Aquariums FAQs

Fish requires little maintenance and is more economical to keep than most pets. However, just like any hobby, fish keeping entails doing certain tasks on a regular basis. Fish keeping is not difficult at all, but only when approached the right way. As with other pet hobbies, a certain amount of preparation is required before investing in aquarium materials and livestock. A number of skills will be called, but they can be quickly learned. Learning about the fish and its particularities - where it came from, how big it will get, its temperature requirements, biological clock - will help you make the best decisions towards creating the best environment for your fish. The surefire way to succeed in fish keeping is to know as much as you can about aquarium set up and aquarium ecology - the kind of water to put, how to create water movement, how to prevent algae growth, how to metabolize nitrogen waste. Once these concepts are learned and put into practice, both beginner and season aquarist will reap the reward of their efforts and financial investment: an attractive-looking aquarium with healthy fishes swimming in it.

How do I clean up or vacuum substrate in my aquarium?

To maintain healthy environment in the tank, substrate should be cleaned regularly, too. Many aquarists neglect to change the substrate, not knowing that bits of fish food and waste often collect in the substrate. The waste causes bacteria and algae to grow, causing the water to become cloudy. Aquariums with gravel bed should be cleaned at every water change to remove organic matter trapped in t...


What is Cycling an Aquarium?

The most common mistake of beginner hobbyist is tossing fish into the tank as soon as it reaches home. “New tank syndrome” - not allowing water to mature (cycle) before putting livestock in - is often the most common cause of sudden fish death. Before introducing fish stock in the aquarium, an aquarist must cycle water first. Aquarium cycling is the process of growing beneficial bact...


How often should I change water in the aquarium?

One of the most common mistakes of beginner aquarists is to change aquarium water only once it looks dirty. After all, they have installed a mechanical filter. Unfortunately, filters can only remove physical dirt. They cannot remove ammonia build-up that is toxic to fish. Consistent water quality is the key to a healthy aquarium, and this can only be achieved through regular water change. Regula...


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