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Caresheet: White Cloud Mountain Minnow

White Clouds are a unique fish. Although sold next to (and indeed physically similar to) the tropical tetras, they are actually a type of minnow able to withstand cold temperatures. Their docile nature and unique adaptability make them a great fish to keep in…

March 23, 2014
rosetail betta
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
brine shrimp
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
oranda goldfish
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
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
oranda goldfish
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
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Articles Stocking aquarium

Tips for stocking your aquarium!

Stocking an aquarium can be quite the challenge with all the beautiful specimens in the pet store and the amount of conflicting info online. Many aquarists end up with too many fish, fish they can’t properly care for or fish that just aren’t compatible.…

July 19, 2013
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Articles Fish disease

Quarantine tank 101 – What is a quarantine tank?

Although quarantining fish in a separate tank or tub whenever it’s needed can prevent disease from spreading in the main aquarium, it’s something that’s often forgotten or skipped by impatient fishkeepers. I started using quarantine tanks a while ago, and it has saved me…

June 8, 2013
marimo ball
Aquarium plants Articles Caresheets

Marimo balls: care & info

Aegagropila linnaei, better known to aquarists as Marimo or moss ball, is a type of algae that grows into green balls under certain conditions. They are popular as low-maintenance pets because of their interesting shape, bounciness and lack of need for special care, and…

May 13, 2013
dwarf crayfish
Articles Caresheets Invertebrates

Caresheet: Dwarf crayfish (Cambarellus genus)

Dwarf crayfish are small cousins of big crayfish species like the blue Procambarus alleni. Unlike most other crayfish, they are peaceful and suitable for some types of community. They belong to the genus Cambarellus, which contains quite a few different species, all with similar requirements…

April 20, 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