Rainbow Shark

Rainbow Shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum) Care Sheet

The rainbow shark’s appearance is far from the colorful array that you might expect from its name, but these fish make a fascinating addition to the freshwater aquarium nevertheless. This species is commonly confused with other similar-looking fish but is easily identified if you know what to look for! Otherwise, a single rainbow shark can … Read more

Blue Cichlid

Blue Cichlid (Sciaenochromis Fryeri) Care Sheet

The blue cichlid, also commonly known as the electric blue cichlid, can be easily mixed up with other cichlids from the same genus. However, this fish is an African cichlid all of its own and has some slight differences from the other similar fish found in Lake Malawi. Luckily, the care requirements don’t differ too … Read more

inline aquarium heater

Inline Aquarium Heater: Our Top Choices

If you’re limited on space or if you just want a clean design for your fish tank setup, then an inline aquarium heater will help keep some equipment out of the display. While these heaters are currently used by many hobbyists, their popularity has not fully caught on in the aquarium trade just yet. Because … Read more

aquarium sponge filter

Aquarium Sponge Filter: Our Top 6 Choices

While a sponge filter might not be the first type of filtration you think about for your fish tank, a properly sized sponge filter might be the best option. There are many benefits to using a sponge filter instead of a hang on the back filter or a sump tank, like if housing delicate livestock, … Read more

duckweed in aquarium

Duckweed In Aquarium: Benefit Or Nuisance?

If you’ve had problems with freshwater algae or maintaining water quality, you may have been recommended a type of floating plant called duckweed. Aquarium duckweed is generally a small plant that sits on top of the surface of many lakes and ponds in the wild. It has been added to the aquarium hobby for nutrient … Read more

platy fish

Platy Fish (Xiphophorus sp.) Care Sheet

Platy fish are probably one of the most recognizable freshwater community fish in the hobby, but did you know that there are several species and colors of this fish? In general, all species of Xiphophorus are extremely easy to keep and a favorite for hobbyists that are just starting to breed freshwater fish. This article … Read more

strawberry hermit crab

Strawberry Hermit Crab (Coenobita Perlatus) Care Sheet

As an aquarium hobbyist, you may already know that there are many species of marine hermit crab available for your saltwater tank. But did you know that only one family of hermit crabs is officially known as land hermit crabs? These terrestrial crawlers look a lot like the species kept in saltwater aquariums but have … Read more

GloFish Danio

GloFish Danio (Danio Rerio) Information & Care Sheet

GloFish® danios are not artificially dyed or cruelly injected with colors. Instead, these fish are the result of genetic testing that has led to their bright fluorescent color assortment. If you plan on getting one of these fish, it’s important to know how to properly take care of it as their attractive colors have often … Read more

dragon puffer

Dragon Puffer (Tetraodon Palembangensis) Care Sheet

The dragon puffer, also commonly known as the humpback puffer, is unlike any other freshwater fish you’ve seen before. These fish are not commonly found in the aquarium hobby and require a pretty specific setup. Their camouflaged appearance can make them blend into natural aquascapes, but their personality definitely comes through when they’re ready to … Read more

aquarium lighting timers

Aquarium Lighting Timers

When setting up a new tank, an aquarium lighting timer might be the last thing that comes to mind on your list of things to buy. However, lighting is one of the most important aspects of reef and planted aquarium systems, and without it, many organisms fail to survive. Not only does the actual light … Read more

green spot algae

Green Spot Algae: How To Identify And Treat This Pest

Green spot algae (GSA) is a relatively lesser-known type of aquarium algae that most freshwater systems experience sometime throughout their lives. This algae is pretty easy to identify and treat, though involves less manual removal than other algae you might be more familiar with. Instead, the chemistry of the tank needs to be understood and … Read more

green betta fish

Green Betta Fish: One Of the Rarest Colors

Betta fish, also commonly referred to as Siamese fighting fish, are known for their beauty and aggression but some hobbyists take these traits to the extreme. One of the ways that betta fish have been changed through the years is by selective breeding. This requires breeding two fish with admiral traits and either getting an … Read more