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Updated March 21, 2016
Aquarium lighting systems come in all shapes and sizes - learn how to choose the right system for the tank size you have.
You could have the most beautifully decorated aquarium in the world but no one would know it if you didn’t have an aquarium lighting system set up. Aquarium lighting is very important, yet many aquarium hobbyists overlook its importance. Not only can a quality lighting system help your tank look its best, but it plays a key role in maintaining plant life as well. When choosing your aquarium lighting system you need to consider a number of factors including your tank size.
Basics of Aquarium Lighting
Aquarium lighting systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes – some systems are better suited to certain kinds of tanks than others. For example, if you have a fish-only tank then your aquarium lighting system only serves the purpose of enhancing the appearance of your fish and your tank decorations. If you have a planted tank, however, your lighting system will perform this same function in addition to providing your live plants with the energy they need to facilitate the process of photosynthesis.
To help you understand which aquarium lighting system might be right for your tank, review the basics of each type of lighting system described below:
- Standard Fluorescent – Once the most common type of aquarium lighting, standard fluorescents come in wattages between 15 and 40 with different size and color options. This is the type of lighting that is most often used in aquarium kits that come with a hood light. Standard fluorescents are inexpensive, easy to...
Updated March 21, 2016
A species of Corydoras catfish that was discovered in the 1990s has finally been officially described and named.
Also known as cory cats or cories, corydoras catfish are a group of armored catfish that make excellent additions to the freshwater tank. These little fish are very active and lively in the tank which makes them a joy to keep, plus they help to clean up accumulated detritus like uneaten fish food from the bottom of your tank. There are many different species of corydoras catfish to choose from, including one species that has only been recently described – Corydoras eversi.
About Corydoras Catfish
The name corydoras is given to a genus of freshwater fishes that belong to the Corydoradinae subfamily, or the armored catfish family. The name corydoras comes from the Greek words kory, or “helmet,” and doras, or “skin”. With more than 160 unique species, the corydoras genus is by far the largest genus of neotropical fish species. Though many corydoras species have been named and described, there are hundreds of species that have not – these are usually given C-numbers instead of names to differentiate them from other species. You may be familiar with this practice as it is also applied to other catfish species, including Plecostomus.
Corydoras catfish can be found throughout South America, particularly in small streams and along the margins of rivers. These fish tend to prefer slow-moving, near-still bodies of water where the water is shallow and clear. Corydoras catfish are bottom feeders, sifting through the sand or gravel at the bottom of the stream in search of food. These fish feed on different...read more
Updated February 17, 2016
Marine shrimp can be a useful addition to the saltwater tank - just be sure to pick the right species.
What many aquarium hobbyists love about saltwater tanks is the fact that they are so easy to customize. There are thousands of different fish and invertebrates to choose from in stocking your tank so you can create a tank setup that is uniquely you. In selecting the inhabitants for your saltwater tank, you should consider adding some marine shrimp.
Marine shrimp may be small but they are mighty when it comes to keeping your saltwater tank clean. These little invertebrates are excellent scavengers and they are generally very easy to care for. If you are thinking about using marine shrimp in your tank, keep reading to learn more!
Pros and Cons of Marine Shrimp
One of the main benefits of marine shrimp is their cleaning ability. Different species of marine shrimp feed on different types of detritus and pests in the saltwater tank, plus they help to sift through the substrate to improve circulation. Many species of shrimp are classified as omnivorous scavengers because they will eat just about anything – you do have to be careful with them around very small fish, however. In addition to being excellent scavengers, marine shrimp are usually very easy to care for and they do not require a very large tank.
Although marine shrimp serve many useful purposes in the saltwater tank, there are a few downsides to consider. For example, some shrimp will feed on anything they can get their hands on which sometimes includes small fish. Certain species of...read more
Aquarium News and Trends
A species of Corydoras catfish that was discovered in the 1990s has finally been officially described and named.
Glow in the dark fish may not be a new trend but new additions to the market have recently been made -- glow in the dark convict cichlids and angelfish.
