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Algae Eaters

Algae Eaters

First, it’s good to understand what algae is. Algae is a plant that grows with significant amounts of uneaten food and waste. Different types of algae can bloom. Some appear free-floating, others can seem scummy. They can also create filmy layers of the sides of your tank and on features in the environment. They can also appear grass or seaweed-like or be a dirt-brown colour.

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Discus, the king of the aquarium

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Discus, the king of the aquarium

The Discus fish is often regarded as the 'King of the aquarium' amongst fishkeepers due to their spectacular colours and almost royal like behaviour within the home aquarium.

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Neon Tetras and Cardinal Tetras

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Neon Tetras and Cardinal Tetras

Both Neon and Cardinal Tetras originate from South America. Though most you will find in aquariums will be captive breeds. This makes them more tolerant of water conditions.

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The importance of water testing!

The importance of water testing!

Do not fret! No university degrees are necessary to be a successful aquarist. But even beginners to the hobby need to know the basics. They are vital to maintaining a healthy and trouble-free aquarium. PH, ammonia, general hardness, carbonate hardness(alkalinity), nitrite and nitrate levels— these are what you test for and keep an eye on. You do not want to send your dear fishes on a roller coaster ride of unstable water conditions.

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Emersed and Submersed plants

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Emersed and Submersed plants

Many varieties of aquatic plant are interchangeable in their ability to live emersed or submersed. But, when you decide on the look you are going for, do not change their environment too often. It will cause them stress, and they will likely die. When you know what you want, and change their environment to suit, it can take up to months for a plant to adapt. Patience is key.

 

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