Category: aquascaping

Photograph your tropical fish successfully

Difficult to beat the beauty of a male pearl gourami

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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Foreground plants and specimen plants

cryptocoryne balansae variety crinkly leaves

Foreground plants and specimen plants More about aquascaping basics here More about midground plants here More about background plants here 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 …

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Sprucing up an old aquarium

Sprucing up an old aquarium

Sprucing up an old aquarium Find out about how to maintain a tank here Find out about aquascaping here 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, …

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Selecting midground plants for your aquarium

Good midground plants will stand out from the background

What is a midground plant? More about aquascaping basics here More about foreground plants here More about background plants here 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 …

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Background plants for your aquarium

aquascape with clever use of various plants and driftwood

Which background plants for your aquarium? More about aquascaping basics here More about foreground plants here More about midground plants here 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 …

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Aquascaping for Beginners: Getting the basics right

Aquascaping for Beginners: Getting the basics right More about foreground plants here More about midground plants here More about background plants here 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 …

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14 best fish from Lake Tanganyika

Cyphotilapia frontosa male

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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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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Lake Malawi biotope aquarium

Malawi biotope aquarium with algae on rocks

Lake Malawi biotope See also perfect Malawi Aquarium and Breeding Malawi 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 …

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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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