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How Often Do You Have to Change Water in a Fish Tank?

How Often Do You Have to Change Water in a Fish Tank?

by Cory McElroy December 26, 2016 3 min read

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.
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Surviving an Aquarium Power Outage.

Surviving an Aquarium Power Outage.

by Cory McElroy December 20, 2016 3 min read

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.

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Taking the Mystery out of Mystery Snails.

Taking the Mystery out of Mystery Snails.

by Cory McElroy December 09, 2016 2 min read

Pomacea Bridgessii or commonly called Mystery Snails are one of my favorites. This is not your average snail!
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Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) an Easy Aquatic Plant.

Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) an Easy Aquatic Plant.

by Cory McElroy December 05, 2016 4 min read

Java Fern is one of the world’s most widely used plants in planted aquariums. It slow growth, unique leaf structure, and reproduction method makes it an aquarium smash hit. Java Fern tolerates most lighting conditions and many environments – from soft acidic water to alkaline conditions, and even brackish tanks! It is also easy to find in most local fish stores; but if not, there is always some available on our website. 
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