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Feeding goldfish

Feeding (fancy) goldfish seems simple: you buy some fish flakes and you’re all set, right? As with many things in the aquarium world, it’s unfortunately a little more complicated. Traditional fish flakes, while marketed as such, are almost never suitable goldfish food. They usually contain…

December 22, 2014
Or try to eat your hand altogether!
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How to hand feed your fish!

Teaching your (gold)fish to eat from your hand is not only possible; it’s also a fun experience and it can be very helpful for your fish to be used to your hands, for example when you need to examine possible injuries. It just takes…

December 12, 2014
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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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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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The Shrimp Farm Marimo ball giveaway!

This giveaway has ended. Thanks so much for participating everyone! Don’t forget to subscribe so you won’t miss any future giveaways. You can buy a Marimo ball online on sites like Amazon! Because the Aquariadise article on Marimo balls has been so popular ever since I…

October 9, 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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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
Malaysian trumpet snails are one of the species that can completely overrun an aquarium.
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Removing snails from your aquarium

Like many other aquarists, I’m a big fan of some species of aquarium snails. They can make a helpful cleaning crew and some are very interesting to watch. However, this unfortunately does not apply to all aquarium snail varieties. We all know the scenario; it…

July 30, 2014
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Inspiration: Goldielopes!

This one’s for all the goldfish lovers out there. One of my favorite artists on Tumblr, Charli, recently came up with a wonderful new concept called Goldielopes. They’re small watercolor paintings of all kinds of (fancy) goldfish with deer antlers. What goldfish lover doesn’t want…

July 19, 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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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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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
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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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Goldfish progress photos & Happy New Year!

When I was asked for an update about my goldies by fellow goldfish blogger Goldfishdoctor this morning, I realized it had indeed been quite a while since the last one (5 months to be exact!). A lot has changed since that time: they have been…

December 29, 2013
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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