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The Nitrogen Cycle for Everyone
If this blog had a second title, it would be "How to Not Kill Your Fish." Please read on. You may not hear about it in the pet shop, but establishing the nitrogen cycle in your new ...
by johnarthur
Complete Fish Compatability list
There are many different types of fish out there and one of the hardest things is getting the fish you love to live with ones they don't get along with. Well, this blog will hopeful help you ...
by mjrkiller308
An In-Depth Look at Molly Fish
I used to be a big fan of goldfish, I wanted nothing but goldfish, fancy tailed goldfish to be precise, but now... Well, now it is all about Molly fish. Poecilia Sphenops (Short-Finned Molly) is ...
by Wythori
HOW TO ADJUST PH LEVEL OF YOUR AQUARIUM
photo credit The biggest ever problem faced by the aquarist is maintaining a constant pH level. Many hobbyists fail to understand why a constant pH level is necessary in the aquarium and what ...
by achintya
Nano Fish For Small Aquariums
Image Everyone dreams of owning an aquarium that captures the fascinating beauty of nature's waters. The soothing trickle of water, slow sway of the plants, and the elegant swimming patterns ...
by KK F.
Your First Aquarium, How to Make It Successful
Before setting up your first aquarium, be sure you have time to care for it, and do some research. Aquarium fish originate in different parts of the world, so they have different needs and ...
by johnarthur
Fishless Cycling with fish food flakes
Purpose: To cycle a new aquarium in preparation for the addition of fish by using fishfood to generate ammonia for 1st stage bacteria to begin the nitrogen cycle. This method is kinder to your ...
by Jase
Fish Diseases ~ Sick fishy??
Fish Diseases -- The Signs of Stress and/or Disease Everyone deals with sickness in their aquarium at one time or another. This list may be extensive...but here is some information that may ...
by johnarthur
Does every tank really need an algae eater?
Congratulations! You have decided to set up your first (or tenth) aquarium. The filter, heater, substrate and decorations have all been selected, the cycle is running and you have even ...
by Christi
Solving Water Quality Issues
Most of the time when fish get sick for no apparent reason, the root cause is one or more water quality issues. First, make sure temperature and pH are appropriate for the species you are ...
by johnarthur
Care and Keeping of Common, Comet, and Shubunkin Goldfish
~History of Goldfish~ In early Chinese history, goldfish were selectively bred from wild carp. These carp had a naturally occurring gold coloration. Commons and comets were the first distinct ...
by KK F.
Safe and unsafe aquarium rocks
There is a long list of safe and unsafe rocks so I'm going to get right into it. Remember, I cant list them all. There are A LOT of them, so I just listed the most common ones, and a couple of rare ...
by mjrkiller308
5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR AQUARIUM SPARKLING CLEAN
One of the main reasons people get rid of or never purchase a fish tank is because of the odor. Thank God my 58 gallon tank (220litre) has never once emitted an odor. I keep my tank clean and avoid ...
by K.K
Bettas In Bowls or small tanks
(If you ignore the comments about the distortion of corners in a bowl, the following can all apply to small tanks too...anything under 2.5 gallons) "Why should I not put my betta in a ...
by thea
Pregnancy in Female Livebearing Fish
Pregnancy in live bearing fish is much different and less traumatic than the same process in mammals. Fertilized eggs develop inside the female fish without a placental connection, and they have ...
by johnarthur
How to reduce the flow rate of a filter
How to reduce the flow rate of a filter One of the most common types of questions I see on the MAC forums is with regards to filters and reducing filter flow rate. In this article I will try to ...
by Ebrahim
THE DRIP ACCLIMATION METHOD
The most common method for introducing new fish into an aquarium is to float the plastic bag for a while, then gradually mix the aquarium water with the fish store water in the bag. It works for ...
by johnarthur
How to paint the background of your fish tank black
I am not a fish expert - yet! - like many of the people on this site. But I have been a working artist and designer for 15+ years. I have painted everything you can paint, every color you can ...
by Mmsculpture
Another Look at the Nitrogen Cycle
Someone was asking questions about what to expect while a nitrogen cycle is developing. My response probably belongs in a blog, so here it is. Tap water usually contains no toxic nitrogen ...
by johnarthur
MYTHS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT BETTA CARE
Myth: Bettas can live in tiny bowls People think "In pet stores they keep bettas in tiny containers... the bowl I am getting is a castle compared to that. My betta will be so happy." OR "In ...
by thea
Types Of Goldfish - The Goldie Identification Guide
Image Welcome to the wonderful world of goldfish keeping! Goldies are a joy to have, and live quite a long time. They are becoming more and more popular due to their forgiving nature and ...
by KK F.