A recent study conducted by a biology professor at Case Western Reserve University reveals that environment size and complexity has a direct impact on aggressive behavior in aquarium fish.
Guppies are known, in particular, for jumping out of the tank. But why do they exhibit this behavior?
Cleaning your aquarium is a necessity in order to keep your fish healthy. Recent studies suggest, however, that it could make YOU sick!
One of the latest trends in aquarium equipment is compact upgrades. When it comes to filtration and lighting especially, these compact options can save you space and money.
A nano tank is more than just a small fish tank -- it is a compact, self-contained ecosystem. Read more about this recent trend in the aquarium hobby below!
Testing your aquarium water is a chore that no aquarium hobbyist likes. With new water quality monitoring technology, you can kiss those test strips goodbye!
The only thing that doesn't change in the world is the fact that things change. In this article you will read about changes in marine aquarium trends.
Trends in the aquarium trade have an effect on more than just aquarium hobbyists -- they can affect the whole world.
From recycling and organic farming, sustainability and conservation are two hot trending topics. In this article you will read about how North America's aquariums are joining the fight in "going green".
Lionfish are a very popular species in the marine aquarium hobby but they have begun to threaten native populations in the Atlantic as they spread from their native habitat in the Indo-Pacific.
A recent paper published by the Conservation Research Group and the IUCN shows that more than 30 threatened species endemic to India are still being regularly exported, despite their conservation status.
Color has always been a main component of the marine tank but these species are keeping the bar high.
For many aquarium hobbyists, the aquarium is a source of relaxation and serenity. Recent studies suggest, however, that this may not be true for the fish inside.
The new year brings a new wave of unique species to add to your home aquarium.
Treating marine aquarium diseases is easier than ever with innovations like medicated frozen fish food.
When it comes to aquarium filtration there are many options to choose from. One of the newest -- and most efficient -- methods of filtration is the media reactor.
One of the latest developments in aquarium lighting is wireless control of LED systems. These systems allow you to control the intensity, spectrum and timing of your aquarium lights for optimal customization of your tank.
If you have ever brought a group of corydoras catfish home from the store to find that they all died in transport, this article will be incredibly enlightening.
While some species like Oscars are known for exhibiting dog-like behaviors, a recent study shows that many fish are capable of developing individual personalities.
The Pinnatus Batfish is one of the most striking species of saltwater aquarium fish, but notoriously difficult to keep in the home aquarium.
The saltwater aquarium hobby is ever-changing -- trends and even species come and go. In this article you will learn about some of the newest coral species from 2013.
New species of plants and animals are being discovered every year. In this article you will learn about some of the new fish species discovered in 2013.
You have probably seen your fair share of jellyfish in zoo aquariums, but did you know that it is possible to keep these creatures as pets? In this article you will learn the basics about keeping jellyfish as pets in your very own home.
With advances in aquarium lighting technology, you now have the option to add specialized nighttime lighting to your aquarium. LED moonlights are perfect for nocturnal species of fish or simply to enhance the nighttime appearance of your tank.
General Aquarium Articles
The nitrogen cycle is essential for keeping your tank healthy but it can also be very stressful for your fish!
A power outage may only be a minor inconvenience for you but, for your aquarium fish, it can be deadly.
An automatic fish feeder can be a great tool if you have to go out of town or want to regulate your feeding schedule for fish. In this article you will learn about popular automatic feeders and receive instructions for building your own.
Learn about how aquarium fish medications work and what diseases they may be used for.
Benefits of Fish Keeping. What to consider when stocking your aquarium.
Learn three common problems every aquarist can avoid.
Why buy Aquarium Supplies online? Where to Get Aquarium Supplies Online?
Focuse on fish keeping for pleasure as opposed to keeping fish around as a food source.
Freshwater Aquarium Articles
The key to keeping your aquarium fish healthy is to offer them a well-balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs.
The key to finding the perfect lighting for your freshwater aquarium is to understand the basics of the lighting spectrum. Read more to find out how spectrum is measured and what type is best for your tank.
Proper filtration is the key to keeping your freshwater aquarium healthy. When it comes to filtration there are a variety of types of media to choose from so learn the basics before you make a decision.
Discus fish are one of the most colorful species of freshwater aquarium fish and they can be a joy to breed.
Live-bearing species of fish like guppies and swordtails are notorious for breeding in the community tank. If you want to breed these fish on purpose, however, there are a few tips you might want to know.
To raise baby fish successfully you will need to use the right food. Infusoria are the perfect size for newly hatched fry and they are easy to culture at home.
The key to keeping your aquarium fish happy and healthy is to maintain high water quality. Unless you test your tank water on a regular basis, however, you won't know whether your water quality is high or not.
Cultivating a freshwater aquarium can be an enjoyable experience but there are also a number of safety concerns to be aware of when keeping a fish tank.
The type of food you choose to feed your aquarium fish will have a major impact on their health. Learn the basics of live foods to discover how they can benefit your freshwater aquarium fish.
Before you even begin to set up your freshwater fish tank you need to decide where to put it. Where you place your tank will play a significant role in how much time you spend cleaning your tank and it may also impact your water quality.
If you participate in the aquarium hobby for long enough, there may come a time when it becomes necessary to upgrade to a larger tank. Read more to learn about what factors contribute to the need for an upgrade as well as the proper procedures for doing so.
Whether you are new to the aquarium hobby or not, there are a few things you should know about freshwater fish compatibility. If you do not understand the basics, you may have trouble maintaining a healthy community tank environment.
Cultivating a freshwater planted tank is hard work and the last thing you want is to have all of that hard work destroyed by adding the wrong fish to your tank. To avoid this problem, do your research to determine which species to avoid when stocking a planted tank.
You may be aware that there are over 30 species of betta fish in existence but did you know that these species can be divided by their breeding habits? There are two types of betta fish -- bubble-nesters and mouth-brooders.
Moving can be a stressful process but moving your fish tank doesn't need to add to that stress. With proper planning, moving your fish tank can be relatively hassle-free.
Have you ever considered adding a cichlid or two to your freshwater tank? If so, you would be wise to learn the basics about this diverse group of fishes before you decide to keep one.
Are you looking for an easy way to help control algae in your tank? Algae-eating species of fish are a great addition to the freshwater tank and can help keep unwanted algae under control.
Choosing the right lighting system for your freshwater tank is a very important decision. If you make the wrong choice your tank may not look its best and your live plants may fail to thrive.
Selecting a lighting system for your aquarium can be a difficult task. If you know some of these basic aquarium lighting terms, however, you will be able to make a more informed decision.
If you want to select a high-quality commercial food for your aquarium fish you should understand how to interpret a fish food label.
If you want to have a thriving freshwater tank, you need to start by selecting the right tank.
Cloudy tank water is a common problem in the freshwater aquarium. If you learn the causes of this condition you will be able to treat it quickly when it happens.
Algae is a fact of life in the freshwater tank. When it begins to cover your tank walls there are right and wrong way to deal with it.
If you are looking for a challenge, consider cultivating an Amazon biotope tank.
Take your skills to the next level by starting a biotope tank. A biotope tank is the perfect way to achieve a natural aquarium environment.
Having adequate filtration is the key to maintaining a healthy freshwater aquarium. But what do you do when your filter isn't working properly? Read more to find out.
Unexpected behavioral changes are often a symptom of disease in aquarium fish. Learn about the most common changes and what to do about them.
Cultivating a thriving planted tank can be a challenge -- this article will help you diagnose the most common problems.
Installing the proper aquarium lighting system is essential in maintaining a thriving tank environment. This article will help you find the right balance in terms of watts, lumens and intensity.
There may come a time during your career as an aquarium hobbyist that you need to divide your tank. When this day comes, you may want to consider building your own tank divider.
