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bumblebee goby
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Caresheet: Bumblebee goby | Brachygobius spp.

Gobies from the Brachygobius genus, better known as bumblebee gobies, are tiny bottom dwelling aquarium fish species featuring a bee-like yellow and black striped pattern. This species is not the best choice for most community aquariums and to make things more difficult, it requires…

February 5, 2017
freshwater crabs
Articles Invertebrates Stocking aquarium

5 Freshwater crabs for the aquarium

When it comes to invertebrates, many aquarists immediately think of shrimp or crayfish. However, there’s another group of fascinating inverts that can be kept in aquariums: crabs! Unfortunately there is still a lot of misinformation out there about these clawed critters. Many brackish crab…

January 29, 2017
danio rerio
Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Zebra Danio | Danio rerio

Zebra Danios (Danio rerio) are a spirited and entertaining freshwater species that are inexpensive and great for beginner aquarists. At a max size of 2″, they work well with smaller tankmates such as Neon Tetras and Swordtails. Keep reading for everything you need to…

January 16, 2017
upside down catfish
Articles Stocking aquarium

8 Aquarium catfish for community tanks

There are many different types of catfish available in the aquarium trade, some of which work well in the home community aquarium and some of which definitely don’t. There’s a catfish for all tank sizes and community types, so keep reading for a list…

December 11, 2016
tetraodon biocellatus
Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Figure 8 puffer | Tetraodon biocellatus

Tetraodon biocellatus are commonly known as figure 8 puffers, a name derived from their head markings (which look somewhat like the number eight). Although they are smaller and easier to keep than most  puffer species there are still a lot of misconceptions out there…

November 26, 2016
female betta fish
Articles Betta Stocking aquarium

Keeping female Betta fish

Betta fish (Betta splendens) are one of the most popular fish species available today and male Bettas are widely appreciated for their wide range of beautiful colors and many fin types. Female Bettas, however, are a lot more difficult to find in the hobby…

November 14, 2016
background aquarium plants
Aquarium plants Articles

7 beautiful background aquarium plants

When setting up a planted aquarium, one of the best ways to achieve a balanced, natural look is to create depth using foreground and background plants. Foreground plants are low and usually don’t stand out too much, while background plants are tall and can…

October 9, 2016
stocking a 10 gallon fish tank
Articles Stocking aquarium

Stocking a 10 gallon fish tank

10 gallon (38L) aquarium kits such as this one are cheap and easy to fit into any room, which makes them a very popular choice. However, it can be difficult to figure out what fish to stock a 10 gal with. 10 gallons is not…

September 27, 2016
colorful aquarium fish
Articles Stocking aquarium

7 colorful freshwater fish

When setting up an aquarium and picking fish to stock it with, one thing many aquarists focus on is color. One or multiple colorful fish species can really brighten up a tank and form an eye-catching centerpiece. Many species in the aquarium trade sport…

September 4, 2016
white spot disease
Articles Fish disease

Treating ich (white spot disease)

Ich, also known as white spot disease or ick, is a very common fish disease that almost every aquarist will unfortunately encounter sooner or later. If there are white spots on your fish, you might be dealing with ich as well.  Keep reading for everything…

August 14, 2016
cleaning aquarium filter
Articles Water quality

How to clean an aquarium filter

After setting up your aquarium and succesfully getting everything up and running, it can be easy to forget to do regular maintenance. Weekly water changes are something most aquarists will remember to do, but there’s more to keeping your aquarium healthy: don’t forget to pay…

August 2, 2016