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DIY Sump Filter

Sump filters are mainly used in ponds and aquariums. A sump filter is a water filtration system that is housed in a separate container from the water it is filtering. Sump filters use porous rocks and carbons to filter impurities out of the water. Sump filters not only filter out debris, they also f

How to Change pH With a Substrate

The measure of a substance's acidity, pH levels range from 0 to 14. Higher numbers are more alkaline, while lower numbers are more acidic. Pure water has a pH of 7. Most fish prefer pH ranging from 5.5 to 8.5, and it's important to maintain the pH of your aquarium's water at the level recommended fo

Should I Change the Water While My Fish Have Ick?

Ichthyophthirius multifilis, also known as ick or ich, is a ciliated protozoan present at all times to some extent in aquariums. Normally, a fish's natural defenses are enough to combat ich infestation. However, in times of stress or illness, fish become vulnerable and the free-swimming ich attaches

Setting Up An Aquarium Maintenance Schedule

Aquarium maintenance is probably the last thing a new hobbyist considers when first deciding on keeping fish. While it is really not too tedious a task, there are still responsibilities that need to be perform to maintain your little ecosystem and many people get flustered at the early stage.

Life Span of Garden Snails

Everyone knows that a tree's age can be determined by counting its rings; few are aware that the same is true of a common garden snail. Snails grow rings in their shell as they mature that allow scientists to age them and approximate their lifespan. While modern culture tends to use the snail as the

Aquarium Plants - Different Aspects of Aquarium Plants

Aquarium plants, as the name suggests, are the aquatic plants that are small in size and can be planted in aquariums where there is artificial system of food, light and nutrition provided to the plants. Aquatic plants play their role in maintaining a true environment balance. Such plants require a p

Homemade Mops for Freshwater Fish Breeding

Providing spawning mops for freshwater fish such as goldfish, while not strictly necessary for the fish to spawn, is a good idea for a couple of reasons. First, if spawning mops are provided the female goldfish will likely lay her eggs on the mops. The eggs are naturally sticky and will adhere to th

Reef Tanks- How to Build a Successful Reef Tank

Reef tanks or reef aquariums are a great way to enjoy the beauty of the sea right from the comfort of your own home. However, of all the aquariums to start on your own including freshwater aquariums and saltwater aquariums, the reef aquarium is the toughest to start and maintain. First and foremost,

Tips on Longfin Bannerfish Care

Longfins are in fact commonly referred to as "the poor man's Moorish idol," within the aquarium trade. Longfins are not considerable less expensive than Moorish Idols. But they are much more likely to still be alive a year from now. This makes them a much more economical species. Thes

Use of Plenum in Refugium

Plenum is a relatively new term in aquarium keeping, meaning simply a space underneath the substrate (sand or gravel) of a refugium, separating the substrate from the bottom of the aquarium. Occasionally, use of a plenum with plenty of gravel and live sand (sand filled with beneficial bacteria and o

Common Pleco Habitat

Plecostomus (Hypostomas plecostomus) are a freshwater species from tropical and subtropical Central and South America. They are a member of the scientific family known as Loricariidae, which is the largest family of catfish and includes over 700 species. These fish are most well known for the bony p

Tips on Blue Spot Butterflyfish Care

The blue spot butterflyfish or Chaetodon plebius is a member of the family Chaetodontidae. They are indigenous to the coral reef systems found in the shallower regions of the Indo-Pacific.

How to Remove Floating Pond Algae in South Carolina

Fish ponds are very common in the warm climate of South Carolina. Many pond owners, however, grow frustrated at the buildup of unsightly floating algae in their pond. This algae is called string algae, and will also attach to plants and rocks in your pond. Proper use of an algaecide can help get th

Hatching Brine Shrimp for Tropical Fish

I HAVE found existing guides for hatching brine shrimp on the Internet overly complex. I have been hatching brine shrimp for tropical fish since I was a child and can confidently say that it is not a complicated process. Brine shrimp are a great live food source for tropical fish, especially if you

Aquarium Plants - Artificial Vs Real

Nothing makes an aquarium look better then aquarium plants.The big question is should you use artificial or realaquarium plants.

Ways to Setup Your Discus Aquarium

Advice on setting up a Discus fish aquarium. Discusses whether or not to have plants in an aquarium and also the different aquariums set-ups for breeding Discus fish.

How to Make a Homemade Fish Tank Filter

Filters are critical to the health of your aquarium's residents, removing physical and chemical waste products and making maintenance easier. They also provide life-giving oxygen to your pets, which are being kept in relatively small, closed volumes of water.This simple aquarium filter will co

Reasons for Freshwater pH Levels to Be High

The pH, or percent Hydrogen, of water is simply a measurement of the level of the acidity in water. Although many fish can thrive in a variety of pH levels, some fish require a very particular, if not an exact, pH. A pH value is measured on a scale of 1 to 14, with 7 being neutral; therefore anyth