Angelfish are a species of freshwater cichlid and they are one of the most popular species of tropical aquarium fish.
As a beginner in the aquarium hobby you are likely to have many questions. Familiarize yourself with these FAQs before you begin and you will have a greater chance of success in cultivating your own freshwater tank.
You may not realize that your fish can suffer from constipation. Though this condition may not sound serious, it could actually have devastating consequences for your fish.
If plan to keep bottom feeders or algae eaters in your tank you may need to supplement their diet with algae wafers.
Breeding freshwater angelfish can be a rewarding experience but raising the eggs to maturity may be a challenge.
When cultivating an aquarium, you are likely to run into a variety of freshwater aquarium fish diseases and conditions including dropsy. Learn how to treat and prevent these diseases so you can better protect your fish.
Breeding freshwater aquarium fish can be a rewarding but challenging experience. Read these tips to increase your chances of raising cichlid fry to maturity.
When it comes to snails in the freshwater aquarium, not all of them are bad. Read more to learn the benefits of aquarium snails as well as what types to keep and what to avoid.
Cichlids are one of the largest families of freshwater fishes and they are prone to developing several aquarium fish diseases. Read more to learn about what those diseases are and how to treat them.
The best part of keeping a freshwater aquarium is watching your tank inhabitants thrive and grow. Read more to learn how to enhance and maintain healthy coloration in your fish.
Dealing with aquarium fish disease is a fact of life in the aquarium hobby. Take the time to learn about the shimmies, or livebearer disease, to protect your fish.
Angelfish are one of the most popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. If you plan to keep these fish, take the time to learn about what species can be kept with them.
Oscars are a type of cichlid and they are a very amusing species of freshwater fish to keep in the home aquarium. If you plan to cultivate this species, take the time to learn the ideal tank setup.
Discus fish are a joy to keep in the home aquarium and a discus community tank is even better!
Cleaning your tank is one of the most important parts of home aquarium maintenance. Using a gravel vacuum will make cleaning your tank infinitely easier.
The red bellied pacu is a unique and beautiful aquarium fish. If you hope to add these fish to your tank, take the time to learn how to properly care for them.
Sponge filters are a great option for hospital and fry tanks but they can also be used as a source of supplemental filtration for community tanks.
Silver dollar fish are a great addition to the community tank and breeding them can be a fun challenge.
Bala sharks are a very popular species of aquarium fish. Read more to learn how to breed them yourself.
Barbs are incredibly popular among freshwater aquarium hobbyists and there are a number of species to choose from. Read more to decide which species is right for you!
Nothing makes an aquarium stand out like a large shoal of colorful fish. In this article you will receive tips for cultivating shoaling species in the freshwater tank.
Keeping the temperature in your tank is extremely important for the health of your fish but it can be a challenge during the hot summer months.
The way you decorate your tank makes a big difference in its appearance. Not only do you need to think about the decor you use inside your tank, you should also consider the tank background.
The food you feed your freshwater fish will determine their health and vitality.
Maintaining a heavily planted tank may require more than special substrate -- you may also need to supplement your tank's supply of carbon dioxide.
If you like the idea of a planted tank but aren't ready to take on the extra work load, start off small with some aquatic mosses.
Adding a school of colorful fish to your tank can take it from drab to fab -- read on to learn more about schooling species.
Some species of freshwater fish are simply more aggressive than others. These freshwater "bullies" can be challenging to keep in a community tank but, if you learn the basics about them and their temperament it can be done.
Cultivating a thriving planted tank can be quite a challenge and if you do not follow the proper procedure, you may not be successful.
One of the most attractive ways you can decorate an aquarium involves a combination of driftwood and live plants.
Cichlids are not for everyone, however, and certain species can be quite challenging to keep. If you are a beginner, you might want to consider one of the top five species discussed below.
The dwarf gourami is a small but brightly colored freshwater fish that makes an excellent addition to the community tank.
Jewel Cichlids are a group of brightly colored cichlids from Africa. These fish can be very colorful but they are often difficult to keep in the home tank due to their aggression.
