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Top 5 Bottom Dwellers

Top 5 Bottom Dwellers

by Cory McElroy October 27, 2018 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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A Solution to Algae—Amano Shrimp

A Solution to Algae—Amano Shrimp

by Cory McElroy October 13, 2018 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

by Cory McElroy October 05, 2018 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

by Cory McElroy September 28, 2018 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

by Cory McElroy September 22, 2018 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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Caring for African Dwarf Frogs

Caring for African Dwarf Frogs

by Cory McElroy September 15, 2018 4 min read

African Dwarf Frogs are some of the most popular additions to tanks. These little frogs are fully aquatic, so you don’t have to worry about a half aquatic and half terrain aquarium. African Dwarf Frogs will actually die outside of the water. 
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Keeping and Breeding Cherry Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi

Keeping and Breeding Cherry Shrimp – Neocaridina davidi

by Cory McElroy September 08, 2018 4 min read

As an easy addition to your community tank that’s also simple to keep, cherry shrimp are increasingly popular. These little freshwater crustaceans grow to be about 1.5” in length. Like their saltwater cousins, they have a curved body, small legs, and spend most of their time seeking shelter in tank plant life and eating. In this article, we’ll talk about the basics of both keeping and breeding cherry shrimp.
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Top 5 Centerpiece Fish for Your Small to Medium Sized Community Aquarium

Top 5 Centerpiece Fish for Your Small to Medium Sized Community Aquarium

by Cory McElroy September 01, 2018 3 min read

Creating your own ‘school of fish’ in a medium-sized or small fish tank is a fun and rewarding experience. It’s made even more fun by introducing a showpiece fish to serve as your aquatic pride and joy. A centerpiece fish draws attention, stands out through either color or size, and also gets along with the other swimmers in the community tank. Which one should you get, though? It’s a tricky question to answer since we don’t want a larger fish to gobble up the others!
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Top 5 Easy Aquarium Plants

Top 5 Easy Aquarium Plants

by Cory McElroy May 09, 2018 2 min read

Hey guys, Cory here, I made a video a couple days ago about what is, in my opinion, the top 5 aquarium plants that are not only beautiful but very easy to grow. 

 

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Which Planted Tank Fertilizer Is Right for You?

Which Planted Tank Fertilizer Is Right for You?

by Irene Bearly January 07, 2018 6 min read

Ever wonder how professionals and even advanced hobbyists make those gorgeous aquascapes bursting with plant life? It all comes down to having the three essentials that make aquatic plants happy:
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