This article is about avoiding a key cardinal mistake novice aquarists end up with, while replacing old filters...the real 'gold' is hidden in the mucky filter media! Read on to uncover the secret...
One of the popular freshwater puffer species is the Fahaka puffer (Tetraodon lineatus). Among other characteristics, the Fahaka's beautiful coloration, large size and predatory nature make it one of the most interesting puffers to keep as a pet. ...
You may find your aquarium gets murky a few weeks after you have changed the water. This guide details four steps to help keep your aquarium clean all the time and achieve a steady ecological state.
Here's how Eco-Bio Blocks are supposed to work, as well as my personal review of the block's performance in my tank.
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.
When it's time to decide how to decorate your fish tank, be sure you consider a few key factors so that you know that the atmosphere that you create will make both you and the fish happy.
Aquarium setups can be expensive; just ask any aquarist. The tank, decorations, gravel, tank stand, filter, heater, and lighting add up and are often over 10 times the cost of the animals living in it (closer to 20 times in most cases). Here are...
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!
People who have an aquarium as a hobby usually make mistakes that can cause harm to their fish. This is a list of common mistakes you might make, and some recommendations to avoid them.
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.
Learn how to choose the best fish for your small tank and better understand the needs of your aquarium's inhabitants.
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.
Breeding fish can be easy or difficult depending on the species you choose. One thing that will certainly help you is a good spawning tank...
Betta fish and bamboo plants are both very attractive. Pamela N Red tells how to successfully combine the two in a lovely environment.
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!
Aquarium cycling is a very important first step to having a healthy tank and healthy fish! It is not that difficult and is worth the effort.
A powerhead is a device that looks like a little internal filter but has no filter material in it and initially you might think, 'what use is this puny device to me?' and discard it in disgust. But wait! A powerhead is actually quite useful in some...
Morning in the Amazon. Mark Goble via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) The Amazon is the second-largest tiver in the world. It's home to over 2,100 species of fish, with more being discovered each year. It is a very diverse habitat. In this article I will tell...
Whether you want a new look for your aquarium or a healthy alternative for your fish, gravel replacement can be tricky. While the most important beneficial bacteria live in the filter, plenty of ammonia and nitrite eating organisms colonize on...
Goldfish aren't for everyone, but luckily there are a ton of unique aquarium animals out there for people with more adventurous tastes.
Find out what to feed you African/Lake Malawi Cichlids, how often,and how to spot and deal with eating problems.
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?
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.
A cold water Oranda on the left, and a tropical Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish) on the right. Newcomers to the fish keeping hobby will often mistakenly think that it is better to keep cold water fish such as goldfish because they don't require a...
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.
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...
Paradise fish and white cloud mountain minnows are two species commonly sold as tropical fish, although they can be kept in unheated aquariums and outside in the summer.
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.
Freshwater fish are susceptible to a many number of diseases and it can be hard to distinguish the differences between diseases, this article will help you recognize some of the more common diseases.
Why is it that a 10 gallon tank can be $10 or $15, a 20 gallon is around $40, and a 30 gal. is in the $70's (at the lowest prices available)? If an aquarium is $10 dollars for 10 gallons, shouldn't the 20 gal. be $20, and so forth? *Prices for...
Learn how to 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!
This article will tell you everything you need to know about adding invertebrates to your freshwater home aquarium.
Most experts will tell you that ammonia is one of the compounds in the aquarium that will build to levels where it will kill fish. This is especially when true when the aquarium is brand new and has not crearted an adequarte population of...
You've just found a new fish for your aquarium? Great! Then it’s time for you to start looking into cute or funny fish names for your new finned friend!
A Betta makes a wonderful addition to the office setting. When properly cared for, your little office pet can live happily for many years. Follow the advice presented here to care for your office Betta.
Don't be fooled by inferior pellet and flake foods. Give your cichlids what they really deserve with this recipe for homemade cichlid food.
Learn how to choose the right Betta fish tank and which aquarium size and style will best meet your Betta's needs.
Koi fish, humble common carp bred for color and beauty, find their way into art and into the ponds of the very wealthy; the most beautiful have sold for up to $2.2 million.
Large rocks in aquariums is something that usually scares people. But, don't worry. With the proper preparation, you can add them with ease.
