• Betta sorority | The ugly truth
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    If you’re been in the aquarium hobby for a while, you might have come across the term “Betta sorority”. Many aquarists still advocate for keeping multiple female Betta fish together, as they are supposed to be less aggressive than their male counterparts. Is this actually true? Can female Bettas cohabit peacefully in aquariums as small as 10 gallons (38 L)? The world of domestic Betta keeping is riddled with myths and as you might have guessed… this is unfortunately one… Read more »
  • Ghost shrimp | Palaemonetes care & info
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    When it comes to keeping shrimp, most aquarists lean toward dwarf shrimp, or maybe the diligent Amano shrimp. Ghost shrimp, which are often sold in aquarium stores at a low price as feeders, are often overlooked. If you’re looking for an invertebrate to add to your aquarium cleaning crew or want to add some life to a nano tank, consider ghost shrimp! They’re just as fun to keep as other aquarium shrimp and entirely beginner-proof. Keep reading for everything you… Read more »
  • 9 low light aquarium plants
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    If you’ve been in the aquarium hobby for a while, you’ll know that all aquarium plants need a source of light to grow and thrive. Not all plants are equal in their lighting needs, though: some need much more than others. Looking to set up a low-tech aquarium and not having to install an expensive lighting system? The 9 plants discussed below will thrive even in low lighting conditions! Anubias (Anubias barteri, Anubias nana, etc.) No list of low light… Read more »
  • Stocking a 5 Gallon Aquarium – The Best Fish and Invertebrates to Choose
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    When most people first get into the fishkeeping hobby, they often choose a small aquarium to start out with. And it’s easy to see why: small aquariums have attractive designs, fit easily on a desktop or a counter, and will often cost a lot less than the larger alternatives. But choosing a nano aquarium (generally defined as any freshwater aquarium under 10 gallons) greatly limits stocking options, as only a handful of fish will thrive in an aquarium that small.… Read more »
  • What Fish Can You Keep in a Fishbowl?
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    So, you want to set up a fishbowl, and you’re wondering what kind of fish you can keep in it. Well, first of all, it’s important to realize there is a lot – and I mean a lot – of misinformation out there on the internet. No matter what you read, a goldfish that can grow up to 18 inches in length is not going to be happy in a fish bowl. Sadly, most goldfish probably won’t survive more than… Read more »
  • Emperor Tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri) – The Complete Care Guide for Emperor Tetras
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    Emperor Tetra Quick Stats Minimum Tank Size: 20 Gallons (76 Liters) Care Level: Very Easy Water Conditions: 5.0-7.5 pH and Soft to Moderately Hard Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C) Maximum Size: 2 ½ “(6 cm) The emperor tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri) is a small, peaceful freshwater fish, commonly available in the aquarium hobby. Emperor tetras are considered to be one of the best fish for community tanks, and they do well with most species of non-aggressive fish. Native to Columbia, these fish are… Read more »
  • Choosing Aquarium Lighting: Everything You Need To Know
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    An often overlooked aspect of the aquarium hobby is lighting. Not only does a proper lighting system add to the aesthetic appeal of your aquarium, it’s also crucial for the well-being of your fish and for the growth of your aquarium plants. Always consider the fact that your new fish has evolved to live in certain conditions in the wild. To care for them correctly, the natural living conditions need to be replicated as closely as possible. Since most tropical… Read more »
  • What Size Fish Tank Is Best For Beginners?
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    I remember what it was like to get started in the fishkeeping hobby. The amount of questions I had and the amount of information that I was consuming quickly became overwhelming and hard to digest. One of the most common questions that beginner fishkeepers ask me is what size fish tank they should start with, and almost everyone is surprised by my answer. For some reason, there is a notion that beginners should start with a smaller tank. It makes… Read more »
  • 8 Surprising Benefits Your Aquarium Has On Your Health
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    Although some people may find it hard to believe that keeping tropical fish in your home or office can improve the quality of your life, it’s actually something that has been well studied and proven to be true. From our point of view it’s easy to see why. We actually feel the benefits on a daily basis when interacting with our fish, and if you already have an aquarium in your home, you probably know the feelings we are referring… Read more »
  • How to Tell if Guppies are Pregnant?
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    Guppies are livebearers. Instead of the male fertilizing the eggs after the female lays them, fertilization happens inside the female. She retains the eggs and gives birth to live, free-swimming young, called fry. Breeding guppies is a really cool experience but it can seem a little overwhelming at first. It’s not always easy to tell if a guppy is pregnant but it’s important to pick up on it early to prepare to help her during pregnancy and give the fry… Read more »
  • The 15 Exotic and Cool Freshwater Aquarium Fish
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    One common misconception that most people have about aquariums is that you need a saltwater tank if you want brightly colored, beautiful fish. Nothing could be farther from the truth! There are plenty of exotic and cool freshwater aquarium fish that can take your tank to the next level. Plus, freshwater tanks are a little easier to care for, cost a lot less money to maintain, and the fish are hardier and easier to care for. If you’re looking for… Read more »
  • The 21 Best Tropical Aquarium Fish – Types of, Set up & Care
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    Tropical fish are a great choice for aquariums. Their bright colors and bold patterns are stunning and they’re a lot of fun to watch. While you can find tropical fish in both fresh and saltwater, the one thing they have in common is they like warm water – between 74 to 80 degrees F. There are a lot of different species of tropical fish from all over the world so finding the best tropical aquarium fish isn’t always easy. Here… Read more »