5 Signs of Trouble in Your Aquarium

5 Signs of Trouble in Aquarium

Okay, so ideally you should have an array of equipment, charts, and potions that allow you to assess the health of your aquarium. Things like water test kits, thermometers, and a regular maintenance schedule are critical to keeping your aquatic pets happy and healthy. But sometimes one or more of these tools aren’t available, or you might be new to the hobby, and just don’t know what’s going on half the time. If you are new to the hobby, you should consider reading my articles on water parameters, aquarium filtration, the nitrogen cycle, and tips for beginners.

Okay, you’ve read the articles, and would now like to get on with it! So what are some signs to look for that indicate things might be going wrong? Below is a list of five things to look out for: Continue reading “5 Signs of Trouble in Your Aquarium”

6 Aquarium Tips for Beginners

Alrighty, let’s grab a mixed bag of Angelfish, Bettas, Guppies, and an Oscar from PetMartCo┬« and slap those puppies in a 3 gallon Tetra Kit tank. I mean, that’s what the picture shows on the box, right? WOAH! Slow down, Hoss. Let’s rewind a bit and go about this a different way.

So you’re thinking of getting into the aquarium hobby, but you don’t really know where to begin. That’s OK. I’ve brought together what I think are the 6 most important things to keep in mind when getting started. I wish I had this list at the beginning… Continue reading “6 Aquarium Tips for Beginners”

Top 10 Beginner Aquarium Plants

Many aquarium hobbyists start out with something like the Tetra 3 Gallon Aquarium Kit (which I own and love) and a couple plastic plants, and things are going great! Maybe they add a few fancy guppies, and now there are fry all over the place! Awesome! Now they are thinking, “Maybe I’ll get some LIVE plants to really jazz this puppy up.” Then they drive over to PetSmartCo┬« and pick up some dwarf baby tears… and it completely fails. Now that poor hobbyist decides plants are too much trouble and totally not worth it!

I would like to avoid this scenario in the future by putting together a list of 10 relatively easy aquarium plants for beginners. I have picked out these plants because they are pretty forgiving with the amount of light they need, nutrient demands, and ease of planting and trimming. These plants definitely do not need any pressurized CO2 or any other bells and whistles.

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