Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of interest in keeping dwarf shrimp in the home, usually planted, aquarium. Keeping dwarf shrimp is fun, rewarding, and beneficial to the planted tank; but a word of warning – once you get hooked on these interesting creatures it is hard not to want to explore the more exotic and usual varieties. Read More
Diana Walstad’s “Ecology of The Planted Aquarium” has been the standard guide to Low-Tech Aquariums since its first publication in 1999. This book has stood the test of time in the aquarium world because the content presented in the book continues to remain true. The Aquarium Hobby is constantly changing and improving (filters, lighting, equipment etc). To have a book that has “stood the test of time” with no alteration of content is not a normal occurrence in the always changing aquarium industry. Walstad is a large advocator of the “balanced” aquarium approach. In doing so, she presents that aquariums are extremely small representations of a natural environment. Read More
To mimic nature, we as hobbyists many times, need to do water changes. Most waterways have very low nitrates in the water because wastes are constantly being flushed downstream. Unfortunately for us, the byproduct of feeding our fish is nitrates. When this parameter is kept low, fish will be at their healthiest. Read More
One of the most common sad stories I hear from aquarists is how they lost all of their favorite fish in the snow storm. This year the NOAA is expecting it to be a particularly harsh, wet and snow filled winter. This means we should be prepared! There are so many things that can go wrong when the power is out.
To find a strategy that is going to work best for you, I recommend simulating a power outage.