Growing Java Fern Microsorum pteropus

Growing Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)

Java fern is one of my personal favorite freshwater aquarium plants for many reasons! This particular fern is very easy to care for as it doesn’t need additional carbon dioxide, a strong light, specific substrate, or any extra fertilizers. It’s also one of the only plants that work great with fish that are prone to … Read more

Axolotl Tank

Axolotl Tank Keeping Guide

Axolotls are unusual and fun pets to own. These cute little critters are lively and curious, even interacting and engaging with their owners. But is an Axolotl a fully aquatic animal, or do they need to live in a terrarium with a solid landmass and dense plantings? And are Axolotls fish, reptiles, or amphibians? Keep … Read more

Butterfly Peacock Cichlid

Butterfly Peacock Cichlid Care Guide

Although some kinds of cichlids have a reputation for being aggressive fish, Butterfly Peacock Cichlids are benign creatures that are one exception to that rule. So, if you want a colorful, peaceful fish to add to your tank, you might want to consider the Butterfly Peacock Cichlid. Read this comprehensive guide to learn how to … Read more

Paludarium

Paludarium: The Best Of Both Worlds

Tired of keeping fish tanks? Need to get away from water for a bit? Why not try something like a paludarium that combines the best of both worlds? Paludariums combine a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial environments, usually used to house fish, reptiles, amphibians, and even birds! Keep reading to find out everything you … Read more

Discus Fish

Discus Fish Care Guide

Discus are some of the most beautiful fish available in the freshwater aquarium hobby. Still, they are also some of the most challenging. With a little bit of research and the proper setup, anyone can have a stunning tank filled with discus. These fish need pristine water conditions and can be very expensive, so you … Read more

Blood Parrot Fish

Blood Parrot Fish Care Guide And Profile

If you love cichlids and you’re looking for another variety to add to your collection, you might want to consider the blood parrot fish. But are blood parrots aggressive? Can blood parrot fish live alone, or do they do best in a cichlid community tank? You’ve got all the questions, and we have all the … Read more

gold inca snail

Gold Inca Snail (Pomacea Bridgesii) Caresheet

The Gold Inca snail is also known as the Mystery snail. These aquarium snails are members of the Apple snail family, of which there are thought to be in excess of 100 species. Apple snails don’t generally eat your plants, preferring to graze on your tank glass and aquarium decorations, foraging for algae. If you … Read more

Pictus Catfish

Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus) Care Sheet

While the common pleco (Hypostomus plecostomus) is one of the most popular bottom feeders available in the aquarium trade, there are a few better options that are more colorful and won’t quickly outgrow your tank. One of these options is the pictus catfish. The pictus catfish is a beautiful fish, unmistakable for its spotted pattern … Read more

Silver Dollar Fish

Silver Dollar Fish {Metynnis Argenteus} Care Guide

The Silver Dollar is one of the most recognizable fish that you’ll see for sale in fish stores. These fish are quite hardy, and they aren’t especially challenging to care for. That being said, you will need a fairly sizeable aquarium of at least 75 gallons, as these are schooling fish that should be kept … Read more

Bloodfin Tetra

Bloodfin Tetra (Aphyocharax anisitsi) Care Sheet

If you’re looking to start a freshwater aquarium, you might want to consider something a little different from the typical neon tetra. Bloodfin tetras are just as hardy and bring their own type of beauty to the tank with their large striking silver bodies and vibrant red fins. These fish are especially interesting due to … Read more

Zebra Pleco Care Guide

Zebra Pleco | Hypancistrus zebra: Care Sheet

If you’re looking to introduce a bit of the African safari into your freshwater fish tank, then the black and white striped zebra pleco will bring life and vibrancy to the bottom of your aquarium. These highly-desirable fish are simply beautiful but require a biotope carefully curated for the species and need extra care and … Read more

How To Care For The Large Rabbit Snail

How To Care For The Large Rabbit Snail

Ornamental snails can make a decorative and entertaining addition to your aquarium community. In this guide, we take a look at the popular and widely available Rabbit snail. Rabbit snails are easy to care for and exhibit some unique behaviors that can be fascinating to watch. You can also breed your own rabbit snails in … Read more

How to Care for Bright Colored Endlers Livebearers

How to Care for Bright Colored Endlers Livebearers

Endlers livebearers, scientific name Poecilia wingei is a brightly colored freshwater fish that is similar in looks to the common guppies that are readily available from fish stores and pet shops. These popular small fish add a glorious splash of color and activity to a freshwater community tank and are extremely easy to keep and … Read more

Low light aquarium plants

9 Most Useful Low Light Aquarium Plants

If you’ve been in the aquarium hobby for a while, you’ll know that all aquarium plants need a source of light to grow and thrive. Not all plants are equal in their lighting needs, though: some need more than others while some not so much. Looking to set up a low tech aquarium with beautiful … Read more

otocinclus catfish

Otocinclus catfish care & info

Otocinclus are little freshwater fish with a big appetite for algae. This aquascape-favorite seems ideal as an algae cleaner for small aquariums, but these dwarf catfish need some pretty specific care. If you’re willing to provide them with what they need to stay healthy and thriving, you’ll have a fascinating addition to your aquarium! Keep … Read more