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  • Discover 10 of the most common reasons tropical fish die in the home aquarium and what you can do to avoid them. Learn what you could be doing wrong, plus get advice on how to choose the right fish, manage your tank and keep your fish as healthy and stress-free as possible.

    Top 10 Reasons Tropical Fish Die in a Tank

    Top 10 Reasons Tropical Fish Die in a Tank

    by Eric Dockett7

  • I love do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, especially when it comes to aquariums (because the hobby is expensive!). Out of all the materials I use for such projects, I find myself using an arts and crafts material called plastic canvas.

    The Many Aquarium Uses of Plastic Canvas

    The Many Aquarium Uses of Plastic Canvas

    by mariekbloch4

  • Signs of an Old Betta In the following list, all these symptoms must happen gradually over the span 3-8 months, not were days. If any of these symptoms surface within a few weeks, then it is most likely the result of an illness, often brought on...

    How to Care for an Old Betta

    How to Care for an Old Betta

    by mariekbloch31

  • Setting up a freshwater aquarium is not as hard as you might think! Need some helpful advice? Are you new to this hobby but need a few starter tips? Whether you're a beginner or an aquarium enthusiast, you've come to the right place! Proper water...

    How to Start a Freshwater Tropical Aquarium

    How to Start a Freshwater Tropical Aquarium

    by Dana Stamps8

  • Learn how to choose the perfect freshwater tropical aquarium for your home. Beginners will get advice on the best tank size, location, stocking and more. Keeping a tropical fish tank is a rewarding hobby, and taking the time to plan and research your new aquarium will help you achieve success.

    How to Choose an Aquarium for Your Home

    How to Choose an Aquarium for Your Home

    by Eric Dockett0

  • Learn which fish are best for your 55-gallon tank and how to make smart choices when stocking your freshwater aquarium.

    Best Fish for a 55-Gallon Tank

    Best Fish for a 55-Gallon Tank

    by Eric Dockett2

  • It can be difficult to keep aquatic plants with goldfish. Here is a selection of live plants that can be placed in the aquarium with goldfish. These water plants will help keep fins happy.

    The Best Aquatic Plants for Goldfish

    The Best Aquatic Plants for Goldfish

    by Deborah Minter0

  • 1) Not Treating Tap Water Properly (Or at All) Tap water has chlorine—safe for humans, a death sentence for aquatic creatures. Most of us learned this early on; either tap water must sit out for 24 hours so the chlorine evaporates, or treat it...

    Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Hobbyists Make

    Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Hobbyists Make

    by mariekbloch18

  • Learn how to choose the best fish for your 10-gallon freshwater tank setup and make smart choices when stocking your aquarium.

    Best Fish for a 10-Gallon Tank Setup

    Best Fish for a 10-Gallon Tank Setup

    by Eric Dockett128

  • A list of supplies and accessories including everything you need to keep a Betta fish happy and healthy. Give your Betta fish a great home!

    Betta Fish Supplies List

    Betta Fish Supplies List

    by Eric Dockett26

  • Learn how to easily and successfully start and keep a freshwater fish tank, as well as how to avoid some common mistakes that many beginners make.

    How to Start a Freshwater Fish Tank

    How to Start a Freshwater Fish Tank

    by Cholee Clay0

  • Don't be fooled by inferior pellet and flake foods. Give your cichlids what they really deserve with this recipe for homemade cichlid food.

    Recipe for Homemade Cichlid Food

    Recipe for Homemade Cichlid Food

    by Zach5

  • Making fish food couldn't be easier! It's time to free yourself of commercial fish food flakes and start creating your own natural alternative. Homemade fish food is not far away!

    Making Your Own Fish Food

    Making Your Own Fish Food

    by Zach8

  • A new fish tanks needs to go through a cycling process to establish biological filtration before it can be stocked with fish. A slow source of ammonia, usually in the form of a starter fish is provided to establish populations of beneficial nitrogen fixing baxter. The bacteria convert ammonia to nitrite, then nitrite to nitrate so that when the aquarium is fully cycled the two toxic fish waste products will be undetectable.

    How To Cycle Your New Fish Tank?

