Salt in Freshwater Aquariums: A Guide to Benefits, Usage and Drawbacks

Adding salt in freshwater aquariums is a question that fish enthusiasts hotly debate. An online search will turn up countless articles explaining the myriad benefits of adding salt to your tank. However,...

Water Chemistry: How are pH, KH, and GH Related?

As an aquarist, pH, GH, and KH are words you constantly use. You understand how essential stable water parameters are for a healthy aquarium. Correct water chemistry helps preserve your fish’s...

Bioload: An Aquarist’s Guide to Manage and Reduce It

You must have heard the word bioload or biological load if you are an aquarist. When fish are in their natural habitat, the water doesn’t remain in one place and so...

Basic Beginner Fishkeeping fish tank decorations

  THE BASICS OF FISHKEEPING     Decorations By choosing the right kind of aquarium, equipment, plants, decorations and optional accessories we lay the basis for the healthy conditions in our fish tanks. It is up...

Lifespans of over 150 tropical fish and inverts. Article 99 on the care,...

While this chart doesn't read as an article, I thought it would present best as a big, easy-to-read/search list posted in the articles section. Each fish's lifespan was vetted against no...

Water Changes in the home aquarium, Why, How Much, and How Often?

  Once upon a time, not really so long ago, there lived a lovely theory of the "Balanced Aquarium". You had this glass box, with stainless steel edges, a slate bottom, a...

Math for water changes in the home aquarium – General

In another note   Water Changes Why, How Much, and How Often?   I have talked about water changes in general terms. This time we'll look at some numbers and (gasp!) some...

Vegetable Filters for aquarium filtration

Vegetable Filters It is generally accepted that healthy plants have a beneficial effect on the water conditions in fish tanks. They absorb minerals including some metabolic waste products from the water, converting...

Biofiltration-only Canister Filters, An Alternate Technique for aquarium filtration

Canister filters have been in the hobby for a long time now, more than the lifetime of many of our current hobbyists. They most commonly are not directly attached to the...

Old Tank Syndrome, OTS: What is it, and what do we do about it?

At the other end of the line from  "New Tank Syndrome" (NTS)  is its opposite, "Old Tank Syndrome" (OTS). OTS can take several forms, a couple of which we will briefly examine...

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