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THE BASICS OF ACCLIMATING NEW FISH

by Tom Sarac Purchasing new fish for your aquarium is always an exciting event - there’s nothing quite like choosing a fish from the store and watching it explore its new home in your tank for the first time. Like most things concerning proper fish care, a little planning goes a long way when acclimating new fish. Starting with the actual purchase of the fish, make sure you return straight home afterwards: avoid shopping [...]

2022-07-04T14:36:25-05:00June 17, 2022|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS|

T SERIES HEATERS: BETTER DESIGN FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE

By Tom Sarac An aquarium heater is an essential piece of hardware for the keeping of most tropical fish, as consistent temperature is key to their health and long-term wellbeing. While temperature does fluctuate in the tropics, it does so at a slow and consistent pace within a narrow range. This means that an aquarium heater not only has to function accurately, but should incorporate features that help the aquatic enthusiast maintain and monitor [...]

2022-05-17T09:44:52-05:00May 17, 2022|EQUIPMENT|

DO ALL PLECOS EAT ALGAE?

by Tom Sarac Plecostomus belong to the family of suckermouth catfish: in more exact terms, the family Loricariidae, commonly grouped together under the name Plecos. The Common Pleco, Hypostomus plecostomus, is the fish that is most often purchased and referred to as the “janitor fish”. Typically seen in most fish shops are “Pleco” specimens of a few inches in length. Little do many know that these fish max out at over a foot in [...]

2022-04-18T14:30:04-05:00April 13, 2022|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS|

THE FLUVAL SHAKER COLLECTION

Planning and searching for an aquarium and cabinet set for a living space is always a fun event. Researching the type of fish, plants and décor is important when determining the size of the aquarium, but there is more to think about: do not underestimate the importance of considering the properties of the actual aquarium and cabinet set itself! There are several key factors that will not only impact long term durability and reliability, [...]

2022-02-08T13:47:02-05:00February 8, 2022|FRESHWATER|

KEEPING FRESHWATER ANGELFISH

By Tom Sarac Origins and Description Freshwater angelfish are one of most commonly kept tropical fish, and are fundamentally important in increasing the popularity of fishkeeping. The angelfish consists of 3 species of the genus Pterophyllum: scalare, leopoldi, and altum. They originate from two massive watersheds in South America, the Amazon and the Orinoco, but can be found throughout the Guiana shield as well. Of the 3 species, P. altum is the most distinct [...]

2021-12-07T14:29:50-05:00December 7, 2021|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS|