January 2015 archive

The nano marine aquarium

The fascination of the nano marine aquarium Larger aquariums are better than nano marine aquariums if you have the money If you are a newbie marine aquarist, then you may be tempted by the lower cost of buying a smaller aquarium. Or you don’t want to commit to a larger aquarium until you know you …

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Keeping aquarium plants healthy

Healthy aquarium plants in an aquarium

See also best plants for beginners and succeed with plants and aquascaping for beginners Healthy plants AND healthy fish Keeping aquarium plants healthy is vital. However, most aquarists put the welfare of their fish first and are not willing to promote the health of their plants, if it may affect their fish. I will explain …

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Breeding tropical marine fish

pair of clownfish breeding

How to start breeding tropical marine fish If you have been successfully keeping saltwater fish in a marine tank for a while then perhaps you would like to move on to breeding your fish. Many keepers of saltwater aquariums are content to just keep fish. For the brave few I will outline the basic steps …

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15 best plants for beginners

Plants flourishing in a planted aquarium

Best plants for beginners to avoid plant failures Here is a list of 15 hardy tropical freshwater plants that are the best plants for beginners. These plants don’t need much attention to grow. No special lighting, no Co2 and no fertiliser. Just tough plants that will grow in normal temperatures and most ph and hardness …

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Succeed with marine corals

Final complete marine aquarium set up

How to succeed with marine corals in your reef aquarium If you have already set up a successful marine aquarium with a host of saltwater fish, live rock, and perhaps even a few invertebrates, you might be entertaining the possibility of keeping marine corals in your tank as well. While you may have heard that …

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Clean and clear aquarium water

Clean and clear aquarium water should be all aquarists goal

Clean and clear aquarium water: A guide to water quality and management Also see: Cure and prevent cloudy or green water and Why does my aquarium get dirty Water may appear clean and clear but, actually, be absolutely toxic to your fish. You need to be able to create water that is clean and healthy …

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Aquarium pests

An aquarium blighted by algae

How to control aquarium pests Your aquarium is very similar to a carefully-tended garden in many ways, especially when it comes to unwanted pests that can accumulate, often rapidly, and begin causing damage to your delicate aquatic ecosystem. There are numerous types of aquarium pests and fish parasites that, if left unchecked, can seriously affect …

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Tropical fish keeping on a budget

home made sponge filter

Tropical fishkeeping on a budget While aquarists far and wide agree that fishkeeping is a fascinating hobby and trade, it can easily become an expensive one as well. The staggering number of new products always being released is enough to make anyone believe that an aquarium is a major investment. However, if you keep things …

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The plantless aquarium

Upright driftwood and stones on gravel base

How to approach plantless aquarium design successfully Plantless aquarium design can be very enticing both for beginning aquarists and for more experienced ones, but making your plantless aquarium a success depends on a number of key factors that need to be kept in mind during your aquarium set up and thereafter as well. Plantless aquariums …

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The dwarf cichlid aquarium

male apistogramma agassizi

The dwarf cichlid aquarium Often, aquarists are quick to dismiss cichlids as being too aggressive and territorial for their tanks that dig up the gravel and plants. However, if the aquarist instead explores the possibilities offered by dwarf cichlids, he will be amply rewarded. Dwarf cichlids, although closely related to their larger cousins, are much …

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