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Aquarium Water Still Murky After Treatment? Try This

Cloudy aquarium water is frustrating for any aquarist, especially if you’re new to the hobby. After all, you want to enjoy a clear view of your fish, and if the water turns murky, you can’t do that. In addition, cloudy tank water can’t be good news for your fish, right? But what does it mean … Read more

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Fish Still Hiding After Weeks in the Tank? Try This

Sometimes, you’ll buy a stunning new fish only to find that it hides or sulks for days or even weeks. What is this behavior about, and how should we encourage them to reveal their full glory? Here we’ll explore the main reasons that your fish may be hiding after being introduced to a new tank, … Read more

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How To Stop Overthinking Your Aquarium Design, According to Experts

When it comes to aquarium design, it’s easy for things to get over-complicated. Elaborate planting and fancy layouts might look impressive, but they also take considerable time, effort, and money to establish and maintain. Thankfully, a beautiful and effective aquarium design doesn’t have to be complicated. With a strong vision for what you want to … Read more

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I’m an Aquarist: The Best $100 You Can Spend On Your Tank

Purchasing an aquarium setup can be a daunting task. First, you need to choose the right tank, then the right substrate, lighting, heater, and filter before you can even consider plants, invertebrates, and fish! If all of this seems like a bit of a headache, you may be happy to hear about all-in-one aquarium kits! … Read more

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8 Surprising Facts About the Exotic Fish Trade

I’ve been an avid fish keeper for over 40 years, and I know a thing or two about this fascinating industry. But they say that every day’s a learning day, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to the fish trade. Beneath the serene tranquility of your home aquarium and the beautiful fish it … Read more

Common Quarantine Procedure Mistakes

19 Common Quarantine Procedure Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

As an experienced tropical and coldwater fish keeper with over 40 years of experience, I can state with some authority that the best way to keep diseases and parasites out of your aquarium is by quarantining all new aquatic life before adding the newbies to your main tank. Now, you’d think that putting your livestock … Read more

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3 Fish Species You Should Not Keep in Small Tanks

If you desperately want to keep fish but don’t have much space in your home for a large aquarium, you might be wondering what species you can keep in a smaller tank. So, the good news is that there are lots of fish that can do very well in a smaller setup of up to … Read more

Impact of Overfeeding

What Every Fish Keeper Needs to Know About the Impact of Overfeeding

As with any pet, providing your fish with a correct diet in the right amounts is essential for their health and longevity. That sounds pretty straightforward, but it’s something that beginners to the hobby often get wrong, sometimes with drastic results. One of the most important aspects of tropical and cold water fishkeeping is understanding … Read more

Things to Stop Doing If You Have a Saltwater Aquarium

10 Things You Need to Stop Doing If You Have a Saltwater Aquarium

Keeping a saltwater fish tank can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but doing so successfully requires meticulous attention to detail and quite a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, many marine enthusiasts make accidental mistakes that can harm the delicate ecosystem of a saltwater aquarium. This article highlights key missteps in marine tank management that can … Read more

Common Fish Disease Treatment Mistakes

9 Disease Treatment Mistakes Everyone Makes (and How to Avoid Them)

I’ve kept tropical and freshwater fish of many different species for over 40 years. I love their vibrant colors, beautiful finnage, and quirky personalities. However, what I don’t love about fishkeeping is their susceptibility to diseases. Of course, some species are hardier than others, but every type of fish can get sick sometimes. As a … Read more

common fish compatibility mistakes

9 Common Fish Compatibility Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Fishkeeping is an extremely rewarding hobby that can quickly become an obsession, and after 40 years of keeping many different fish species, I can vouch for that! One of the most exciting aspects of keeping fish is deciding what species you want to put in your brand-new aquarium. Unfortunately, fish compatibility is something of a … Read more

Common Fish Feeding Mistakes

8 Fish Feeding Mistakes Everyone Makes (And How To Avoid Them)

Regardless of the species, providing your fish with a balanced diet is essential for keeping your pets healthy and thriving. But fish feeding has many potential pitfalls that you must avoid, as getting it wrong often leads to health problems for your fish and even fatalities in extreme cases. I have over 40 years of … Read more

Surprising Facts About Nano Tanks

5 Surprising Facts About Nano Tanks: A Fascinating List

If you live in a small apartment, stay in university halls, or simply don’t have much space to play with, you might wonder if a nano fish tank would make a practical addition to your home. This guide reveals the unexpected benefits and challenges of keeping a nano aquarium, including care differences from larger tanks, … Read more