    How To Cycle Your New Fish Tank?

    by aa lite1

  • Eliminating Cyanobacteria from an aquarium is not a hard process, but it does take some patience. Quick antibiotic fixes only leave the tank vulnerable to future algae blooms and destroy the beneficial algae that has settled in the aquarium. This step-by-step method will help you treat the bacteria at the source and prevent future outbreaks.

    Removing Cyanobacteria from the Aquarium

    Removing Cyanobacteria from the Aquarium

    by Everyday Green8

  • The Violet Goby, sometimes called the Dragonfish is a beautiful, eel-like fish that lives in brackish waters. They make wonderful pets, but require a bit of preparation before you bring them home.

    How to Care for a Violet Goby (Dragonfish)

    How to Care for a Violet Goby (Dragonfish)

    by Melissa Flagg OSC16

  • Many bettas don't get along with other fish in their tank, especially shiny or colorful fish. But here are 11 creatures that can safely live with bettas.

    11 Best Betta Fish Tank Mates

    11 Best Betta Fish Tank Mates

    by Reymus512

  • When choosing a fish that's beautiful and easy to care for, the betta fish is a popular choice for all hobbyists. Common misconceptions about keeping these lovely pets have led to a belief that these fish are frail and hard to keep. It's time to bust the myth and lay down the facts once and for all.

    The Bare Basics of Betta Fish Keeping

    The Bare Basics of Betta Fish Keeping

    by Megan Nelson4

  • People have loved aquariums for ages but it is important to know how to properly care for any creature before you bring it into your home. Keeping fish is not as simple as providing food and water.

    Aquarium Tips for Beginners

    Aquarium Tips for Beginners

    by Kate H0

  • Proper lighting is an important factor in creating a successful easy to maintain planted aquarium. Using the right color of light in your aquarium will make lush healthy plants and reduce algae.

    Lighting for a Planted Aquarium

    Lighting for a Planted Aquarium

    by Richard Brown1

  • Hermit crabs make wonderful pets with proper care. Before purchasing a hermit crab for your children, learn more about hermit crab care and pet store marketing ploys so that you can find a pet that will be good for your child.

    Why Hermit Crabs May Not Be Good Pets for Kids

    Why Hermit Crabs May Not Be Good Pets for Kids

    by fritteritter23

  • Everything you need to know to care for a happy, healthy betta fish.

    Betta Fish Basics

    Betta Fish Basics

    by Lauren McCusker1

  • Learn how to choose the best fish for your small tank and better understand the needs of your aquarium's inhabitants.

    Best Fish for a Small Tank

    Best Fish for a Small Tank

    by Eric Dockett17

  • There are many different options for decorating a fish tank. How can you be sure that what you are adding is appropriate for your fish? This article should answer all your questions.

    Decorating Your Fish Tank: Dos and Don'ts

    Decorating Your Fish Tank: Dos and Don'ts

    by Alex60

  • The Siamese fighting fish, more commonly known as the betta fish, is one of the most popular aquarium fishes kept today. They are known for their elaborate fins, their easy care, and their extreme aggression towards any fish they perceive to be a...

    Fish Care: Siamese Fighting Fish

    Fish Care: Siamese Fighting Fish

    by finatics16

  • All the details on the proper setup of a suitable living habitat to best practices for ongoing care of a goldfish. Learn the best techniques to ensure a happy and healthy goldfish for years to come.

    How to Care for Goldfish

    How to Care for Goldfish

    by Kate Daily6

  • Spotting that perfect fish and bringing it home without any preparation is the surest way to make sure the fish doesn't live through the experience. To ensure the health and well being of your freshwater tropical fish, it is important that you select species that are compatible with each other and that your aquarium is set up and ready for your fish before you bring it home.

    How to Purchase Freshwater Aquarium Fish

    How to Purchase Freshwater Aquarium Fish

    by Marty Andersen14

  • Box filters (also known as corner filters), are air-lifted aquarium filters—the oldest type of filtration still sold on the market. Box filters make excellent filters depending on the water volume and bioload of a tank.

    How to Use Box/Corner Filters

    How to Use Box/Corner Filters

    by mariekbloch5

  • Fish experts recommend nothing smaller than a 2.5-gallon tank for a betta fish. Do the right thing and set up a proper, heated, filtered, humane habitat for your betta. Fishbowls, wall pockets, cups and vases are too small and will lead to a depressed, sickly fish with a short lifespan.

