need to know about swordtail care…

May 1, 2016
Articles Fish food Guest posts

Culture Daphnia for Live food

Daphnia, commonly known as water fleas, are an excellent food source for juvenile and adult fish. They are easy to culture and take very little maintenance to keep a colony going. Harvesting is very simple as well as they are a fully aquatic live…

April 17, 2016
Aquarium plants Articles

7 fast growing aquarium plants!

There are plenty of reasons to want to go for fast growing live plants in your aquarium. Some fish love to nibble on plants, so it’s a great idea to grow them separately to add some variety to their diet. Fast growers compete with…

April 10, 2016
Articles Stocking aquarium

7 Easy coldwater aquarium fish

Most fish sold in pet- and aquarium stores come from tropical regions and require a heated aquarium. If you’re interested in setting up an unheated aquarium, though, you may be surprised to hear which popular “tropical” fish are actually sub-tropical and appreciate lower temperatures!…

March 27, 2016
Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Clown Loach | Chromobotia macracanthus

Juvenile clown loaches can be found for sale in almost any aquarium store. Their bright stripes and snail eating capabilities make them a popular beginner choice, but they are actually on the list of the 8 worst beginner aquarium fish due to their adult…

March 20, 2016
Articles Invertebrates

Dwarf shrimp care | Keeping Neocaridina & Caridina

Although an aquarium dedicated to something as seemingly boring as tiny shrimp may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the (dwarf) shrimp hobby is growing fast. Knowledge about their existence and care is spreading and exciting color varieties are being developed. More and more aquarists…

February 14, 2016