What To Do With Your Aquarium When You Go On Vacation

All pet owners face the issue from time to time of what to do when they want to, or have to, travel. With most pets it’s pretty simple. Cats, dogs, and the like are easy to move and even non pet people know enough to meet their basic needs. But fish are different. Unless the tank is tiny then it’s not going anywhere and while most people know fish need food the knowledge stops there. And even just properly feeding a tank can be a challenge for someone unfamiliar with fish. Even more so an aquarium relies heavily on lots … Continue reading

Controlling Algae In Your Aquarium

What is Algae? Algae are a very diverse group of simple mostly unicellular organisms. Many of the various groups of algae types are not even closely related so it’s easier to understand why they can take such a wide array of growth forms, patterns and reproductive strategies among other differences. They are not plants, as even multicellular species lack the organization and specialization typical of plant cells. Algae typically function in much the same way, however- by gathering simple nutrients from their surrounds and converting them to food through photosynthesis, releasing oxygen as a byproduct. Overall algae’s needs are pretty … Continue reading

So You Didn’t Cycle Your Aquarium Before Adding Fish

All too often the question comes up online- why are my new fish dieing? The first answer is usually another question- did you cycle your tank? Nearly every time the answer is no.   The aquarium cycling process is a very important step that’s skipped far too often by beginners. This usually leads to dead fish and a frustrated aquarist. But fear not! Even if you didn’t cycle your tank before adding fish all hope is not lost.   First, a quick overview on what this cycle is and why it’s important. Basically, all of your fish are continually releasing … Continue reading

Common Problems And Solutions For Freshwater Aquariums

When it comes to aquariums problems are inevitable. Old or new, big or small- it doesn’t matter. Problems will appear. Finding the cause and fixing it before things get out of hand is key to long term success. They also present a good opportunity to learn a little more about how your aquarium functions and how to keep it healthier in the future. The majority of problems ultimately boil down to an issue with water quality. This isn’t surprising, as the water is pretty much the most important part of a successful aquarium setup. Nonetheless, just what exactly is wrong … Continue reading

004: Getting Your Aquarium Into Place

Okay, so you’ve got your new aquarium home and have found a suitable place to set it up. But before you get too far along there are a few more things to be done. First, even with a new aquarium, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough rinse. Don’t use soap, though, as it can leave behind residue that will be harmful to future inhabitants. This applies to all equipment, tools, and any other items destined for the inside of the tank as well. Should something require more cleaning than what water alone can offer, vinegar may be … Continue reading

003: Finding An Appropriate Location to Set Up Your Aquarium

Every aquarium needs some space to call its own within your home. And while there are likely numerous places in your home where your new tank would technically fit, finding one that’s just right is crucial to your long term success- or to keep you from pulling your hair out at least! You probably have already picked out a spot you think will be suitable for your new tank. But before you go dragging your aquarium into place it’s a good idea to make sure the location you’ve chosen is right for it. Finding a different place now will be … Continue reading

002: Choosing An Appropriate Aquarium Type And Size

Even today the rule of thumb of one inch of fish per gallon continues to be passed around. Of course with a little thought you realize this logic is flawed. A dozen tiny one inch fish will have no where near the same impact on the water quality as one giant foot long fish. Instead, look at the surface area of the tank. The larger the surface area to total volume the better. This is particularly important for planted and reef tanks, as lots of area allows for lots of plants or corals. Not only will this mean better gas … Continue reading

001: The Responsibility That Comes With An Aquarium

When you think of an aquarium, all sorts of wonderful images come to mind. Maybe you picture the bright colors of a coral reef or the lush vegetation of a planted tank. But what you probably don’t picture is you, arm deep in that aquarium trying to restart a clogged filter. For every gallon of water in that breathtaking aquarium you see, there is a gallon of blood, sweat, and tears that went into making it what it is. There are many things to consider before deciding to set up an aquarium.   Of course before you can do anything … Continue reading