Category Archive: cycling

Sep 17

How to move a large aquarium

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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Mar 29

Live rock and live sand

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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Mar 25

How to Clean a Fish Tank

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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Mar 02

Brown algae

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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Feb 26

Starting a fish tank for beginners

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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Feb 08

Cycling your 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 biggest 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. Only …

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Nov 28

Saltwater aquarium maintenance

Saltwater aquarium maintenance Daily tasks in saltwater aquarium maintenance Once your saltwater aquarium has become properly established with all the fish, corals and invertebrates that you want and the liverock has developed a healthy colony of de-nitrifying bacteria and other micro-organisms then your job should start to get easier. This process may take a few …

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Oct 11

Maintaining a healthy livebearer aquarium

Healthy water leads to healthy fish The secret to keeping┬áhealthy 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 in the┬álivebearer aquarium comes from …

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Sep 26

Your first saltwater aquarium: Step by step guide

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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Sep 22

Water: the essential element for fish

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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