"Planted aquariums are living works of art." This is a beginner's guide to planted aquarium setup, including substrate, water, filters, heating, cooling, light, hardscape, aeration, CO2, and more.
Discover how to set up a self-sustaining saltwater fish tank aquarium. In this article, I contribute my own experience in the hobby.
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.
Learn how to choose the best betta fish tank and which aquarium size and style will best meet your betta's needs.
Here are some of the best fish that eat snails you might consider adding to your freshwater aquarium. They may be able to help you clean up your pest snail problem, or they could just make cool additions to your tropical fish tank.
Freshwater fish are susceptible to many diseases, and it can be hard to distinguish the differences between them. This article will help you recognize some of the more common diseases: ich, dropsy, and popeye.
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!
Learn about the best small and large schooling fish for your freshwater fish tank and find out which are appropriate for 10, 20, or 55-gallon aquariums or bigger.
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.
If you’re thinking about adding semi-aggressive freshwater fish to your tropical aquarium take a moment to read through this list of suggestions.
How to clean up an all glass aquarium and replace the silicone. Refurbishing old aquariums to good as new condition with new silicone. DIY tricks and tips for resealing your all glass aquarium.
This article is a new fish keeper's guide to five of the best fish and five of the worst fish you can choose to start your aquarium. Some of the fish listed as worst may surprise you!
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. Find out how to prepare for your new fish with this article.
Often overlooked as a choice in the aquarium, white cloud mountain minnows are very lively, enjoyable pets to keep. Learn how to care for them, from housing to feeding to tank mates.
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.
Aquariums are excellent as a decoration for your living room, office, or store. Everyone likes looking at colorful fish as they swim around. There's something very relaxing about fish tanks, but you can't have a thriving ecosystem without the right aquarium plants.
Have your guppies' eyes suddenly turned black? There are four reasons known to date of why this happens. I've listed and described them in this quick guide.
Review a list of the signs and symptoms of old age in betta fish. Get advice on caring for elderly bettas.
Looking for great saltwater fish for your home aquarium? Here are the top ten based on sales in the United States! Don't be surprised to find your friends from "Finding Nemo" on the list!
In this guide you will learn how to naturally get rid of algae in your fish tank once and for all. Algae growth in the aquarium is the bane of many a fish keeper!
Live plants help keep the fish in your underwater world happy and healthy. This is a list of the best aquatic plants for the freshwater shrimp that help keep the aquarium clean. These little invertebrates will play and chew on those green leaves.
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.
Glass surfing or pacing is a behavior where fish swim up and down the sides of the aquarium glass. Find out why bettas and tropical fish do it and what you can do to help them calm down.
Learn about the Green Spotted Puffer, an incredible fish that requires some special care, proper feeding and the right tank setup.
Everything you need to know about freshwater angelfish including care, best tank mate recommendations, and tank size, as well as answers to many frequently asked questions.
The Siamese fighting fish, more commonly known as the betta fish, is one of the most popular aquarium fishes kept today. Many myths surround the betta fish, which can lead to improper care and premature death. Find out how to properly care for your betta.
All the details on the proper setup of a suitable living habitat and the best practices for ongoing care of a goldfish. Learn the best techniques to ensure a happy and healthy goldfish for years to come.
This article will tell you everything you need to know about adding invertebrates to your freshwater home aquarium.
Learn the pros and cons of live and artificial aquarium plants and decide which one is a better fit for your fish tank.
Learn how to choose the best tank mates for betta fish in a small aquarium or community tank environment. Here's a list of compatible fish that can live with a betta, as well as practical advice for choosing a community tank setting.
Learn about the best tropical fish for beginners and 10 great fish that give a first-time aquarium owner the best chance of success!
Find out if you should add a filter and heater to your Betta fish's tank. Learn the true needs of this beautiful, tropical fish.
Here are the 10 best (and worst) large fish for your freshwater home aquarium along with recommendations for tank size and care management. Big freshwater fish look spectacular in the right tank setup but choose wisely.
Learn how to choose the best fish for your small tank and better understand the needs of your aquarium's inhabitants.
Learn how to prepare your home aquarium to survive a cold-weather power outage. A few simple preparations and a kit of emergency supplies can keep your fish and coral alive during blackouts.
Here is 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!
Find out how important a heater, light and filter are for your freshwater tropical fish tank. Learn about the different types of filtration, the best temperature for your tank and more.
Discover 5 tips for starting a new freshwater aquarium that go beyond the setup guide that comes with the tank, and can help you get off to a good start.
Aquarium setups can be expensive—just ask any aquarist. Here are ways to reduce the cost of setting up an aquarium.
The plecostomas, or sucker fish, is a popular freshwater catfish with special care considerations. Learn the facts before you stock this often misunderstood fish.
While it's not possible for a female guppy to get pregnant without a male guppy, it may appear that it is possible. Female guppies can hold the sperm of a male guppy for several months, which may make it appear that she got pregnant without a male guppy.
The Siamese fighting fish, or betta, is a beautiful, solitary creature that gets quite nippy with other fish. But there are some species of fish that can cohabitate with bettas in a community tank. Here is a comprehensive guide to finding other fish that can live with bettas.
Looking for the best aquarium heaters for a 5-gallon fish tank? A review of two small aquarium heaters reveals the specifics of each based upon personal usage.
Here is how to find out if the fish in your freshwater aquarium are stressed out. Stress leads to death, so watch for these signs and learn how to help your fish live long, happy, peaceful lives.
Betta fish (AKA Siamese fighting fish) suffer from a wide range of infections and diseases. Learn how to prevent, diagnose, and treat common betta fish infections and diseases. See also the best medication for sick betta.