The plecostomus is one of the most popular species of algae eater for the freshwater tank. To ensure that your pleco is properly cared for, learn everything you can about this species.
Most of the gobies kept in the home aquarium are saltwater fish but there are still a few freshwater gobies that make excellent additions to the home tank.
The blind cave tetra is unique among freshwater aquarium fish. Learn all about its care and keeping in this informative article.
The betta fish is an incredibly popular species that has a reputation for being aggressive. In this article you will learn whether or not you can keep other fish with your betta.
The Arowana is a very large but graceful fish that makes a very interesting freshwater tank inhabitant.
An unfiltered tank is a unique challenge - you will learn the basics for how to get started in this article.
Aquarium lighting systems come in all shapes and sizes - learn how to choose the right system for the tank size you have.
If you are interested in cultivating a peaceful tank full of multiple species, don't choose these fish.
Though they may look harmless, one aquarium snail can quickly turn into dozens or even hundreds. If you are dealing with an aquarium snail infestation in your tank, try out some of these tips and begin taking the recommended precautions to prevent future infestations
No matter how careful you are, your fish are likely to get sick at some point during your time as an aquarium hobbyist. Having a hospital tank running is a great way to prevent an illness from becoming a crisis in your freshwater tank.
Learn about common fish illnesses and how to effectively treat them.
Learn how to prepare your aquarium for your upcoming on vacation.
Find out which fish will rapidly outgrow your tank, and the smaller alternatives that are available.
What is "cycling" your fish tank? Why is it important? Instructions for how to do-it.
An overview of tropical fish tanks, what they are, and the pros/cons of keeping one.
An overview of the different styles of planted aquariums. Different types of plants you could use. Popular plants.
Learn about new methods for cycling your freshwater aquarium without fish.
Learn how about pH and how to properly maintain it in a freshwater aquarium.
Algae growth is an incredibly common problem with freshwater tanks. Read more to learn why it happens and how to control it.
In order to keep your tank clean and healthy for your fish, you will need to perform some basic daily and weekly maintenance tasks.
Before you go out and buy a freshwater tank, think about these questions so you are fully prepared.
Learn about the factors you should consider when choosing a substrate for your freshwater aquarium.
Learn about how to properly choose and condition the water you use in your freshwater aquarium.
How to test your aquarium's water, and what to look for.
Learn about the different types of filters for your freshwater aquarium.
Learn the basics of aeration and how to properly aerate your aquarium.
Adding wood and rocks to your aquarium can enhance its appearance and make it a better environment for your fish -- learn how in this article.
Types of decorations. Tips on decorating your tank. Online sources
What makes a freshwater fish a good candidate for beginners? In this article you will learn how to choose your first freshwater fish and receive some advice on good species for the beginner.
Learn how to select the right quantity and combination of fish for your freshwater aquarium.
Learn how to properly acclimate your fish to your aquarium using the drip method.
Learn about and how to recreate the natural environments of African and South American Cichlids
Learn about the causes of cichlid aggression and methods for reducing it.
Learn how to succesfully breed freshwater fish.
Learn how to succesfully breed mouth brooding African Cichlids.
Learn about the differing points of view and guidelines on using carbon in your aquarium.
Discover five common myths about the beautiful betta freshwater fish.
In this article you will find information about keeping goldfish as pets and how to prepare for your own goldfish tank.
An overview of keeping fish in a fish bowl. A brief history. Pros and cons.
Advantages and disadvantages to a Wall Mounted Fish Tank. Installation. Accessories.
Articles on dozens of different freshwater fish and appropriate care.
Articles on different freshwater plants and appropriate care.
Saltwater Aquarium Articles
Cultivating a nano reef tank can be an exciting challenge. In order to improve your chances of success, take the time to learn about some common myths and problems regarding these tanks.
Stocking a reef tank can be a challenge because there are so many different types of coral to choose from. Before you start your reef tank, familiarize yourself with the different types of coral.
