How to Use an Aquarium Air Pump (and Make It Quieter)

How to Use an Aquarium Air Pump (and Make It Quieter)

by Irene Bearly September 28, 2020 7 min read

Air pumps are commonly used with aquarium filters, decorations, and many other air-driven devices, but what exactly do they do and how do you know if your fish tank needs one? In this article, we explain when to use an air pump, how to pick the right one, and how to install it in your aquarium.

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10+ Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Fish Keeper

10+ Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Fish Keeper

by Irene Bearly December 11, 2019 3 min read

It’s that time of year again! With festive decorations popping up everywhere, most of us start thinking about what to get our friends and family for the holidays. If you're obsessed with aquariums but your loved ones know nothing about fish, here’s our official holiday gift guide to help them become the best Santa ever!
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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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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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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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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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