10 Best Algae Eaters for Freshwater Aquariums

10 Best Algae Eaters for Freshwater Aquariums

by Irene Bearly July 20, 2020 6 min read

If your aquarium is covered with unsightly algae, you need some hungry helpers to get the outbreak under control. In this top 10 list of amazing algae eaters, we’ve gathered animals that are not only safe for aquatic plants but can often work together for increased effectiveness.
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How to Get Rid of Blue-Green Algae in Aquariums

How to Get Rid of Blue-Green Algae in Aquariums

by Irene Bearly May 18, 2020 3 min read

Do you have a mysterious, blue-green slime taking over your aquarium? Or is there a strange smell coming from your fish tank? You might be dealing with blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria). In this article, we cover the causes of blue-green algae and how to get rid of it once and for all.

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Quick Guide: How to Plant Live Aquarium Plants

Quick Guide: How to Plant Live Aquarium Plants

by Irene Bearly May 04, 2020 7 min read

Congrats on buying your new aquarium plant! This quick guide leads you step-by-step through the recommend ways for adding different types of live plants to your aquarium.

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Top 10 Easy Aquarium Plants for Beginners

Top 10 Easy Aquarium Plants for Beginners

by Irene Bearly March 16, 2020 6 min read

Planted aquariums are very popular nowadays because of their natural beauty and amazing ability to consume toxic waste compounds. However, many beginners have trouble keeping their green foliage from turning brown. After more than a decade of working with aquarium plants, we’ve thoroughly vetted out our list of top 10 easy aquarium plants that can stand up to a beating and won’t break the bank.
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How to Use Pothos as a Natural Aquarium Filter

How to Use Pothos as a Natural Aquarium Filter

by Irene Bearly February 24, 2020 3 min read

One of the reasons we love aquarium plants so much is because of their amazing ability to absorb the toxic nitrogen compounds produced by your fish's waste, but what if you own fish that are natural-born plant killers? Enter the pothos plant! Keep reading to learn more about nature’s miracle gift to fish keepers.

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How to Fight 6 Types of Algae in Your Fish Tank

How to Fight 6 Types of Algae in Your Fish Tank

by Irene Bearly January 27, 2020 7 min read

Do you dream of having a beautiful aquarium but end up constantly fighting to keep algae at bay? In this article, we discuss the root causes of algae, the most common types found in freshwater aquariums, and the best ways to keep it under control.

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Nutrient Deficiencies: Why Your Aquarium Plants Are Dying

Nutrient Deficiencies: Why Your Aquarium Plants Are Dying

by Irene Bearly January 20, 2020 5 min read

Do you have the perfect planted aquarium setup, but your plants are still dying one by one? Even if you’re regularly dosing fertilizers, your plants might still be missing key nutrients. In this article, we want to teach how to recognize the first signs of nutrient deficiencies so that you can take appropriate measures before your plants reach death’s door.

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How to Pick the Best Substrate for a Planted Aquarium

How to Pick the Best Substrate for a Planted Aquarium

by Irene Bearly December 24, 2019 5 min read

Planted tank substrate is the “soil” at the bottom of the aquarium that many live plants need in order to grow roots and absorb nutrients. But with so many options to choose from, how can you tell which one is best? This article provides a basic foundation on aquarium substrates and how to pick the kind that’s right for you.
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How to Set Up an Easy Planted Tank for African Cichlids

How to Set Up an Easy Planted Tank for African Cichlids

by Irene Bearly November 27, 2019 4 min read

It’s a popular belief that African cichlids and live aquariums plants can never go together. But with the right stocking choices, plants can be an excellent means of blocking aggressive males and protecting young fry. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up an eye-catching planted tank for your African cichlids.
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How to Pick the Best Planted Aquarium Light

How to Pick the Best Planted Aquarium Light

by Irene Bearly November 13, 2019 4 min read

One of the most common questions we get asked is “What light should I get for my planted aquarium?” The short answer is that it depends. To help you get started on your planted tank journey, let’s talk about three different lighting parameters and what they mean for beginner hobbyists.
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