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Is light-hearted fun, information, and different views on all things aquarium and tropical fish tank-related

Tips and tricks that we have learned over the years of keeping tropical fish.


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In 2006, renowned ichthyologist Heiko Bleher made a discovery. While exploring the intricate waterways of the Amazon, Bleher stumbled upon a new species of the widespread Paracheirodon genus, which includes the well-known Neon Tetra and Cardinal Tetra. This new species, found in the Rio Purus system south of the Amazon River, has captured the interest of fish enthusiasts and scientists alike.
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Treating fin rot in tropical fish involves a multifaceted approach focusing on improving water quality, identifying and eliminating the root cause of stress, and administering appropriate treatments. 

Over-the-counter or antifungal medications specifically designed for treating fin rot are available. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Treatments like Maracyn (erythromycin) or Furan-2 (nitrofurazone) can be effective against bacterial fin rot, if it is available to you. Methylene Blue can also be an effective treatment available from most LFS and pet shops.  Always consult with a vet or an experienced aquarist before medicating fish.

Effective treatment hinges on accurately identifying fin rot early on. Various treatments are available, ranging from over-the-counter remedies to improve water quality and reduce stressors to antibiotics for more severe cases. In addition to treating the affected fish, addressing underlying issues such as water quality, overcrowding, and nutrition can help prevent future outbreaks and ensure a healthy environment for your aquarium inhabitants.

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For fish keepers, mastering the essentials of aquarium care is crucial to maintaining a healthy and balanced aquatic environment. After all, happy fish make happy fishkeepers, right? There is a wide range of parameters to monitor. However, the most critical factors to understand are KH (carbonate hardness), GH (general hardness), and PH (potential hydrogen) levels. These parameters play a significant role in the well-being of your aquarium inhabitants and can impact their health and longevity. This article explains aquarium KH, GH, and PH's roles in creating a balanced aquatic environment and practical advice on testing and maintaining these levels for optimal fish health.

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Both apple snails and mystery snails are generally peaceful creatures. However, a few differences in their behaviour are worth noting. Apple snails are often more active and outgoing than mystery snails. They may climb to the water's surface to take in air and enjoy exploring their surroundings. Mystery snails, on the other hand, are more sedentary. They tend to stick to the bottom of the tank and are less likely to venture out of their shell. Additionally, apple snails are known for their "clutching" behaviour, laying eggs above the waterline. Mystery snails, on the other hand, lay their eggs underwater.
The Fahaka is an aggressive pufferfish from Africa. It belongs to the Tetraodon genus and has the scientific name Tetraodon lineatus. In a study, the maximum size range for Fahaka puffer fish was found to be 21-41 cm, or 8 to 16 inches (AbouelFadl, p. 4.2021), though this can vary quite a bit depending on the time of collection and the area where they are captured.
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We used various methods to closely monitor the results and determine the most practical cycling method. Our test subjects included Seachem Stability dosing, frozen prawn, "mucky" water from squeezing out filter floss and sponges into the aquarium, established sponge filters taken from other aquariums, and an ammonia source (Dr Tims) as per bottle instructions. Each tank had five guppies added to it as the fish source. We conducted a test for ammonia each day for the first month, then relaxed the testing frequency as we noticed patterns occurring. In total, we used three API master test kits throughout this project.
Nic's journey into the world of aquatic life started with a simple fascination for the creatures that inhabit our waters. This fascination quickly became a hobby as Nic began capturing gobies from a local pond, marvelling at their resilience and beauty. Eager to explore more of this underwater universe, Nic ventured into keeping various fish within a home aquarium, including the elegant and mesmerising angelfish, known for their grace and striking colours. However, Nic's foray into the aquatic world was challenging.
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Beyond their aesthetic appeal, small aquariums significantly impact household dynamics. They introduce children to the wonders of aquatic life and foster a sense of responsibility as they learn about caring for these living creatures. Watching the tranquil movements of fish and the gentle sway of aquatic plants has a calming effect, reducing stress and encouraging a moment of pause in our busy schedules. In addition, the continuous maintenance and upkeep of an aquarium can serve as a therapeutic practice, providing a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
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The leap into fishkeeping began with the need for a biologist at a major wholesaler in Belgium. Dr Bassleer had no prior knowledge of treating fish diseases; his introduction started with a simple microscope and a will to learn from every resource available. Despite initially not being a hobbyist, his professional role necessitated a deep understanding of fish pathologies, behaviours, and care. Need birthed fascination, and Dr. Bassleer found a vocation soon to be etched in his daily life.
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The Pea Puffer is a fascinating and charismatic species that brings an element of excitement to an aquarium that not many fish of that size can deliver. With their vibrant colours, playful behaviour, and unique hunting instincts, these tiny terrors will captivate aquarists of all experience levels. You can create a thriving ecosystem showcasing these remarkable fish's beauty and wonder by recreating their natural habitat and providing them with a well-balanced diet and suitable tankmates. So why not dive into the world of Pea Puffers and experience the magic for yourself?
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A peaceful little cichlid, the Mikrogeophagus altispinosus, known for its shy and mellow nature. They swim in a distinctive stop-and-go manner, equipped with spines to fend off larger predators in the wild. 
Not to be confused with the Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, which is a different species altogether, these fish thrive best in sandy environments.
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Keeping aquatic pets can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it also comes with the responsibility of providing your pets with a healthy and balanced diet. While there are many high-quality commercial fish foods available, live foods can provide a natural source of nutrition and encourage natural feeding behaviors. In this article, we'll be discussing the seven best live foods to feed aquatic pets, including daphnia, microworms, blackworms, brine shrimp, vinegar eels, mosquito larvae, and white worms.