Category Archive: maintenance

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 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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Nov 23

Common livebearer illnesses: how to recognise and treat them

Common livebearer illnesses Most tank raised livebearers are quite healthy fish. In other words they hardly ever get sick as long as their aquarum is kept clean and healthy and nothing goes wrong such as a faulty heater. However, dirty water, overcrowded aquariums, overfeeding or even a poor diet can lead to livebearers getting sick. …

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Oct 11

Maintaining a healthy livebearer aquarium

Healthy water leads to healthy fish 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 in the livebearer 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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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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Jul 18

How to cure and prevent cloudy or green water

How to Cure and Prevent Cloudy or Green Water There are a number of potential causes for cloudy or green water in a fish tank or aquarium. It is important to be able to determine the cause of the cloudiness or green color in the water so you can correct any problems in the tank. …

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