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Articles Setting up an aquarium

Choosing an aquarium substrate

There are many types of aquarium substrate to choose from nowadays; substrate choices range from neon colored gravel to all natural looking sand types. The substrate is an important place for beneficial bacteria to grow but choosing the right type can be a bit…

February 8, 2015
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Articles Other

Fishkeeping on a budget

Aquarium keeping is a notoriously expensive hobby. Contrary to what some beginners think, you don’t just need a fish tank to get started – you also need a filter, heater, substrate, fish food, water conditioner, a backup fund for medication and endless other small…

January 11, 2015
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Articles Stocking aquarium

9 Peaceful community fish!

Setting up and stocking a tropical community aquarium can be a challenge. All fish have different temperaments, and combining the wrong ones can be quite disastrous. If you want to prevent fin nipping, chasing behavior and even fish deaths, it can be a great…

December 5, 2014
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Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Red-chinned Panchax | Epiplatys dageti

If you’ve never kept killifish before but are still looking for an interesting group fish for a community- or species only aquarium, you’ve found it! These fish are a great place to start: they’re suitable for most communities and easy to breed, and their…

October 25, 2014
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Aquarium plants Articles

6 easy coldwater aquarium plants

When it comes to unheated or coldwater aquariums, most aquarists only think of goldfish setups. However, there are actually many options for low-tech tanks that don’t even require a heater. Popular dwarf shrimp like cherry shrimp can actually be kept in unheated aquariums, and the…

September 20, 2014
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Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Kuhli loach | Pangio kuhlii

Kuhli loaches are one of my personal favorite tropical aquarium fish species, and for a good reason! They are peaceful, fun to watch and easy to keep, which means they’re a great choice for beginners and experienced aquarists. Name Pangio kuhlii, Kuhli loach, Coolie loach…

August 20, 2014
Aquarium pests Articles Invertebrates

Removing snails from your aquarium

Snails can make a helpful aquarium cleaning crew and some are very interesting to watch. However, this unfortunately does not apply to all aquatic snail varieties. We all know the scenario; it starts with a single tiny snail that hitchhiked into your tank somehow, and suddenly…

July 30, 2014
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Articles Stocking aquarium

Nano fish for small tanks

If you have a small aquarium, it can be pretty hard to find the right fish to stock it with. Most of the popular choices for smaller tanks – pygmy corydoras, dwarf puffers, clown killifish – should still be kept in at least around 10…

June 21, 2014
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Articles Water quality

Indian Almond Leaves | How and when to use them!

If you’re an aquarist, you’ve probably heard of Indian almond leaves (also known as Catappa leaves). These leaves of the Terminalia catappa tree are especially popular in the betta and shrimp hobby as a natural medicine and water conditioner. They are said to help…

June 1, 2014
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Articles Invertebrates

Aquarium snails you DO want in your tank!

Aquarium snails are pretty underappreciated and underrepresented on most aquarium websites. They’re usually seen as pests instead of an actual addition to your aquarium, which is a shame as there are tons of beautiful species available. Not all of them reproduce quickly, and most…

April 2, 2014
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Articles Betta

Rosetail betta – the downside of beauty

I’ve been seeing a lot of extreme rosetail and feathertail bettas on Aquabid lately – and a lot of people admiring them on other websites like Tumblr. Their peacock-like tails make them beautiful fish to see, but at what cost? A lot of rosetail/feathertail…

February 9, 2014
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Articles DIY Fish food

Alternative fish food!

There are many reasons to want to lessen your use of regular fish foods like pellets and flakes. A lot of the varieties available in aquarium stores are not of the quality we’d like them to be, especially in flake foods. They are also…

January 22, 2014
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Aquarium pests Articles Other

Damselfly larvae. Ew!

While I was doing a water change on the goldfish tub a few days ago, I realized I should probably clean the sponge in the filter, as I hadn’t properly done that since I took the goldies back inside. So I opened the filter,…

November 25, 2013
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Articles Stocking aquarium

Fish with personality

When thinking of fishkeeping, many people think of tropical community tanks: peaceful, colorful and beautiful, but – admittedly – not always too exciting. This has lead to the idea that fishkeeping is a bit of a ‘boring’ hobby sometimes, and that keeping fish is…

October 18, 2013
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Articles Photography

Aquarium photography tips!

I’ve been getting quite a few questions lately about aquarium photography – taking photos of your fish can be pretty tricky, which leads many people to think that you absolutely have to own an expensive DSLR camera to even attempt it. Luckily, this is…

September 15, 2013
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Articles Goldfish

Types of goldfish

Although knowledge on (fancy) goldfish is slowly spreading, there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to their identification and requirements. Many people still think they can be kept in bowls (which is not the case) and they are frequently mislabeled in…

July 29, 2013