Acrylic Aquarium

As with anything else, there are choices you’ll be faced with when picking out an aquarium. Do you want an acrylic aquarium or one made of glass? Each one of them have their advantages as well as their drawbacks. The first thing you will notice is that an acrylic aquarium is more costly than a …

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Best 75 Gallon Aquarium

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If you enjoy immersing yourself in the wonders of life underwater you’re going to love a 75 gallon aquarium! Measuring 48x18x21” in its rectangular form, it gives you a lot of space to build a beautiful marine landscape. In addition, you can have up to seventy five 1” fish or up to 37 2” fish. …

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Best 10 Gallon Fish Tank Set for the Money

10 gallon fish tank

Fish make for great pets. They are low maintenance, attractive, inexpensive in most cases, and most landlords allow them over dogs and cats. In order to make your own aquatic world for your fish to live in you will first need a fish tank. Fish tanks come in almost every size and shape, from tiny …

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Successful Disease Treatment for Aquarium Fishes

The first step in the successful treatment of diseases in aquarium fishes is early recognition and proper diagnosis. Even before a disease condition can be diagnosed it must be recognized as existing. Since the fishes cannot simply tell us that they are feeling uncomfortable we must educate ourselves as to their normal and abnormal behaviors …

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Best Freshwater Fish Vitamins For Your Pets

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When talking about fish nutrition for freshwater and marine tropical fish, we’re really talking about a lot of variables and a lot of unknowns. Only the nutritional requirements of only about a dozen fishes have been studied in detail (Fish Physiology: Hoar & Randall, Academic Press, NY) and these have all been fishes important to …

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A beginners guide to starting and maintaining a healthy fish aquarium

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Many people, impressed by tropical fish they see at friends homes, doctors offices or pet shops, decide to enter the tropical fish hobby. Many continue to maintain an aquarium for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, many find the expense frustrating enough to give up keeping fish, albeit, temporary; some give up forever in total …

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About The Aquarist

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Sizes and types of fish varied greatly over the years and I’ve enjoyed the hobby immensely.  My favorite tank was a 30 gallon African Cichlid tank. I loved the colors of the Cichlids and their personality. While working at a pet store in college, the store owner decided to begin selling saltwater fish and supplies, …

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Saltwater Fish Tank Size- What’s the Right Size for a Saltwater Fish Tank?

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One of the first questions people ask when considering starting a saltwater or marine aquarium is, “what size tank should I get?” When visiting your local pet store and looking at aquariums, the selection and variety can often be overwhelming. Not to mention that when you ask this question to different sales people you will …

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Ich Treatment: How to Treat Saltwater Fish with White Spot Disease/Ick

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One of the biggest battles I’ve had with my saltwater aquarium has been with saltwater ich. About 6 weeks ago or so I brought home a yellow tang that within a few days contracted Ich and infected my other fish as well. Two Percula clowns, a Sailfin tang, a Dragonet, and the yellow tang all …

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How to Lower Ammonia in Saltwater Aquarium

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Ammonia is the biggest killer of fish in aquariums. Typically ammonia levels build up when you Nitrogen Cycle a new saltwater aquarium, but ammonia can also build up when the fishes are too many for the size of the aquarium and hence overloading. Dead or decaying materials within the saltwater aquarium cannot be fully cleared …

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Best Freshwater Aquarium Setup

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You may be seeking the type of pet that requires as little maintenance as possible, but at the same time can offer you a great deal of pleasure and relaxation. If that is the case, a freshwater aquarium is just the ticket for you. Freshwater aquariums are easy to maintain, they are clean, they offer …

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How to Start a Saltwater Tank – Step by Step Guide for Beginners

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Before we get started, let me just say that what will be presented here is not the only way to set up a saltwater aquarium. There are as many ways to setup a system as there are people setting up systems. What will be described here is a decent middle-of-the-road system that would work for …

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Aquarium Maintenance: Guide and Tips on How to Maintain your Aquarium

How often an aquarium needs to be cleaned depends largely on the set-up, the number and type of occupants, feeding habits and filtration employed. Careful feeding, low stocking levels and good filter maintenance results in a low maintenance aquarium with good water quality. As a guide, outlined below is a time table of maintenance required …

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Best Fish Tanks and Aquarium Kits to Buy