If you want to keep your saltwater or reef tank healthy, you need to learn the basics of feeding corals. Without the proper nutrients, your corals will slowly die.
If you have ever considered starting a reef tank, read this setup guide to make sure you start your reef tank off right.
If you want to keep a healthy and thriving saltwater tank, you need to start with high-quality water. Reverse osmosis is a great way to prepare the water for your marine tank.
In order to keep your saltwater aquarium fish healthy you need to understand and meet their basic nutritional needs.
When it comes to maintaining a thriving reef tank the type of lighting system you choose is incredibly important.
A UV sterilizer is a valuable piece of equipment to add to your reef tank or fish-only saltwater aquarium. Read more to learn about their benefits.
There is nothing quite so heartbreaking as losing one of your fish to disease. To avoid experiencing this yourself, and to ensure a healthy and happy saltwater tank environment, learn a few tips on how to prevent saltwater aquarium fish diseases.
Whether you are looking for a new challenge as a saltwater aquarium enthusiast or you are trying your hand at a reef tank for the first time, a nano reef is a great way to go. Do not be deceived by the small size of these tanks -- they can still be incredibly rewarding to cultivate.
If you are thinking about buying some new fish for your saltwater tank, think about purchasing them online! Not only does buying online offer you a wider selection of species but it also reduces the stress your fish experience by having them shipped directly to your home.
The pH level in your saltwater tank is incredibly important for the health and vitality of your tank. If the pH falls too low or spikes too high, your fish could become stressed and fall ill -- they may even die as a result.
Live rock is the foundation for any thriving saltwater tank and it is the base for saltwater aquarium decor. Rather than spending a fortune purchasing natural live rock, consider customizing your tank by creating your own live rock.
Many aquarium hobbyists assume that algae in the aquarium can only be bad. There are, however, a variety of benefits that marine algae provides for the saltwater tank.
If you are new to the aquarium hobby you may not be familiar with the term "sump". An aquarium sump is simply a storage container that can be used to house aquarium equipment and as an overflow box for extra tank water.
What you feed your fish will determine whether or not their reach their full potential. If you want to see your fish thrive, take the time to ensure their proper nutrition.
Tangs are a group of fish that make excellent additions to the saltwater tank. These fish come in a variety of bright colors and are very hardy and a joy to keep.
There are several different types of saltwater aquariums to choose from and each has its benefits and drawbacks. Before you make your choice, learn the basics about each type.
If you are looking for a unique invertebrate to add to your saltwater tank, consider the sea urchin. Before you do, however, it is wise to learn a little bit about these creatures.
No matter how hard you try, you cannot completely protect your fish from falling ill. You can, however, educate yourself on some of the most common saltwater fish diseases so you know how to deal with them.
Feeding your fish a proper diet is the key to keeping them healthy. Many saltwater fish require live foods as part of a staple diet.
Have you ever been dazzled by the bright colors and bold patterns of a school of saltwater fish? If so, you might be interested to learn the reasoning behind the bright colors of saltwater fish.
Marine Ich is a common disease affecting saltwater aquarium fish and, unless you know how to deal with it, it can spread quickly throughout your tank.
In the event that your fish become ill it is important that you take action to begin a treatment regimen as soon as possible. Having some of these medications on hand will ensure that you are able to do so.
Water quality is extremely important in maintaining a saltwater tank. If you let the ammonia, nitrite or nitrate levels in your tank get too high, it could have a negative impact on your fish.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy saltwater tank, water quality is extremely important. Hard water can have a negative effect on water quality in the saltwater tank.
While snails are often viewed as a nuisance in the freshwater tank, they can serve a valuable purpose in the saltwater aquarium.
If you are looking for a unique inhabitant to add to your saltwater tank, consider the seahorse.
Maintaining a stable water temperature in your saltwater tank is important for the health and well-being of your fish. Read more to learn how to combat common problems with heating in saltwater tanks.
Foam build-up is a common problem in the saltwater tank. Read more to learn what to do about it.
