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When Should I Dose Iron in My Planted Aquarium?

When Should I Dose Iron in My Planted Aquarium?

by Irene Bearly December 21, 2020 3 min read

Iron is an important micronutrient used by plants to produce chlorophyll, a green pigment that helps absorb light to make energy. Find out when and how much iron is needed in your planted aquarium.

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7 Best Fish Tank Ideas for a 10-Gallon Aquarium

by Irene Bearly December 14, 2020 7 min read

A 10-gallon fish tank is one of the most common “starter” aquarium sizes because it’s small enough for an apartment, kid’s bedroom, or even your kitchen counter. If you’re not sure what kind of fish to get or how to design the tank, get inspired by our 7 favorite aquarium setup ideas.
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How to Set Up a Beginner Planted Aquarium

How to Set Up a Beginner Planted Aquarium

by Irene Bearly December 07, 2020 6 min read

Looking to add live aquatic plants to your fish tank? Follow our beginner’s guide as we walk you step by step through the process of setting up your first low tech planted aquarium.
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How to Use Root Tabs to Fertilize Aquarium Plants

How to Use Root Tabs to Fertilize Aquarium Plants

by Irene Bearly November 30, 2020 3 min read

Most aquatic plants can absorb nutrients from both the water and the ground, but some species prefer one method over the other. If your plant is a “root feeder” that favors consuming from its roots, then we need to give it a nutrient-rich substrate or root tab fertilizers.
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10 Best Cory Catfish You Have to Try

10 Best Cory Catfish You Have to Try

by Irene Bearly November 23, 2020 5 min read

The adorable Corydoras catfish comes in hundreds of species with all different sizes, prices, preferred water parameters, and more. To help narrow down your options, read about our top 10 favorite corys that we can’t live without.

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How to Hatch Baby Brine Shrimp for Fish Fry

How to Hatch Baby Brine Shrimp for Fish Fry

by Irene Bearly November 16, 2020 6 min read

When it comes to raising baby fish, baby brine shrimp are one of the best live foods that money can buy. This nutrient-dense food maximizes the survival rate of fry and significantly speeds up their growth. Find out how to easily hatch your own batch of baby brine shrimp at home.

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5 Easy Plants for Goldfish Aquariums

5 Easy Plants for Goldfish Aquariums

by Irene Bearly November 09, 2020 3 min read

Goldfish are notorious for munching on or digging up aquatic plants, which is a shame because live plants are both beautiful and beneficial. Thankfully, we’ve found several plant species that are not only easy to care for but also tough enough to stand up to your goldfish’s curious nibbling.

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How to Make Gel Fish Food in 7 Minutes

How to Make Gel Fish Food in 7 Minutes

by Irene Bearly November 02, 2020 2 min read

Gel food for aquarium fish is a unique addition to the hobby that goldfish aficionados, catfish enthusiasts, and fish breeders have come to love. Find out how to make a batch of Repashy gel food in only a few minutes.

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Why is My Cryptocoryne Plant Melting?

Why is My Cryptocoryne Plant Melting?

by Irene Bearly October 26, 2020 3 min read

You just planted your new cryptocoryne plant in the aquarium, and it looks perfect for the first few days. Then you notice that one by one, all the leaves are withering away and dropping off. This phenomenon is very common with crypt plants and is often called “crypt melt.”

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What is Mulm or Detritus in Aquariums?

What is Mulm or Detritus in Aquariums?

by Irene Bearly October 19, 2020 4 min read

Is there a brown or black substance that seems to collect like dust bunnies all over the floor of your fish tank? This dirt-like material goes by many names – such as mulm, detritus, and debris – and it’s a naturally occurring part of healthy aquariums. Keep reading as we dissect what mulm is made of, whether you should remove it, and how to minimize its appearance.

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