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

75 gallon fish tank

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 55 Gallon Fish Tank: Top 10 Aquarium Reviews

55 gallon fish tank dimensions

If you’re looking for a fish tank that can accommodate multiple fish species, plants, and decorations, a 55-gallon fish tank is a great option. Not only does it provide enough space for your aquatic pets to thrive, but it also offers ample room for you to express your creativity and create a beautiful underwater world. …

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Best 20 Gallon Long Aquarium

20 gallon long aquarium

Welcome to my comprehensive guide on the best 20-gallon aquariums! As an aquarium enthusiast myself, I know that finding the right aquarium can be a daunting task. However, with the right information, you can make an informed decision that will provide a comfortable and healthy environment for your aquatic pets. Firstly, a 20-gallon aquarium is …

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Effective Fish Disease Treatment and Prevention

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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Fish Tank Photography: 7 Tips for Taking Amazing Photos of The Fish in Your Aquarium

fish photography

At one time or another, most of us have thought about photographing the fishes in our aquariums. Some of us just let the thought pass while others made the attempt, had horrible results, and vowed never to do it again. Photographing fish in an aquarium can be challenging, but with the right tips and equipment, …

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Best Vitamins for Aquarium Fish

fish nutrition

Essential Vitamins for Fish While fish require a wide range of vitamins, some of the most essential ones include: VitaChem is a vitamin supplement designed specifically for aquatic animals. It boasts a potent blend of essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D3, E, and K, among others. These vitamins …

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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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Best Size for Saltwater Aquarium

saltwater fish tank size requirements

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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Saltwater Tank Setup Checklist

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When you are setting up your saltwater fish tank, you should aim, if possible, to simulate the conditions that your fish enjoy in their wild habitat. For example, shy; nocturnal fish will want some rocks to hide behind, whereas other, more adventurous fish will need plenty of open water. What Do You Need for a …

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Best Itch Treatment for Saltwater Fish

treat fish ich

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 Levels in a Fish Tank

reduce ammonia in aquarium water

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

best saltwater aquariums

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

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Aquarium Maintenance Tips & Checklist for Beginners

aquarium maintenance tips for beginners

Before we dive into the aquarium maintenance tips, it’s important to recognize that freshwater and saltwater tanks have their unique needs. However, the core principles of aquarium care remain the same. A well-maintained tank not only looks stunning but also provides a safe and healthy environment for your fish to thrive. In this comprehensive guide, …

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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 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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What Do Carnivorous Fish Eat?

what do carnivorous fish eat

When I first started my fishkeeping journey, I found myself asking the same question that many beginners ask themselves: “What do carnivorous fish eat?” Today, I’m excited to share my knowledge and experiences to help you understand the dietary needs of these captivating aquatic predators. It is our duty as aquarists to attempt to find …

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Understanding Aquarium Filtration

best aquarium filters and filtration systems

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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Introducing New Fish to Old Fish in an Established Aquarium

introducing new fish to old fish in an aquarium

Introducing new fish to an established aquarium is a delicate process that requires meticulous planning and execution. With years of hands-on experience and a passion for sharing knowledge, I’ve crafted this comprehensive guide to ensure a seamless transition for both your existing and new aquarium fish. You might also be wondering whether all fish take …

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Best Aquarium Filter Reviews and Buying Guide

best aquarium filters

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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10 Best and Quietest Aquarium Air Pumps

best air pump for aquarium

An air pump’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 air pump is ideal for powering sponge and box …

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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 Increase CO2 to Aquarium Naturally

You’ve set up your aquarium, added some live plants, and now you want them to truly flourish. One key ingredient? CO2. Plants need this gas to undergo photosynthesis and grow lush and vibrant. Without enough CO2, your aquarium greenery can become stunted, discolored, and struggle to thrive. Luckily, there are several natural methods to boost …

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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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