    Betta Fish in Bowls: Just Say No!

    Betta Fish in Bowls: Just Say No!

    by SmartAndFun17

  • Freshwater sharks do exist, but none of them are small enough to fit in a home aquarium. Here are the closest fish you'll get in appearance.

    Common Freshwater Sharks for Aquariums

    Common Freshwater Sharks for Aquariums

    by Everyday Green11

  • "Planted aquariums are living works of art." beginners guide to planted aquarium setup, setup, aquarium, substrate, water, filter, heating, cooling, light, hardscape, aeration, CO2, and more...

    The Basics of a Planted Aquarium

    The Basics of a Planted Aquarium

    by Richard Brown2

  • Goldfish aren't for everyone, but luckily there are a ton of unique aquarium animals out there for people with more adventurous tastes.

    Unique Home Aquarium Animals

    Unique Home Aquarium Animals

    by Arthur Thares0

  • It’s a bummer when your betta dies. Here are some of the top causes of premature betta death and what you can possibly do to prevent them.

    Top 6 Reasons Betta Fish Die

    Top 6 Reasons Betta Fish Die

    by Eric Dockett34

  • Did you know something as simple as a goldfish can live past forty years of age and reach over a foot in length? Here's the how-to's of keeping tropical fish in an ethical manner.

    The Ethical Issues of Keeping Tropical Fish

    The Ethical Issues of Keeping Tropical Fish

    by Theophanes Avery10

  • Learn about proper betta fish tank setup and the right and wrong ways to care for this beautiful tropical fish!

    Betta Fish Tank Setup Tips

    Betta Fish Tank Setup Tips

    by Eric Dockett0

  • One of the most common questions that people ask when it comes to bettas is, "What's the best betta tank setup?" Alongside food, perhaps the most important factor that affects a betta's well-being is the quality of its water and its tank or aquarium...

    How to Set up a Betta Tank

    How to Set up a Betta Tank

    by betta addict95

  • Praised as a gentle and friendly breed, the platy is a perfect starter fish for anyone setting up an aquarium. But what do you do when one of your fish becomes aggressive?

    Platy Problems - Dealing With a Bully

    Platy Problems - Dealing With a Bully

    by Pollyanna Jones4

  • Learn about betta fish care, behavior and tank requirements to make sure your betta lives a long, healthy life.

    Betta Fish Care Guide and FAQ

    Betta Fish Care Guide and FAQ

    by Eric Dockett438

  • An aquarium guide to five of the best fish you can keep to start your aquarium and five of the worst fish you can choose to start your aquarium. Some of the fish listed as worst may surprise you!

    The Best and Worst Beginner Fish for Your Aquarium

    The Best and Worst Beginner Fish for Your Aquarium

    by Elliott-Scates55

  • Learn how to buy the best, most comfortable seashells for your pet hermit crabs. This shell selection advice will save you from spending money on hermit crab shells that are never used.

    How to Choose Hermit Crab Shells by Shape and Size

    How to Choose Hermit Crab Shells by Shape and Size

    by fritteritter26

  • Often overlooked as a choice in the aquarium, the white cloud mountain minnows are very lively, enjoyable pets to keep. Their small size means they don't need a large aquarium, but enough room for their activeness and tendency to play around. White...

    Fish Care: White Cloud Mountain Minnows

    Fish Care: White Cloud Mountain Minnows

    by finatics62

  • This article will briefly touch on the genetics of angelfish and how to tell different sub-species apart. It will also discuss physical attributes and quality attributes of species, or what makes a beautiful fish and what makes a not-so-beautiful fish. Further, the article will discuss breeding, how to sex fish, breed them, and care for their fry. Includes information on what to feed fry, how to rear fry, and how to set up a breeding program for profit.

    Selective Breeding and Genetics for Angelfish

    Selective Breeding and Genetics for Angelfish

    by David Stillwell11

  • There are many different kinds of freshwater fish available to hobbyists. Tetras are among the most poplar fish used in home aquariums. This article will provide information about these diverse fishes

    Popular Home Aquarium Fish: Tetras

    Popular Home Aquarium Fish: Tetras

    by Alex1

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