Questions & Answers

Irene Bearly | Content Manager

Questions & Answers

What is your favorite thing about working at Aquarium Co-Op?
Every day I get to wake up and work my dream job in the aquarium industry! I love how passionate everyone at the company is about helping both the customers and the fish they keep. I graduated with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and spent most of my career as a technical marketing manager for engineering companies. Then I started a YouTube channel about fish keeping and began writing articles for Aquarium Co-Op. I’m thrilled that I can combine my marketing skills with my passion for aquariums.

What has been your best moment while working for Aquarium Co-Op?
Several people have commented how my blog posts have helped them immensely in their fish keeping journey. Thank you for the kind words; they really touch and motivate me!

What do you do in your daily job at Aquarium Co-Op?
As the content manager, I am responsible for the marketing and educational content for Aquarium Co-Op. This includes writing blog posts and webpages, working on YouTube videos, designing product manuals, and supporting the other amazing members of the marketing team. 

What is your favorite fish and why?
My first love will always be corydoras because they have cool armored scales, never fight, eat everything, rarely get sick, don’t destroy plants, and make lots of babies when treated well. What more could you ask for?

What would your dream aquarium be?
I only have the space to keep nano fish and smaller aquariums, so one day I want to get clown loaches, severums, or maybe blood parrot cichlids.

What is your current favorite aquarium at home?

  • Type of tank: 20-gallon low light planted tank with community fish
  • How long has it been set up? Since March 2020
  • Fish stocking list: Dwarf chain loaches, dwarf red coral platies, hillstream loaches, otocinclus catfish, amano shrimp, and a betta fish
  • What is your biggest goal or challenge with this aquarium? Algae growth – still working on balancing the nutrients vs. lighting 

What product that we sell do you highly recommend?

  • Quarantine Med Trio – Every fish that enters my house gets preventative medications (like new puppy vaccinations), and these meds have been thoroughly tested on thousands of fish
  • Easy Green – I’ve tried to balance individual nutrients for my plants before, and it was very difficult. Easy Green makes it much easier to balance my tank so that I’m only adjusting 2 axies – how much light and how much Easy Green
  • Aquarium Co-Op Air Pump – Comes with a rechargeable battery that automatically keeps running during a power outage
  • Red Dwarf Aquarium Lily – A beautiful showpiece plant with unusual reds, interesting textures, and easy care requirements

Top 5 Tips for Hobbyists

  • Quarantine every single fish for at least 4-6 weeks, and proactively treat with the med trio if you can.
  • Don’t get so many aquariums that you can’t spend time enjoying all your fish. If you don’t enjoy a tank or it takes too much time to care for, take it down and consolidate.
  • Sponge filters are my preferred filter because I never have to worry about oxygen depletion issues, they won’t flood my house, and they rarely break down. During power outages, the beneficial bacteria on them has a higher chance of survival, and the filter automatically restarts when the power comes on
  • Buy fish and plants from local hobbyists and breeders whenever possible. They’ll have a better chance of thriving since they’re already used to your water parameters.
  • If you keep a ton of live aquarium plants and just a few fish in an aquarium, you will rarely run into water quality issues, and you won’t have to change the water in your fish tank as often.

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Irene Bearly | Content Manager