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nano planted tank
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Nano planted tank | 6 tiny aquarium plants!

A nano planted aquarium can be a great option for anyone short on space and money or if you’re just looking for a different kind of challenge. Despite their small size, they can still look just as lush as larger aquascapes and really brighten up…

May 29, 2016
aquarium filter material
Articles Water quality

Cheap & DIY aquarium filter media alternatives!

I recently bought a large used canister filter (review soon!). Unfortunately, it came without any filter media. As ‘branded’ filter media can quickly become very expensive, I decided to go for the more DIY & budget route which worked out quite well. If you’re…

May 22, 2016
Gourami 101 | Gourami fish types & info!
Articles Stocking aquarium

Gourami 101 | Gourami fish types & info!

Gouramis are one of the most popular aquarium fish species and for good reason! These Anabantoids (closely related to bettas) are a great new addition to the top water layer of a peaceful community aquarium with their interesting behavior and often striking colors. There are…

May 9, 2016
paracheirodon innesi
Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Neon tetra | Paracheirodon innesi

When we think of fishkeeping and tropical fish, neon tetras will often be the first thing that comes to mind. They are true ‘classics’ in the aquarium hobby and remain very popular to this day among new and old aquarists alike. Their striking bright…

April 24, 2016
culturing daphnia
Articles Fish food Guest posts

Culture Daphnia for Live food

Daphnia, commonly known as water fleas, are an excellent food source for juvenile and adult fish. They are easy to culture and take very little maintenance to keep a colony going. Harvesting is very simple as well as they are a fully aquatic live…

April 17, 2016
Aquarium plants Articles

7 fast growing aquarium plants!

There are plenty of reasons to want to go for fast growing live plants in your aquarium. Some fish love to nibble on plants, so it’s a great idea to grow them separately to add some variety to their diet. Fast growers compete with…

April 10, 2016
easy coldwater aquarium fish
Articles Stocking aquarium

7 Easy coldwater aquarium fish

Most fish sold in pet- and aquarium stores come from tropical regions and require a heated aquarium. If you’re interested in setting up an unheated aquarium, though, you may be surprised to hear which popular “tropical” fish are actually sub-tropical and appreciate lower temperatures!…

March 27, 2016
chromobotia macracanthus
Articles Caresheets

Caresheet: Clown Loach | Chromobotia macracanthus

Juvenile clown loaches can be found for sale in almost any aquarium store. Their contrasting black and orange stripes and their tendency to snack on nuisance snails make them a popular beginner’s choice, but they are actually on the list of the 8 worst beginner…

March 20, 2016
vallisneria
Aquarium plants Articles Plant caresheets

Growing Vallisneria

Vallisneria varieties, also known simply as ‘Vals’, are an aquarium plant species popular for their resemblance of sea grass, quick growth and easy care. They can reach a height of anywhere between a few inches to right across the top of your tank and…

March 13, 2016
aquarium moss
Aquarium plants Articles

Growing aquarium moss

If you’re looking for a versatile, attractive and fast growing aquarium plant that’s suitable for beginners, chances are you may end up buying some moss. While the terrestrial version of this plant may not be regarded as very exciting, aquarium moss has many uses…

February 28, 2016
dwarf shrimp care
Articles Invertebrates

Dwarf shrimp care | Keeping Neocaridina & Caridina

Although an aquarium dedicated to something as seemingly boring as tiny shrimp may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the (dwarf) shrimp hobby is growing fast. Knowledge about their existence and care is spreading and exciting color varieties are being developed. More and more aquarists…

February 14, 2016
peaceful dwarf cichlids
Articles Stocking aquarium

5 Peaceful dwarf & Apistogramma cichlids

The first species that usually come to mind when thinking of cichlids are angelfish, discus fish and Oscars. Although these are beautiful fish, they aren’t suitable for just any type of aquarium: two of these species are actually on the list of the worst beginner fish, and…

February 7, 2016