Have you ever wanted to build your own aquarium from scratch? Well, in this article I will tell you exactly how you can take on this DIY project!
An illustrated guide to easily clean betta fish tanks. Step by step instructions to properly clean a fish tank with ease. Clean your fish tank in 15 minutes or less.
Oh, Pleco! One of the most popular and distinctive family of freshwater fish kept as pets are in the plecostomus family. Usually, they are referred to as "plecos" partly because it's a great nickname and also because of an old superstition. It...
Fish tank plants and other decorations can be very difficult to clean. Follow these easy, safe steps to make your fish tank clean and your fish happy and healthy.
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...
http://www.destin-tanganyika.com/images/synodontis-petricola-dwarf-8.jpg Most fish keepers like to have some bottom feeders in their aquarium. They can do a great job mopping up little pieces of food that larger, messier fish leave...
There is a lot of debate on whether it's better to use live or fake plants in an aquarium. Generally, live plants raise the water quality as they take in nitrates as natural fertilizer. But they can also worsen water quality if they die and decay....
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.
Experiment with a self-sustaining food chain in a large or small aquarium: algae, plants, small creatures like daphnia and planarians, snails, freshwater shrimp, and maybe fish.
A step-by-step guide to identifying gouramis by gender. This article covers which varieties can easily be identified and how to find breeding pairs for less-obvious gourami types.
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.
Learn which tankmates to choose for your Betta fish in a small aquarium or community tank environment for the best chance of success.
Descriptions and pictures of different species of land hermit crabs to make it easy to identify a type of hermit crab.
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.
Learn how to control or get rid of snails in your fish tank, plus discover the good and bad of these invasive little pests.
Three-dimensional fish tank backgrounds are a great way to add a unique flair to your aqua world. Learn how to build a fish tank background.
It doesn't matter if you're new to the pet fish world or an old hat starting up a new tank, the biggest decision you need to make is which kind of fish to keep. This is a hub about freshwater fish. I will include a link to a few places you can...
Here is a list of the best fish to cycle a salt water aquarium. The initial set-up of a salt water tank is important to the well-being of your fish.
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...
Learn the basics on how to purchase and care for a seahorse, as well as some interesting facts about them.
There are many Pleco species in the world. Pleco is the common name for Catfish species in the family Loricariidae. They are all different types and colors of pleco, and they have all different personalities. Plecos come from South American Rivers...
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.
Learn about betta fish care, behavior and tank requirements to make sure your betta lives a long, healthy life.
This covers the all of the basics you need to know when starting a saltwater fish tank. Includes sand, water, rock, and equipment information.
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.
With the basics behind us, it's now time for the functioning aquaponics setup! In this article, we'll cover the rest of what's needed to bring your aquaponic build to life.
You've set up a new fish tank and now you're interested in adding live plants. Here's a guide to aquatics plants that are easy to grow and care for to add oxygen and beauty to your tank.
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.
Learn about the best tropical fish for beginners and 10 great fish that give a first-time aquarium owner the best chance of success!
Check out some of the best aquarium heaters for your freshwater fish tank and get advice on which size, brand and type to consider.
Clams (bivalves) are wonderful additions to the aquarium. Undue to popular belief they are not difficult to keep successfully in a properly maintained and aged home aquarium.
One of the banes of a any fish keeper's life (and perhaps, one of the joys too) is putting together a tank of fish that don't slaughter each other. Large cichlids, such as Jack Dempseys and Oscar fish are known for levels...
Learn the pros and cons of live and artificial aquarium plants and decide which one is a better fit for your fish tank.
Fantastic hermit crab name ideas, including inspiration from other languages, the sea, and famous crabs
Teacup stingrays need big aquariums, no less than 125 gallons. They can reach a size of 15 inches not including the tail. They need plenty of space to swim at the bottom of the tank....
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!
Learn how you can identify and treat common fish diseases such as Velvet saving you heart-ache and lots of money.
Wet pets, especially fish, are not the most robust pets in the world. However, some are more robust than others and there are ways to up your fishy friends chances of survival.
"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...
There are many low cost filtration systems available for 10 Gallon Aquariums. Which one is right for you depends on the type of fish you have and the amount of maintenance you wish to perform.
Learn more about colorful and peaceful community fish that make great additions to your tropical freshwater aquarium.
