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How to move a large aquarium

Move a large aquarium - in the new house

Moving a Large Freshwater Fish Tank (Without killing any fish!) I have kept tropical fish for most of my life. During that time I have had the occasion to move with a 55 gallon fish tank three different times. The longest move entailed a 3 hour drive to get from my apartment in New York …

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Live rock and live sand

new live rock

Live Rock and live sand for Your Saltwater Aquarium If you are in the process of setting up a saltwater aquarium in your home and wondering about what live rock and sand are, and how to incorporate it into your tank, you will find all the answers below. What is Live Rock? Live rock comes …

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How to Clean a Fish Tank

syphoning aquarium

This article will explain how to clean a fish tank in a professional way What you are trying to achieve You need to have 2 goals when cleaning a tank. The first is to clean up the appearance of the glass in and out, the gravel, ornaments, equipment and plants, and the other is to …

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Brown algae

Brown algae growing on coral sand

Brown algae a common problem for new tanks What is brown algae? Brown algae is a form of algae called diatoms that can photosynthesise as well as obtaining chemical forms of sustenance enabling them to survive even in low light levels as long as their alternative food sources are available. Silicate, phosphorus and nitrates are …

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Starting a fish tank for beginners

beginners aquarium set up

Starting a fish tank for beginners that have never had a fish tank before. Everything that you need to know, do and buy is explained here. Which type of aquarium setup do you want? There are 3 basic aquarium setups 1. The tropical freshwater tank. This is the most common. This is an aquarium that …

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Cycling your aquarium

mature cycled aquarium

The first thing you should learn about keeping fish is cycling your aquarium. Once you understand the basic idea it will be the single most important piece of knowledge that helps you keep your fish alive. Most newbie fish keepers learn about cycling after they have set up an aquarium with fish that have died. …

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Saltwater aquarium maintenance

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Saltwater aquarium maintenance List of recommended Saltwater fish for beginners. Setting up a saltwater tank step by step guide. The importance of live rock and live sand in maintaining a healthy saltwater aquarium. Daily tasks in saltwater aquarium maintenance Once your saltwater aquarium has become properly established with all the fish, corals and invertebrates that you want …

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Maintaining a healthy livebearer aquarium

guppies and platies in a community tank

Healthy water leads to healthy fish Diagnose and treat Livebearer illnesses here. The secret to keeping healthy livebearers is in keeping the water they live in healthy and suitable for them to live in. The major element in maintaining healthy water is the continuous removal of pollution from the water. Where does aquarium pollution come from? Pollution …

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Your first saltwater aquarium: Step by step guide

Typical beginners saltwater fish tank set up

Your first saltwater aquarium: Step by step guide Buy and assemble all the equipment Equipment you will need A 120 litre 4 foot tank. This is a basic minimum size. Buy a hood with a normal lighting system. You will also need a protein skimmer, An external power filter, 300w heater, A thermometer and hydrometer …

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Water: the essential element for fish

The texture of good quality water is subtle

Water: the essential element for fish On a very basic level water is 99.98% H2O in a liquid that your fish swim, eat, breathe and excrete into. What about the other .02%? Is it important? Of course it is. It is these minute quantities of dissolved gases and dissolved solids that makes all the difference …

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