[vc_row el_class=”aboutme_content”][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”What Kind of Fish Tank do You Want?” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]You are setting out on the freshwater side of the hobby or why else would you be here…right? This site will go though the processes to set up your best fish tank, but before we go to far into the best aquariums, lets …

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Best Aquarium Filtration Methods for Fish Tank Water

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Fish produce ammonia from their gills and in their waste. Ammonia is also released through the decomposition of food and other organic compounds in the aquarium. Ammonia is toxic to fish. In sufficient concentrations, it can kill fish rapidly and in lower concentrations it will kill them if the condition is prolonged. And. Even if …

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Best Aquarium Plants for Beginners

To many people, an aquarium is not complete without live plants and most would agree that though artificial plants have come a long way, the beauty of a tank aquascaped with healthy live plants leaves no comparison. 1. Natural Water Filters Live aquarium plants serve a real purpose in an aquarium. Plants are natural water …

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The Carnivorous Fish Diet

It is our duty as aquarists to attempt to find the best foods that provide a complete and varied diet for our aquarium fish. We can break the feeding habits of fish into three broad groups. This article will focus on the carnivorous/piscivorous fish diet. Besides the obvious differences of the diet groups i.e. meat/vegetable/combination, …

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Understanding Aquarium Filtration

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The aquarium is a living environment and therefore some natural processes take place. Fish excrete Plant leaves decay And uneaten food rots. All these processes contribute to water contamination and because the aquarium is not affected by the constant cleaning effects of currents, flow and rain present in the wild, the water can quickly become …

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Safety Precautions for Introducing New Fish to Old Fish

Like any living being, fish are prone to illness at some point in their lives. This section endeavors to explain how to keep fish healthy through proper diet and aquarium maintenance and to how to identify and treat an outbreak of disease. Receiving tropical fish It is important to be prepared to receive new shipments of …

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Best Aquarium Filter Reviews and Buying Guide 2021

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Gazing into your aquarium, watching the fish gliding leisurely among the plants, you might think: “What a wonderful, natural little ecosystem I have created.” A pleasant thought, but wrong! What you are actually looking at is a very fragile, artificial environment that would begin to deteriorate within hours if external assistance was cut off. If …

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Best Air Pumps for Aquarium

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An airpump’s primary role is to provide additional circulation and to disturb the water surface creating a larger area for oxygen exchange as described in the aeration section, (not to mystically force air into the water as is often thought) but this is not the limit to their use. An airpump is ideal for powering …

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How to make tap water safe for fish without conditioner

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Domestic tap water is a processed product intended for consumption by humans. Its composition depends partly on the original source and partly on the treatments given to it by the water companies and certainly won’t be suitable for fish in its raw state. Heavily populated cities are often connected to more than one supply. When …

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Natural Water Sources

In the introduction to water chemistry, I mentioned how fish have evolved to adapt to their natural surroundings and for a fish to be happy and healthy in an aquarium, the water’s chemical composition must be similar to that of the their natural habitat. But what is their natural habitat like? This section provides an …

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how to start the nitrogen cycle in a fish tank

Understanding the nitrogen cycle and its role in the aquarium is vital in order to maintain a healthy environment for your fish. Once fish are introduced to a body of water inevitably the initial quality of water will degrade. Fish excrete, food remains rot and plant leaves decay. The stages by which these waste products …

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How to Add CO2 to Aquarium Naturally

Do you have an aquarium at home? If so, you may be wondering how to add carbon dioxide to it. In the world of fish keeping, one of the most intimidating aspects is learning how to add co2 to aquarium naturally. The following article will go through step by step on how you can do …

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Best Reverse Osmosis System for Aquarium

A substance when dissolved in water has a natural desire to dilute itself by bonding with surrounding water molecules. When two solutions are separated by a semipermeable membrane, such as a cell membrane, pure water flows from the weaker solution to dilute the stronger one until they are both the same strength. The term used …

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How to Harden Soft Water for Aquariums

Water hardness in aquariums is a measure of dissolved mineral salts, mainly calcium and magnesium carbonates, in water. The more dissolved salts, the harder the water. Water dissolves salts and minerals as it percolates through the earth’s strata and flows over rocks etc. during the Water Cycle. The terrain over which water flows greatly affects …

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