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.
Schuberti barbs, or gold barbs, are among the most popular aquarium fish. Learn how to take care of your gold barbs to keep them healthy, and get the best color and activity level from your fish.
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.
Learn why your fish tank water is cloudy and what you can do about it when your pretty aquarium turns into a foggy mess.
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.
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.
I am a ranchu goldfish enthusiast and am writing this article for people interested in having ranchu goldfish as a pet. I will put some tips on keeping ranchus and common problems.
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.
So dirty, how to make it clean again? If you're anything like me, when you started out your new hobby life as an aquarist, you bought a second hand fish tank. Second hand fish tanks, assuming they don't leak, and sometimes, even if they do, are an...
This article will help you de-mystify the process of setting up your own marine reef aquarium. If you already have experience keeping a freshwater aquarium,then this hub will help you get ready for the ultimate challenge in fish keeping. If you are new to the hobby,this will help you understand the process involved.Happy reading!
The most popular types of pet shrimp are cherry , ghost, and blue shrimp. These little guys are great little cleaners and will spend every waking hour exploring your tank.
Goldfish on their own kept properly do require lots of space, and common goldfish, comets and shubunkins cannot be kept with fancy goldfish. Additionally, some types of fancy goldfish such as orandas, black moors and fantails, shouldn’t be kept...
Learn how to choose the best aquarium filter for your 10, 30 or 55-gallon fish tank, plus understand the three types of filtration.
Check out five of the best algae-eating fish and invertebrates for your freshwater fish tank, plus one more that might surprise you.
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.
Moving a large home aquarium can be a tricky proposal. Learn how the author moved a large curved glass aquarium down three flights of stairs and up two without even breaking a sweat... or a fish tank.
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!
Goldfish are the most popular aquarium fish worldwide. Many hear the word goldfish and think of the little orange fish kept in a bowl. However, there are actually several varieties of goldfish; over 120. They range from common varieties to fancy types. The common types are rather plain while the fancy kinds come in many shapes, color patterns and fin types. Whether they are common or fancy all goldfish are great aquarium fish.
Learn which fish are best for your 55-gallon tank and how to make smart choices when stocking your freshwater aquarium.
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.
Get the facts about Goldfish and Betta Fish care and decide which of these popular fish is best for you!
There are many species of synodontis, and there are many hybrids and crossbreeds between the species which pop up as well, quite often in pet shops.
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.
Otocinclus catfish are small peaceful algae eaters than can help control algae in a smaller aquarium.
There is not much solid information about aquarium snails as the majority of aquarists spend more time eradicating them than caring for these misunderstood animals. While some species may very well ‘take over’ an aquarium, there are...
Betta fish (or Siamese) suffers from a wide range of infections & diseases. Learn how to prevent, diagnose & treat common Betta fish infections & diseases. See also the best medication for sick Betta.
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.
A discussion about the feasibility of keeping the Finding Nemo characters' species in a real aquarium. Find out more about the fish that the popular movie made famous.
What is the best fish to keep in a fish bowl? Did you know Goldfish are one of the worst fish to keep in a fishbowl? Find out why and learn how to keep fish healthy in a small tank or bowl.
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!
Sometimes fish have first names, last names, and even middle names. Here are 300+ creative names for you to consider when naming your new pet fish.
Time to ditch your old colored gravel and use sand in aquariums instead. It not only looks better, but is much more natural for your fish.
The Walstad Method is an increasingly popular way of creating a small ecosystem within the home aquarium. The Walstad Method enables one to do less water changes on the aquarium because the plants do most of the filtering. It also creates the most...
The black belt of the fish world has more allure than just brawling. Bettas have unusual breeding strategies, physical abilities and individual personalities.
The aquarium hobby is a wonderful one, but for beginners there are a lot of problems that you can run into. Algae overgrowth and excess fish food can be the most common problems that you'll often face. Learn what fish tank inhabitants you can include to help keep these issues under control
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...
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.
Contrary to popular belief, common goldfish require extensive care. Find out how to offer your goldfish the best care possible if limited by space and resources.
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.
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.
Learn why caring for a freshwater aquarium is rewarding and educational for kids, with benefits that will last their whole lives.
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.
This article shares the basic rules to keep in mind while choosing fish for your freshwater community aquarium.Remember these key things whenever you are tempted to buy 'that' fish for your tank.
