Otocinclus, the Wonder Cat!

Don't worry - even through all that stress, Otocinclus can still thrive in your aquarium. Here are a couple of simple tips that will greatly increase the survivability of your new pet:

Vallisneria – The One Plant Wonder.

Whether you've got a green thumb or are green with envy, you can have a planted aquascape that looks like a slice of nature. Don't worry, it won't be hard or expensive.

Livebearers are Becoming Weaker.

In many older books and magazines you'll read how livebearers like Endler’s Livebearers and Guppies are great for beginners because they're hardy. This was once true, however now that we are many generations away from wild stock, some of them have become quite weak. Unfortunately, most livebearers are now mass produced. As we all know, when things go into mass production, the quality will decline. I hope to offer some tips to help you be successful with livebearers in spite of the new challenges.

Red Cherry Shrimp - Neocardinia heteropoda - Care and Breeding

If you follow a few simple steps you will find it fairly easy to enjoy these active little creatures as they go about their day hunting for food and tending “their plant garden.”

Is a Nano Aquarium right for me?

In recent years, the nano aquarium section of the aquarium hobby has been exploding in popularity. With many small fish becoming more available in the hobby, increased popularity of shrimp and other inverts, and even a few striking new discoveries in the last several years, the appeal has never been higher. For many people, the convenience of a small home aquarium is very inviting; however, there are some potential difficulties to consider.

Book Review: Ecology of The Planted Aquarium

Diana Walstad’s “Ecology of The Planted Aquarium” has been the standard guide to Low-Tech Aquariums since its first publication in 1999. This book has stood the test of time in the aquarium world because the content presented in the book continues to remain true. The Aquarium Hobby is constantly changing and improving (filters, lighting, equipment etc). To have a book that has “stood the test of time” with no alteration of content is not a normal occurrence in the always changing aquarium industry. Walstad is a large advocator of the “balanced” aquarium approach. In doing so, she presents that aquariums are extremely small representations of a natural environment.

How to Change Aquarium Water correctly.

How to Change Aquarium Water correctly.
To mimic nature, we as hobbyists many times, need to do water changes. Most waterways have very low nitrates in the water because wastes are constantly being flushed downstream. Unfortunately for us, the byproduct of feeding our fish is nitrates. When this parameter is kept low, fish will be at their healthiest.

Surviving an Aquarium Power Outage.

One of the most common sad stories I hear from aquarists is how they lost all of their favorite fish in the snow storm. This year the NOAA is expecting it to be a particularly harsh, wet and snow filled winter. This means we should be prepared! There are so many things that can go wrong when the power is out.

To find a strategy that is going to work best for you, I recommend simulating a power outage.

Taking the Mystery out of Mystery Snails.

Pomacea Bridgessii or commonly called Mystery Snails are one of my favorites. This is not your average snail!

Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) an Easy Aquatic Plant.

Java Fern is one of the world’s most widely used plants in planted aquariums. It slow growth, unique leaf structure, and reproduction method makes it an aquarium smash hit. Java Fern tolerates most lighting conditions and many environments – from soft acidic water to alkaline conditions, and even brackish tanks! It is also easy to find in most local fish stores; but if not, there is always some available on our website.