Setting up and maintaining a marine tank can be a challenging experience and preparing your saltwater correctly is one of the most important tasks.
There are many accessories and handy devices which can make your life as an aquarium hobbyist easier. This article will teach you the basics about what is available and what these devices do.
Brine shrimp are an excellent source of protein for aquarium fish and they are very easy to raise at home.
The Goby family is one of the largest families of marine fishes, having over 2,000 unique species. These small fish are a great addition to the marine tank and they can be a pleasure to cultivate.
Dealing with pests is an inescapable part of cultivating a marine tank. If you want to handle a problem with bristle worms effectively, take the time to learn the basics about them.
Maintaining proper calcium levels is an important part of keeping your marine tank healthy. To make this process easier, think about using kalkwasser in your tank.
The key to maintaining a healthy saltwater aquarium is to strike the right balance in the salinity of your tank water.
Fungal spores are present in all aquariums but, if you are not careful, they can become a problem in the saltwater tank.
Clownfish are one of the most recognizable types of saltwater aquarium fish. If you are looking for a colorful species to add to your tank, consider the clownfish.
Cultivating a nano tank can be an exciting challenge but unless you choose the right fish for your tank, you may be in trouble.
Stocking the saltwater aquarium can be an exciting challenge, especially when you have so many options to choose from. Before you purchase any fish, take the time to learn about the benefits of tank-bred versus wild-caught saltwater fish.
There is nothing as heart-breaking as losing a fish but it can be even more devastating when the fish simply disappears. Read more to learn why fish might disappear from the tank and what you can do about it.
Mandarinfish are a small, colorful species of saltwater aquarium fish. Read more to learn how to care for and breed these fish in the home aquarium.
Saltwater angelfish are some of the most colorful saltwater fish available. If you want to keep these fish at home, read more to learn their requirements.
Sea cucumbers are found throughout the ocean but they are a popular addition to saltwater reef tanks.
A brackish aquarium is an exciting challenge for the aquarium hobbyist. Read more to learn the types of fish and plants that are recommended for brackish tanks.
The lionfish is a beautiful but deadly fish that makes a unique addition to the saltwater aquarium.
The blue sponge makes a great addition to the marine tank. Read more to learn how to care for this species.
Keeping anemones in a reef tank can be a challenge if you are not fully prepared. Read more to learn what is required to successfully keep anemones.
Feeding saltwater aquarium fish can be tricky, especially when your fish refuse to eat.
Maintaining a reef tank can be a challenge but as long as you keep up with your routine maintenance tasks, you should have no problem.
What you feed your saltwater aquarium fish will play a major role in determining their health and vitality.
One of the most important things you must to do ensure the health of your marine tank is to achieve and maintain the ideal temperature.
If you want to keep your saltwater tank healthy, you need to consider the ideal level of water flow. Installing a wavemaker in your tank will help you strike the right balance.
Hermit crabs do more than just add decoration to the saltwater tank -- they can also help to keep your tank clean.
Parasites can quickly become a major problem in the saltwater aquarium if you do not address the issue immediately. One method of treating saltwater parasites you may not be familiar with is freshwater.
Keeping corals in a saltwater aquarium can be challenging but these low-light species are perfect for beginners.
When purchasing saltwater aquarium fish, you need to think about whether the fish are tank-raised or captive-bred.
Moray eels can be a challenge to keep in the home aquarium but they are well worth it.
Cultivating a reef tank is an exciting but challenging task - learn more about choosing the right size for your reef tank.
Marine shrimp can be a useful addition to the saltwater tank - just be sure to pick the right species.
If you are looking for a new challenge as an aquarium hobbyist, try cultivating a brackish tank. Not only will it be a challenge, but it will also be an enjoyable learning experience!
Learn the arguments for choosing to set-up either a freshwater or saltwater aquarium.
An overview of the reef aquarium along with a short history. Online reef references.
A brief introduction to saltwater aquariums. Different categories. