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Fishkeeping in 1856

I read this book a while ago when the lovely Goldfishgal posted about it. This has got to be one of the most interesting books about fishkeeping and aquariums I’ve read in a long time! It was written in the 1850s and gives an interesting glimpse…

April 4, 2013
Articles Fish disease

How to check aquarium fish for parasites

If you’re worried your fish has parasites or just want to make absolutely sure that new fish you have in your quarantine tank isn’t carrying any creepy things that could harm its future tankmates, your best bet is to check for parasites with a…

March 3, 2013
aquarium biologische filtratie
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
Java moss
Aquarium plants Articles

8 easy aquarium plants

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner without much experience when it comes to planted tanks or an expert who’s looking for green without having to worry about dying plants and CO2 installations – everyone needs hardy, easy to care for plants sometimes. They…

February 8, 2013
gel fish food
Articles DIY Fish food Goldfish

Homemade fish food!

If you’re done with regular commercial pellets or need to cut your aquarium spending, keep reading! Gel food is a great alternative to the fish food sold in pet- and aquarium stores, and it’s cheap and very easy to make too. It’s already very popular…

February 3, 2013
My tanks

My visit to a HQ Goldfish importer!

After setting up my new aquarium, I really wanted a new telescope eye. However, I didn’t want to support any chain pet stores any more and wasn’t too sure where else I could get one until I stumbled upon the site of HQ Goldfish, a…

January 29, 2013
labyrinth organ
Articles Betta Guest posts

What is the labyrinth organ?

I’m happy to announce we’re having a guest poster today. Izzy the Fish Girl from Sitting by the Koi Pond has written an article about the labyrinth organ for us – a must-read for any Betta or Gourami fan. Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) are some…

January 26, 2013
caridina multidentata
Articles Caresheets Invertebrates

Caresheet: Amano shrimp | Caridina multidentata

Say hello to a long-time aquascaper favourite! With their exceptional cleaning skills, peaceful nature and interesting appearance, Amano shrimp make a great addition to the peaceful tropical community tank. Name Caridina multidentata (also sometimes Caridina japonica), Amano shrimp, Japonica shrimp, Yamato shrimp, Algae Eating…

January 24, 2013
Other Photography

Sea Life Oberhausen – photos!

There’s something about aquariums like Sea Life that makes everyone feel like a little kid again, running from tank to tank to try and spot all the fish in there – I am no exception. Decided it was time to get that feeling back…

January 20, 2013
goldfish bowl
Articles Goldfish

Why goldfish bowls should be banned

The ever-popular goldfish in a bowl has been part of children’s ‘first pet-experience’ for years. I had one. You probably had one. Your friends had one. My friends had one. Until it died of course, which usually happened within a month or two. Sad,…

January 13, 2013
betta splendens
Articles Betta Caresheets

Caresheet: Betta | Betta splendens

Bettas are a long-time favourite of many fishkeepers: betta shows are held all over the world and there are many hobbyist breeders. Available in many colors and fin shapes, it’s no wonder this little insect eating fish with a history is one of the…

January 6, 2013
oranda goldfish
Articles Goldfish

How to goldfish-proof your aquarium

If you’re used to peaceful tropical community or shrimp tanks, switching to (fancy) goldfish is a big step. Not just because goldfish are coldwater fish that require big tanks (for more info on why bowls and small tanks are bad, check out this article) and very…

January 5, 2013
kissing gourami
Articles Stocking aquarium

The 8 worst beginner fish

A lot of the most popular fish available in pet- and aquarium stores are surprisingly bad choices for beginners, and some of the least noticed species are actually very easy to care for. This can get very confusing, especially with most stores not being…

January 1, 2013
carinotetraodon travancoricus
Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Dwarf Puffer | Carinotetraodon travancoricus

Dwarf puffers may not be the best fish for a community aquarium, but their interesting behaviour and adorable looks make setting up a special tank more than worth it! Name Carinotetraodon travancoricus, Dwarf Puffer, Dwarf Indian Puffer, Malabar Pufferfish Dwarf puffer natural habitat Dwarf…

December 29, 2012
planted aquarium
Aquarium plants Articles

Aquarium plants: pros and cons!

When choosing what kind of decorations you want for an aquarium, one of the first things you’re confronted with is whether or not you want a planted tank. Live aquarium plants can look beautiful, but a lot of aquarists are slightly intimidated by the…

December 27, 2012