Top Freshwater Aquarium Myths

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Myths and legends abound in the aquarium hobby. Like the telephone game, anecdotes get passed along, and with each telling, some bits are removed, some changed, and some added. In the end, we have a mash-up of good info and bad info. I know that in my own adventures in babysitting fishkeeping, I’ve been swayed by false information and, unfortunately, passed it on to others. So with this article, I would like to address some common misconceptions in freshwater fishkeeping. Below I have broken up several myths into a few topics. Continue reading “Top Freshwater Aquarium Myths”

Basic Aquarium Maintenance: A Beginner’s Guide

Basic Aquarium Maintenance

If you’re new to keeping fish or other aquatic pets, you may be unsure about how to properly¬† care for and maintenance an aquarium. Many people have asked me for advice on dealing with sick fish or other problems in their aquariums. My first question is usually, “How often do you maintenance your tank?” Many times people will say, “every couple of months”, “now and then”, or “what?” So I’ve written this article to outline some basic principles for standard aquarium maintenance. Continue reading “Basic Aquarium Maintenance: A Beginner’s Guide”

Aquarium Clean Up Crew

Aquarium Clean Up Crew

We hobbyists take pride in maintaining healthy environments for our pets. We struggle day-by-day to keep their homes pristine and ideally suited to their needs, but there’s always the threat of disaster looming on the horizon: algae, ammonia spikes, too many nitrates! Luckily we can enlist the help of certain organisms to keep the dangers at bay. I call them…. The Clean Up Crew! Continue reading “Aquarium Clean Up Crew”