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AQUASCAPING 101

Anyone can appreciate the art of aquascaping. When you consider the vast number of beautiful setups and the masterpieces created by aquatic artists such as Amano and Oliver Knott, it becomes clear that aquascaping is truly an art form. However, it also requires a plan and some vision. While an aquarium with its basic hardware supports the fish and invertebrates that fascinate us, the purposefully aquascaped aquarium inevitably captivates us. What starts as a plain [...]

2019-02-18T13:39:02-04:00January 30, 2019|Aquascaping & Decor, New to the Hobby|

AQUARIUM WATER TESTING MADE SIMPLE

Water quality is an important aspect in the keeping of fish as there are many factors that can affect it. Water for human use may be potentially harmful for fish and aquatic invertebrates. The main reason for this is the presence of chlorine and chloramines, which control harmful bacteria, making it safe for human use, but detrimental to fish gills and other sensitive membranes and tissue. Fortunately, the solution is simple. Adding water conditioner helps [...]

2018-12-20T17:42:28-04:00December 13, 2018|New to the Hobby, Water Care|

5 STEPS TO CYCLING A NEW AQUARIUM

THE NITROGEN CYCLE The nitrogen cycle (also known as 'new tank syndrome') is an ongoing process and without a doubt the most important process in helping to sustain the health of your aquarium. Without this occurrence, ammonia and nitrite, which are produced naturally, will become lethal to most livestock (i.e. fish and corals). Therefore, it is imperative to control these harmful elements by introducing healthy nitrifying bacteria into your aquarium. This is especially important when [...]

2018-12-20T17:42:37-04:00December 13, 2018|New to the Hobby, Water Care|

WATER CONDITIONER: IS IT REALLY NECESSARY?

This is a frequent question asked on aquatic forums and in conversations with aquarists. In fact, a friend was over the other day, and we were getting ready to take in an afternoon of football when, while admiring my Discus tank, he asked if I used a water conditioner. He keeps a community tank versus my half-dozen collection I must keep at all times to keep my ever-curious aquatic mind at ease. I'm a life-long [...]

2018-12-20T17:42:44-04:00December 13, 2018|New to the Hobby, Water Care|

TEST KITS: WHEN AND WHY TO USE THEM

While aquarium test kits provide you with quantitative measurements and concentrations of what is in your water that you cannot see, they are also great tools for troubleshooting various problems that can arise in your aquarium. Many aquarium keepers aren't aware that there is an excellent complete range of aquarium test kits that exist. In fact under our Nutrafin brand we offer a Master test kit that comes in a super convenient lab case complete [...]

2018-12-20T17:42:52-04:00December 13, 2018|New to the Hobby, Water Care|