Category: beginner

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

10 most common mistakes beginner fish keepers

Typical overcrowded and incompatible fish tank

10 most common mistakes beginner fish keepers make and how to avoid them New aquarium hobbyists are generally an excitable bunch—they are quick to purchase all the tools necessary and eager to begin their first foray into the colorful and rewarding world of fish keeping. That excitement, however, can lead to some important oversights when …

Continue reading »

10 Different starter fish groups for beginners

rosy barb males

10 different starter fish groups for a beginner’s community tank 20 most popular fish here Nearly everyone in the fish keeping hobby starts off with a community tank. These offer the best combination of bright colors and fascinating inter-species behavior, and are easily maintained by beginners if the right fish are chosen from outset. When …

Continue reading »

The 20 most popular fish and how to feed them

The 20 most popular fish and their favorite foods Suggested beginner fish groups Fish foods Fish are just like any other pet when it comes feeding—they need to be fed regularly, and different specimens will assuredly have different tastes and preferences. Your choice of fish food will readily affect the health and wellbeing of your …

Continue reading »

How to stop your aquarium from getting dirty

Clean and clear aquarium water should be all aquarists goal

How Do I Keep My Fish Tank From Getting Dirty? Related articles Learn how to clean a fish tank. Keep your water clear. Maintain a clean aquarium long term How to keep your aquarium clean? Fish-keeping is enjoyable and rewarding for people of all ages. However, as with all the other pets, fish need to …

Continue reading »

Why do my fish keep dying?

two dead goldfish neglected in an aquarium

Why do my fish keep dying? Mistakes beginner fishkeepers make There can be several reasons for the death of your fish; however for beginners the main reason is new tank syndrome. This is a situation where you have bought new fish and placed them in a newly set up aquarium. Your fish start dying and …

Continue reading »

Fungus – the ever present danger to fish and eggs

This golden julie from lake tanganyika has fungus

Fungus – the ever present danger – to fish and eggs There are many species of aquatic fungus but by far the most common two are saprolegnia and achlya. Symptoms of fungal attack Fungus occurs as white, grey and sometimes brown fluffy growths on the skin or fins of fish or on developing eggs from …

Continue reading »

Catfish, loaches and other bottom feeders

peppered corydoras catfish

Caring for catfish, loaches and other bottom-feeders While bottom-feeding fish like catfish can be some of the most fascinating specimens in a tank, they often go underappreciated by the aquarium community in favour of more standard species. This is a shame because catfish and other bottom-feeding fish offer very real benefits for their owners. Benefits …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

Load more