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Air Stones: The Secret Weapon Every Aquarium Needs

Air Stones: The Secret Weapon Every Aquarium Needs

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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Banana Plant – An Unusual Aquarium Plant for Beginners

Banana Plant – An Unusual Aquarium Plant for Beginners

2 min read

Have you ever seen this bizarre plant at your local pet store that looks like it’s growing a bunch of baby bananas? Say hello to the aquatic banana plant, also known as the banana lily or Nymphoides aquatica.
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5 Quick and Easy Steps for Treating Fin Rot

5 Quick and Easy Steps for Treating Fin Rot

3 min read

What do you do if your fish’s fins and tail are looking ragged or discolored? It may be a bacterial disease called fin rot. This illness is simple enough to treat but can lead to other serious complications if left unchecked, so follow our five easy steps for curing fin rot.
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Freshwater Fish Tank Cycling - How to Prepare for New Fish

Freshwater Fish Tank Cycling - How to Prepare for New Fish

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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Marimo Moss Balls – The World’s Easiest Aquarium “Plant”

Marimo Moss Balls – The World’s Easiest Aquarium “Plant”

3 min read

Do you lack a green thumb when it comes to keeping live aquarium plants? Or maybe you want to add a touch of nature to your betta fish tank without a lot of effort? Let me introduce you to the marimo moss ball.
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Fish Tank Filters: Which One Should You Get?

Fish Tank Filters: Which One Should You Get?

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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6 High-Quality Fish Foods That You Have to Try

6 High-Quality Fish Foods That You Have to Try

5 min read

When it comes to prepared fish foods, what do you feed? Are you a die-hard fan of Team Hikari or a DIYer on Team Repashy? Or are you like me, who has a serious case of fish food collectoritis and a fridge door filled with half-empty bottles?
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5 Steps to a Better 10 Gallon Fish Tank

5 Steps to a Better 10 Gallon Fish Tank

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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Otocinclus Catfish Care Guide

Otocinclus Catfish Care Guide

3 min read

With their docile attitude, Otocinclus Catfish can be a great addition to your tank. These little Catfish have no mean bones in their body and will not attack other animals in your tank. You can safely add numbers to your tank without risking shows of aggression with the Otocinclus Catfish.
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Tiger Lotus, Bulb to Beauty

Tiger Lotus, Bulb to Beauty

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When looking to add plants to a freshwater aquarium, there are endless choices. Color and shape are some important things to consider when trying to achieve the most pleasing look overall. One plant that is both beautiful and relatively simple to maintain, is the Red Tiger Lotus. With its broad, red leaves and interesting growth habits, it can certainly bring a new and stunning aesthetic to an aquarium.
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Java Moss - Easy Low-Light Plant for Beginners

Java Moss - Easy Low-Light Plant for Beginners

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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Rasbora Hets and Espei Rasboras – Great For Planted Aquariums

2 min read

The Rasbora fish species deserve their great popularity for so many reasons, including their docile temperaments, their easy care, their bright colors, and their relatively small size. They are a social fish, so it’s recommended that you get at least six of the kind that you choose!
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DIY Planted Background Wall

DIY Planted Background Wall

4 min read

Have you been wanting to change up your aquarium background to something unique? Perhaps it’s time to try a planted wall! A wall of plants is a great way to add extra foliage and shelter for your tank while giving your tank and an incredible and unique look.
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Daphnia Culturing – How to Raise Daphnia

Daphnia Culturing – How to Raise Daphnia

6 min read

How would you like to cultivate and raise your own separate tank of Daphnia (also known as water fleas)? These tiny plankton-like freshwater crustaceans grow to about 3 millimeters in length or less. They’re actually kind of cute looking as you watch them swim almost vertically in their tank. They live quite happily in large groups within a tank, so that you can harvest them when you need them to feed your fish, tadpoles, salamanders, newts, or aquatic insects.
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How to Plant Anubias or Java Fern on Rocks 

How to Plant Anubias or Java Fern on Rocks 

3 min read

Anubias and Java Fern are two excellent freshwater plant options for low light tanks. Unlike most freshwater plants, they can go in aquariums that feature African Cichlids or Goldfish. These two plant species are easy to care for and not demanding at all. You can leave them in the pot, attach them to driftwood, or, like we’re doing here in this week's blog, plant them on aquarium rocks. They’re the hardiest and easiest to work 
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Top 5 Bottom Dwellers

Top 5 Bottom Dwellers

5 min read

If you are in the market and looking to add a few bottom-dwelling cleaners to your tank, this list is for you! Our list of the Top 5 Bottom Dwellers gives you a list of our top choices for the best fish that you can add to your tank to keep it functional and attractive.
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Keeping Java Moss

Keeping Java Moss

2 min read

If you don’t have a green thumb and are looking for a nearly indestructible plant, then 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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A Solution to Algae—Amano Shrimp

A Solution to Algae—Amano Shrimp

2 min read

Algae can become a natural problem in any tank. With the right amount of light and other factors, it can take over in no time, being both unsightly and potentially troublesome. There are many choices when it comes to getting algae under control, but having an algae eater, like shrimp, in the tank is one of the easiest and most efficient.
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Our Favorite Easy & Low Light Plants: Cryptocoryne lutea and Vallisneria

Our Favorite Easy & Low Light Plants: Cryptocoryne lutea and Vallisneria

3 min read

Lots of aquarists are drawn to planted aquariums. They are, of course, natural and beautiful to look at and they also provide a rich and healthy environment for the fish and other animals that live in them. A lot of times, however, newer aquarists especially, struggle with choosing the right plants for their planted aquarium. There are many things to consider when choosing plants that will yield the most successful results.
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Neon Tetras and Cardinal Tetras

Neon Tetras and Cardinal Tetras

3 min read

Incorporating a colorful fish into your tank can make it pop and stand out. A tank can become the center of attention. However, adding more than just a few new fish may not be bold enough for you. Instead, adding an entire school of them may give the tank the appearance you are looking for.  From far away, your tank can be eye-catching as a school of small, colorful fish dance their way into view. A school of Cardinal or Neon Tetras could be your next perfect addition to your aquarium. 
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Apistogramma the Dwarf Cichlid

Apistogramma the Dwarf Cichlid

3 min read

How would you like to have a small, brightly colored, inquisitive, and wonderful new type of fish to add to your tank as a showstopper or within a community tank? Then we think you’ll really enjoy the entire Apistogramma family. Also known as Dwarf Cichlids, these great fish did fall out of favor for a little while, but they’re making a comeback – and with good reason.
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