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5 Steps to a Better 10 Gallon Fish Tank

5 Steps to a Better 10 Gallon Fish Tank

by Cory McElroy February 05, 2019 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

by Cory McElroy January 12, 2019 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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Java Moss - Easy Low-Light Plant for Beginners

Java Moss - Easy Low-Light Plant for Beginners

by Cory McElroy December 29, 2018 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

by Cory McElroy December 22, 2018 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

by Cory McElroy December 08, 2018 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

by Cory McElroy December 01, 2018 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 

by Cory McElroy November 10, 2018 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

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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