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.
Healthy fish fry swim normally, like these Blue Ram fish fry from http://www.ventralfins.com Fish breeders will notice that healthy fry swim about in the tank from the moment they become free swimming. Other fish fry sink to the bottom and slide...
Before you head out to the pet store to stock your aquarium, consider how many fish will actually fit safely in the tank, or you may start losing them.
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.
If you’re thinking about adding semi-aggressive freshwater fish to your tropical aquarium take a moment to read through this list of suggestions.
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's all you need to know to set up your freshwater tank just right to ensure that your fish survive.
This in depth but layman-friendly article is intended to educate a first-time aquarium hobbyist on how to successfully set up and maintain their first working saltwater reef aquarium.
Most aquarium owners will encounter white spot disease. How to identify and treat one of the most common tropical fish ailments.
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!
Small aquaponics will change the way you look at your aquarium! With just a few modifications, any fish tank can produce fresh fruits and veggies!
Even if your fish is not cuddly, it's just as much an individual as a cat or dog and deserves a name of its own. Read on to find cute, creative, and unusual names for goldfish.
To keep your mini aquaponics setup running smoothly, you'll need to learn the basics of dechlorination, water changes, and other essential practices!
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...
Looking to go further with your freshwater aquarium? Here are some ideas for intermediate fish you can introduce.
The Mystery Snail (Pomacea bridgesii) is a species of Apple Snail. However unlike most apple snails, mystery snails do not eat plants. Or rather, they do not eat healthy plants. They also stay small, growing to just over 3in as opposed to softball...
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.
Convict Cichlids will naturally breed very easily. However, there are many steps you should take to maximize the Convict Breeding Setup.
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.
New fish keepers often begin buying fish without doing the proper research about what they are buying. This usually results in a bad fit for both the buyer and the fish. Here is a list of fish that new aquarists should avoid.
If you are thinking about bringing a bottom feeder into your freshwater aquarium there may be no better choice than the talking catfish. This armored catfish, known as a Raphael, is a friendly addition to almost any community aquarium.
You are in for a real surprise if you just got a green spotted puffer fish from Wal-Mart or pet store, thinking that these cool fish are just like any other fish, right? WRONG! My experience has been that these fish are very intelligent.
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.
I have been a professional breeder of Discus fish for a while now. My family owned and operated an ornamental fish exporting company in Sri Lanka and were the pioneers in the industry for over 50 years. Not only did we breed and export Discus, we...
When raising small fish fry, the first challenge you'll run into is the one that involves feeding invisible food to invisible fish. The first kind of food young fry of small fish species need is infusoria. 'Infusoria' is a term that refers to...
How to set up a self-sustaining saltwater fish tank aquarium. In this article, I contribute my own experience in the hobby.
"Brown algae" in fish tanks are really diatoms. You can control them by cleaning them out of the tank and adjusting conditions to be less favorable to them.
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.
Learning how to use live plants in aquariums will not only brighten up your tank, it'll also keep the water cleaner for your fish.
Aquariums have developed the reputation of being murky algae-covered death traps for fish. Unfortunately for many, busy lives do take over and the novelty of the new pet will fade over time and aquarium maintenance becomes a neglected household...
Some people prefer to grow these beautiful plants in ponds instead of aquariums because of their growth rate. But the difficulties of planting a red tiger lotus in an aquarium are easy to overcome.
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These small bottom-dwelling fish are loads of fun, but they are sometimes a bit tricky to care for. I offer information on feeding, tank requirements, and more based on my own experience.
Bubble tip anemones come in all sorts of colors. Green is the most common color. Their scientific name is Entacmaea quadricolor and this article will go over some of the basic care requirements as well as a few...
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
Ever found your pet goldfish floating listlessly at the top of the tank on its side? It's possible your fish isn't dead! Swim bladder disorder, a result of over feeding, may be the culprit.
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...
Learn about proper betta fish tank setup and the right and wrong ways to care for this beautiful tropical fish!
Putting driftwood in aquariums is a great way to complete the natural tank you're looking to design. It is also beneficial for your fish.
Can't keep your fish alive. The problem may be your tank setup. This article will show you how to setup a beautiful aquarium with that takes very little maintenance.