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How to Properly Clean Your Fish Tank

How to Properly Clean Your Fish Tank

by Irene Bearly March 23, 2020 6 min read

When people find out you keep fish, they probably imagine a crusty, algae-coated tank where you can barely see anything swimming inside. But with just a few easy steps, you can keep your aquarium looking like a beautiful work of art. Follow along as we share our top tips for cleaning your fish tank like a pro.

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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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10 Best Coldwater Fish That Don’t Need a Heater

10 Best Coldwater Fish That Don’t Need a Heater

by Irene Bearly March 09, 2020 6 min read

Most aquarium fish require a heater because they’re used to tropical temperatures, but did you know there’s a whole class of coldwater fish that are perfectly fine at room temperature? In this article, we cover the 10 coolest fish that can live without an aquarium heater.

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The Easy Guide to the Nitrogen Cycle for Aquariums

The Easy Guide to the Nitrogen Cycle for Aquariums

by Irene Bearly March 02, 2020 4 min read

Are you getting started with your first fish tank? Then you may have heard of something called the “aquarium nitrogen cycle,” followed by a bunch of complicated scientific terms and graphs that seem a little overwhelming. No need to panic! Keep reading as we explain the nitrogen cycle in this very short and simple guide.

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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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Care Guide for Guppies – The Most Popular and Colorful Livebearer

Care Guide for Guppies – The Most Popular and Colorful Livebearer

by Irene Bearly February 17, 2020 5 min read

Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) are one of the most popular fish in the aquarium hobby because of their brilliant colors, lively personalities, and ease of breeding. In this care guide, we share our essential tips and tricks for keeping this simple yet beautiful species.

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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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7 Popular Fish You Should Try in a 20-Gallon Aquarium

7 Popular Fish You Should Try in a 20-Gallon Aquarium

by Irene Bearly February 03, 2020 4 min read

20-gallon aquariums are one of the most popular tank sizes among fish keepers because they’re small enough to keep in a bedroom but big enough that you can choose from a wide variety of fish to keep. With all these possibilities, check out our favorite freshwater fish to spiceup your aquarium with their beautiful colors and interesting behaviors.
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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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