Category: stones

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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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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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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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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Tropical fish keeping on a budget

home made sponge filter

Tropical fishkeeping on a budget While aquarists far and wide agree that fishkeeping is a fascinating hobby and trade, it can easily become an expensive one as well. The staggering number of new products always being released is enough to make anyone believe that an aquarium is a major investment. However, if you keep things …

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The plantless aquarium

Upright driftwood and stones on gravel base

How to approach plantless aquarium design successfully Plantless aquarium design can be very enticing both for beginning aquarists and for more experienced ones, but making your plantless aquarium a success depends on a number of key factors that need to be kept in mind during your aquarium set up and thereafter as well. Plantless aquariums …

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Rocks for your aquarium

planted rocky malawi aquarium

How to select the right rocks for your aquarium While many aquarists around the world have no problem discovering their favourite varieties of fish, finding them, and then creating the perfect underwater environment for their fishkeeping hobby, determining how to select the right rocks for your aquarium can be a different story altogether. Many beginning …

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