Fish Care

DON’T MAKE THESE FISHKEEPING MISTAKES!

How’s the learning curve coming along for you? Our expert looks at some of the most common blunders made by aquarists — both new and experienced! I’ve kept fish for several years now, and every week I learn something new. The worst mistake any of us can make is to think that we know it all, and that we have nothing further to pick up. For some of us the curve is gentle. For others, it’s a hairpin, leading to costly mistakes, dead fish, and frustration. Some aquarists may find…

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How to Clean Your Fish Tank: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Regular maintenance and small water changes are unavoidable if you want to keep happy and healthy fish. It doesn’t matter how good your filter is, you have to do it. Allowing your tank to get dirty will cause a buildup of harmful bacteria and create the perfect environment for disease to thrive. And dealing with diseased fish is a lot harder that cleaning your aquarium once a week. And if you follow this simple step-by-step guide for fresh and saltwater aquariums, it’s an efficient straight-forward task that shouldn’t take you very long.…

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The best 10 freshwater aquarium fish for beginners

You could be very anxious that you want to start a freshwater aquarium. You are probably wondering how to stock your aquarium and with which fish. The wise thing to do before taking that pride step is considering a few decisions that you probably need to make. Do you want a Cold Water Tank or a heated one?  It is worth noting that either tank has its advantages and the particular species of the fish regarding the water temperatures in the tank. Once you decide on the species you want,…

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Compatibility Charts for Freshwater Aquatic Life

Tank mate compatibility is crucial to a successful and healthy home aquarium. Incompatible species will increase stress in the tank which could result in disease and considerable loss. Use our compatibility charts as a guideline before making your fish selection. Remember, no guarantees can be made about the compatibility or incompatibility of any particular species of fish. Also, particular species within a group of fish vary in temperament and may not correspond with the guidelines below.  

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Green hair algae | Causes, prevention & algae removal

It might start out innocent enough: a thread here, a tuft there. And then suddenly… algae explosion! Oops. The dreaded green hair algae is a notoriously fast grower that can take over your tank in just days. It suffocates your plants, your fish get stuck in it and it looks just plain ugly. No one wants it – but how do you get rid of it?! Keep reading for everything you need to know about removing (and more importantly: preventing) green hair algae in your aquarium. Green hair algae: Quick fixes? Algae…

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THE NITROGEN CYCLE AND NEW TANK SYNDROME

The Nitrogen Cycle and New Tank Syndrome The nitrogen cycle as it pertains to the home aquarium is the process of establishing beneficial bacteria in order to break down nitrogenous waste compounds into less harmful nitrates that can be removed from the aquarium via plants or water changes. Food in equals waste out Like all living creatures, fish give off waste products, these nitrogenous waste products break down into ammonia (NH3), which is highly toxic to both fish & Invertebrates. In nature, the volume of water per fish is extremely…

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