Category Archive: aquascaping

Sep 20

Photograph your tropical fish successfully

Photograph your tropical fish successfully With the advent of good quality high resolution digital cameras that are nearing the quality of optical cameras, creating high quality tropical fish pictures has never been easier. If you breed your fish for pedigree surely you would want to have a visual record of your prize fish. You can …

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Aug 03

Foreground plants and specimen plants

Foreground plants and specimen plants These are plants that stand out as individual plants. They occupy the middle to front of the aquarium. They usually have large leaves and visible stems. Only a few are needed or even a single large dominating plant is a possibility. Here is a range of easy to care for …

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Jul 19

Sprucing up an old aquarium

Sprucing up an old aquarium Perhaps you have an old aquarium that hasn’t been used in a while and you want to spruce it up and make it usable once again. Or you could have an aquarium that is in use, but you have had it for a long time and you might be feeling …

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Apr 07

Selecting midground plants for your aquarium

What is a midground plant? A midground plant is a plant that acts as a filler in the mid area of the aquarium. Usually planted as individual plants. Midground plants should have distinctive large leaves and colour. They should be short plants to not block out the background. A good midground plant will stand out …

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Mar 31

Background plants for your aquarium

Which background plants for your aquarium? How to recognise good background aquarium plants What is meant by ‘background plant’? This refers to plants that will be placed along the back and sides of your aquarium. These type of plants usually grow tall and cover most of the rear of the aquarium. And finally they usually …

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Mar 23

Aquascaping for Beginners: Getting the basics right

Aquascaping for Beginners: Getting the basics right About Aquascaping Aquascaping is the art of setting-up, decorating and arranging aquatic plants along with stones, rocks, driftwood or cavework in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Also termed as underwater gardening, aquascaping was first introduced to the world way back in 1990’s by Takashi Amano from Japan, who made …

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Feb 05

14 best fish from Lake Tanganyika

14 best fish from lake Tanganyika I will assume that you know how to set up a typical lake Tanganyika aquarium with the correct hard water and high ph paramaters with typically a sandy substrate and some rocky areas with cave like structures. And that you need over filtration and many small water changes to …

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Feb 04

The aulonocara peacock cichlid aquarium

The aulonocara peacock cichlid aquarium If you have previously kept a Malawi cichlid tank and want a change or are considering setting up a new one, then you may consider setting up a peacock cichlid aquarium. Rather than having a wide range of species from lake Malawi, concentrating on just peacocks will give you an …

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Feb 01

Lake Malawi biotope aquarium

Lake Malawi biotope Reasons for creating a Lake Malawi Biotope Now more than ever, is a good time to set up a natural biotope of Lake Malawi. For instance, there is a lot of information on the behaviour and environment of most species inhabiting Lake Malawi. Which means we can recreate conditions in the aquarium, …

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Jan 28

15 best plants for beginners

Best plants for beginners to avoid plant failures Here is a list of 15 hardy tropical freshwater plants that are recommended for the beginner. 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 water …

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