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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
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
easy aquarium plants
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 food fish
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
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
goldfish bowl bad
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
goldfish aquarium
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