How to Use a Gravel Vacuum to Clean Aquariums

How to Use a Gravel Vacuum to Clean Aquariums

by Irene Bearly February 10, 2020 4 min read

Did you know there’s an easy way to clean all the fish waste at the bottom of your aquarium without dumping everything out? Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to use an aquarium siphon (no batteries required!) to vacuum up all the detritus in your gravel.

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Care Guide for Betta Fish – The Best Beginner Pet Fish

Care Guide for Betta Fish – The Best Beginner Pet Fish

by Irene Bearly January 06, 2020 4 min read

Betta fish are a long-time favorite pet for both beginner and veteran fish keepers because of their colorful finnage and spirited personalities. This care guide covers the key points you need to know to successfully keep your first betta fish.
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Sponge Filters: The Easiest Fish Tank Filter Ever

Sponge Filters: The Easiest Fish Tank Filter Ever

by Irene Bearly October 16, 2019 6 min read

Sponge filters are one of the most popular filters used in fish stores, fish rooms, and breeding tanks because they’re so reliable and easy to use. But beginners often have many questions on how they work, how to set one up, and how to keep them clean. Check out our step-by-step instructions to help you get started with your first sponge filter.
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10 Best Aquarium Fish for Beginners

10 Best Aquarium Fish for Beginners

by Irene Bearly October 10, 2019 5 min read

If you’re getting into freshwater aquariums for the first time, it can be intimidating to know which fish to pick. Ideally, you want something hardy, budget-friendly, and colorful with an interesting personality. Check out our list of top 10 beginner fish that are easy to care for and would make a great addition to your aquarium!
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How to Choose the Right Aquarium Heater

How to Choose the Right Aquarium Heater

by Irene Bearly September 19, 2019 5 min read

One of the most common questions we get is, “Does my aquarium need a heater?” Most freshwater pet fish are cold-blooded animals that prefer 78-80°F water temperatures to help regulate their body temperature. So, if you usually keep your home cooler than that, then the answer is yes.

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Air Stones: The Secret Weapon Every Aquarium Needs

Air Stones: The Secret Weapon Every Aquarium Needs

by Angelica Bergman August 07, 2019 4 min read

Having enough oxygen in your aquarium is one of those things people often take for granted, but it’s so vital to your fish’s health. How can you make sure they're getting enough air? Find how a simple air stone can provide the ideal, stress-free environment for your fish.
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Freshwater Fish Tank Cycling - How to Prepare for New Fish

Freshwater Fish Tank Cycling - How to Prepare for New Fish

by Irene Bearly July 19, 2019 4 min read

Have you ever seen a fish in the wild living in pure, crystal clear water with no other contaminants? Probably not. That’s because life doesn’t flourish in “pristine” conditions, but rather when there’s a whole ecosystem of microorganisms, plants, and animals that are in balance with one another. So, if you’re looking to set up a brand-new fish tank, let’s talk about aquarium cycling and how to prepare a healthy, thriving environment for your fish to live in.
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Fish Tank Filters: Which One Should You Get?

Fish Tank Filters: Which One Should You Get?

by Irene Bearly May 01, 2019 7 min read

As one of the key components of an aquarium, filtration is responsible for moving and cleaning the tank water, making it safe for fish to live in. The three main types of filtration are mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration. Certain filters are better at one type versus another, so here’s a brief overview of each category:
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5 Steps to a Better 10 Gallon Fish Tank

5 Steps to a Better 10 Gallon Fish Tank

by Cory McElroy February 05, 2019 3 min read

A 10-gallon fish tank is the most sold fish tank size in the USA each year. With so many sold, they are also the cheapest fish tank sold and, when sold as a kit, quality equipment is often swapped out for cheaper equipment to be more price competitive. In this guide you’ll learn how to get your 10-gallon fish tank up to speed in 5 easy steps.
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Java Moss - Easy Low-Light Plant for Beginners

Java Moss - Easy Low-Light Plant for Beginners

by Cory McElroy December 29, 2018 2 min read

If you don’t have a green thumb and are looking for a nearly indestructible plant, the Java Moss is for you! Java Moss is one of the easiest plants you will ever grow. This moss is hardy, versatile, and beautiful. You can be sure it will add a flash of green to your tank. You would have to work harder to kill this moss than you do to keep it alive!
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