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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
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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
white spot disease
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
aquarium cooling methods
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
types of gourami
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