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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, [...]

2022-02-08T13:47:28-05:00February 8, 2022|FRESHWATER|

THE LAKE WANAM RAINBOWFISH

By Gary Elson Glossolepis wanamensis is a fish species being pulled in several directions, and we as hobbyists can have an influence on where and how it goes. In nature, it is probably doomed. It’s red-listed as critically endangered, but has not been seen in its home lake for quite some time. Hopefully, there are some hanging on somewhere in the Lake Wanam region of Papua New Guinea, but the introduction of African Tilapia [...]

2021-05-06T13:25:56-05:00May 6, 2021|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS, FRESHWATER|

APHYOSEMION KILLIFISH – BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE

By Gary Elson Many people see killifish as the orchids of the aquarium world. While it’s true that they have orchid-like colors, they are generally pretty easy fish to keep. If we are looking at “reasonable” micro-tanks of 5 gallons / 20 liters, you can easily put a trio of these beauties in one. Why only three? It’s a micro-tank, and despite sketchy advice you may have been given, fish need room to live. [...]

2021-02-24T12:33:19-05:00February 24, 2021|FISH, PLANTS & CORALS, FRESHWATER|

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CANISTER FILTER: ADD A UVC CLARIFIER

Ultraviolet clarification (also known as ultraviolet sterilization) is a proven technology that has a long history of aquarium use: its benefits range from controlling and eradicating suspended bacteria, suspended single cell algae, and various unwanted pathogens, to improving overall water clarity. The most effective wavelength for these purposes is 253 nm, which falls squarely into the UVC spectrum of light. While using a UVC Clarifier does not replace important aquarium husbandry practices such as [...]

2021-01-29T09:00:05-05:00January 29, 2021|FILTRATIONS & PUMPS, FRESHWATER|

AQUARIUM HEATERS: WORTH THE INVESTMENT

by Tom Sarac Tropical fish: what happens in the wild? Most fish and invertebrates are ectothermic poikilotherms, meaning their environment dictates their internal body temperature - more generally, they are known as cold-blooded creatures. Considering the stable but still slowly changing nature of tropical climates, native aquatic life requires a consistent temperature, with any changes taking place gradually and in small increments. Speaking of slight changes, the tropical rainy season is exactly that type [...]

2022-01-10T15:56:24-05:00January 5, 2021|EQUIPMENT, FRESHWATER, SALTWATER|