Algae is a normal part of any aquarium ecosystem, but it has to be kept in small quantities for other living things to thrive in the same environment. That's why you need to add some algae-eaters to your tank to make sure that the algae doesn't spread too much.
Freshwater catfish comes in all shapes and sizes. You could get a school of 2-inch cory cats or a single foot-long pleco. Check out all the different possibilities right here!
Learn the easy way to change the water in your freshwater aquarium to avoid spilling, and ensure sure your fish stay happy and healthy!
This article contains all of the information you want to know about owning a pet shark including where to buy your shark, what size tank you will need and what you should know before making a purchase of this magnitude.
Check out some of the best aquarium heaters for your 10-gallon, 30-gallon or 55-gallon freshwater fish tank and get advice on which size, brand and type to consider.
Check out the best types of freshwater catfish for the home aquarium, including small catfish for small tanks, and others that grow to several feet in length.
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.
Learn how to care for a tropical fish tank the easy way with these 6 aquarium maintenance tips. Follow these guidelines for happy, healthy fish.
Learn why Betta fish don’t belong in small, one-gallon tanks. There are better options if you want your fish to be happy and healthy.
Here’s a list of the 20 most colorful aquarium fish. Learn about vibrant community fish and large colorful fish so you can make the best choice when stocking unique fish for your tropical tank.
An aquarium can completely transform a room. Everyone likes seeing pretty, colorful fish swimming around in a beautiful aquarium decorated with underwater plants and other fixtures. Saltwater fish are trendy because of the many species and colors available.
Learn more about peaceful community fish that can live together in your tank and make great additions to your tropical freshwater aquarium.
Find out what to do if your betta fish looks lonely or bored and whether or not you should worry when your betta lives alone.
Learn how to choose the best fish for your 20-gallon freshwater tank and get some stocking ideas when it comes to which kinds of fish and aquarium critters to consider.
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.
Discover 10 of the most common reasons tropical fish die in the home aquarium and what you can do to prevent it. 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.
Learn how to choose the best fish for your 10-gallon freshwater tank setup and make smart choices when stocking your aquarium.
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.
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?
When someone mentions a visually stunning aquarium, what comes to mind? You probably envision a tank with exotic species of fish swimming around eye-catching plants. This article will show you which plants are the best of the lot.
Learn why your fish tank water is cloudy and what you can do about it when your pretty aquarium turns into a foggy mess.
What animals can live in 5- and 10-gallon tanks? This article will provide some ideas for these aquarium sizes, both common and unique.
Convict cichlids will naturally breed very easily. However, there are many steps you should take to maximize the Convict breeding setup.
It’s a bummer when your betta dies and you don't know why. Here are some of the common causes of premature betta death and what you can possibly do to prevent them.
The black belt of the fish world has more allure than just brawling. Bettas have unusual breeding strategies, physical abilities and individual personalities.
Check out five of the best algae-eating fish and invertebrates for your freshwater fish tank, plus one more that might surprise you.
Learn how and when betta fish sleep and discover a few ways you can make your betta’s tank more sleep-friendly so he can get all the rest he needs.
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 life span.
For over 50 years, I have kept and bred all sort of tropical fish. From live-bearing fish to all sorts of Cichlids—from Angelfish, Discus, Convict Cichlids—to Siamese Fighting Fish, Tiger Barbs, and so many others.
Fish should never be flushed and should never be released into lakes or rivers either. Learn about the humane ways to dispose of or relinquish aquarium fish and other unwanted fish properly.
Porcupine puffers are fun saltwater pets that require specialized care. Before bringing your fishy friend home, take the time to learn what he needs. This is a good place to start.
Tips on how to care for your betta fish. This guide covers tank selection and management, lifespan,tank mates, feeding, betta diseases, behaviors, and much more.
Learn why caring for a freshwater aquarium is rewarding and educational for kids, plus discover which tanks are right for children and how the whole family can learn from a fish tank.
Find out whether it is safe to turn off your fish tank filter at night. Learn if your fish will die overnight, and the difference between a filter and an air pump.
Learn which fish are best for your 55-gallon tank and how to make smart choices when stocking your freshwater aquarium.
In defense of the box filter. I will go over what the box filter is, its pros and cons, and my own theory as to why it is disappearing.
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 shells that your crabs won't use.
Freshwater sharks do exist, but they are just too large for a home aquarium. Here are six fish with shark-like appearances and personalities that you can find at your local pet store.
Don't be fooled by inferior pellet and flake foods. Give your cichlids what they really deserve with this recipe for homemade cichlid food.
Sometimes fish have first names, last names, and even middle names. This is a comprehensive list of over 300 funny and creative names for you to consider when naming your new pet fish.
Fish TB is a real thing and is transmissible to humans. This disease manifests in species that are common and popular in home aquariums. Therefore, it's important to understand this condition, it's symptoms and how to prevent or treat an outbreak.
If your freshwater tank is starting to turn green, it's time for an algae eater fish clean up crew. Here are some of the best freshwater algae eaters out there and a section on shrimp and snails!
This article provides an illustrated guide to easily cleaning betta fish tanks. Review step-by-step instructions for properly cleaning your tank and learn how to do it in 15 minutes or less.
Get the facts about goldfish and betta fish care and decide which of these popular fish is best for you!
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 frequently find myself using an arts and crafts material called plastic canvas.
Compare the best aquarium filters for your 20, 30 or 55-gallon fish tank in this review, plus understand the types of filtration.
Learn how to control or get rid of snails in your fish tank, plus discover the good and bad of these invasive little pests.