Caring For Goldfish

Caring for goldfish isn’t all that different from caring for any other fish. A clean home with room to grow, meals delivered to their front door, and maybe some decor to give the place a bit of class is about all they ask for. None the less, some of their requirements do vary a bit from those of most other common aquarium fish. They’re not hard to meet, but doing so is key to keeping a happy and healthy goldfish.   Size The number one thing that seems to slip past most people looking to keep goldfish is that they … Continue reading

Picking A Filter For Your Aquarium Setup

Every aquarium needs a filter- it seems to be pretty common knowledge. But beyond that the confusion starts. One glance at the options available at the local pet store or online retailer can leave the beginning aquarist lost in a sea of possibilities. And the manufacturers tend to not make it any easier. No matter what type or size of filter they’re selling it’s the right one for you as far as they’re concerned. This leaves it up to you to pick the best option for your aquarium setup yourself. To do so, you’re going to need a bit of … Continue reading

What Is A Protein Skimmer And Why Do You Need One?

If you’ve even considered setting up a saltwater aquarium you’ve probably already heard the words “protein skimmer”. But what is a protein skimmer anyway? Essentially it’s a type filter. It removes organic compounds before they have a chance to break down and further degrade the water quality or fuel algae growth. But instead of using a filter pad or something like that it employs something know as foam fractionation. Basically, the waste molecules that a protein skimmer excels at removing are bipolar, meaning they have an unbalanced charge. In the context of the aquarium this leads to one end of … Continue reading

001: Saltwater Aquarium Equipment Part One: Filtration

The equipment necessary to run a saltwater aquarium is much the same as what is required for a freshwater aquarium, along with a few additional items. The biggest addition that’s required is a protein skimmer. You may not be familiar with protein skimmers even if you’ve kept a freshwater tank, as they only function properly with saltwater. Sumps, chillers, powerheads, and high output lighting are also more common on saltwater tanks and may be required. We’ll start by looking at filtration.   When first planning out your setup you need to decide if you’re going to want a sump or … Continue reading

001: Basic Equipment For A Freshwater Aquarium

Even the simplest freshwater aquarium requires some basic equipment to keep running. Typically for a freshwater aquarium setup this equipment can include a filter, an air pump, a heater, and a cover with a light. Lots of other gadgets and gizmos are available to solve a variety of problems or make your tank more interesting, but these are the core items you’ll need.   The filter is probably the most important piece of equipment for any aquarium, freshwater or otherwise. Without one, the water quality will quickly drop and the tank’s inhabitants will begin to die. A filter keeps the … Continue reading