COMPATIBLE TROPICAL FISHES
Sharing some important fish names in groups you can find and keep them together in a same tank, making it easy for you guys to select your fish wisely from your LFS. And if taken proper care and ...
by Shukant
Salt in a fresh water tank?!?!?... Blasphemy!!!!
All too often, someone will ask me what to about this fish disease or that water problem and when I say "put some salt in the water" I always get this blank reaction followed by a "Are you ...
by mystic_goldfish87
The Growth and Development of Freshwater Angelfish(pterophy llum scalare)
I had an idea last week that I would go ahead and track the growth and development of the fry my angelfish laid this last Monday. Well, they were eggs at the time. Unfortunately, I did not have the ...
by Megham
So You Won A Carnival Goldfish... (AKA, The Very Basics Of Goldfish Care)
*Image from www.pamalster.com * If you are reading this, it means you've just acquired a cute little goldfish, whether its from a carnival, fair, or even a local fish supplier. ...
by KK F.
Snail Jello For Noobs Without Great Kitchens
So here is my take on snail jello. The base recipe is all over the internet, so I took that and modified a bit to better suit my tank, as well as my kitchen. I have two mystery snails in my ...
by Amber
Fish tank tips. General ideas.
I am wanting to make a blog of tips that may help someone at some point. If you have some you want adding, please pop them in the comments box at the bottom. 1) To stop floating plants from ...
by Fishobsessed
Columnaris and what I have learned...
This is a post I made on the main disease forum that accounts my own experience with this infection. I hope this will help someone else who finds themself in a similar situation. Unfortunately, I ...
by Jnb7284
Why Ammonia is Higher After a Partial Water Change
So you checked your water, and found that your ammonia levels are high. You rush to do a partial water change to get those levels down and keep your fish safe. You make sure the water is the ...
by Lithia
Nerite Snails - Neritina Natalensis
Nerite snails -- Neritina Natalensis -- are a marine snail found in tide pools and in areas where freshwater sources rush down to the sea, so their habitat is anywhere from extremely saline, to ...
by Lithia
Top 10 Common Mistakes in Fish Keeping
My new Aquarium in which I made many of the common mistakes. Hello eveybody. As a new fish keeper myself I have asked countless questions and have read countless ...
by Wythori
Why your fish may be at the bottom of the tank
There are quite a few reasons for a fish to be lying at the bottom of the tank: You did not cycle the tank The Nitrogen Cycle establishes 2 groups of bacteria which convert ammonia into ...
by Madeye
Facts on the fish - Neon Tetras!
Minimum Tank Size: Lots of people keep their neons in 10 gallon tanks, and are very successful, however, tetras of various kinds seem to come even more alive when they get into a bigger tank. 20 ...
by Jelly belly
Goldfish Constipation and What I've Learned to Help
Goldfish constipation is one of those things that sounds silly to talk about, but it’s actually pretty common with fancy goldies – especially ones who are fed a low quality, high ...
by ChrisW
Goldfish jello
Tired of messy pellets and flakes? Goldfish not fond of veggies? Goldfish jello is not only combines the essential nutrients for a fish, but it also makes a delicious treat! Goldfish jello is ...
by KK F.
Fish Keeping for the Complete Beginner: Part 1 - The Nitrogen Cycle
Fish Keeping for the Complete Beginner :) So, you bought a 10 gallon starter kit, got some (probably bad) advice from the people at the pet store, threw in some fish, and got ready to enjoy ...
by jephil0
The Complete Aquarium Glossary & References
A Actnic Activated Carbon or Charcoal Air Pump Ammonia Aquarium 101, Getting Started B Beneficial Bacteria Biological Filtration
by johnarthur
How to Protect "Your Discus Fish with the Proper Water Chemistry"
Setting up a healthy discus tank is not an easy job. For a discus aquarium, water chemistry plays a very important part of all. Not only discus but also any fish lives well in toxic free water ...
by achintya
Breeding Guppies - Part 2
How to tell Male & Female Guppy apart? It is easy to tell males and females apart. The males are a lot more colourful and have an elongated and pointed anal fin called the gonopodium. The ...
by jicebox08
Unexpected fry in your fish tank? Make your own fry box!
DIY Fry Box Get a milk jug and cut it from the base of the handle across. Rinse the milk jug very well. Clean it completely. Take a sharp blade, and scrape off the label and adhesive. Rinse ...
by JarlMarlinTheFishy

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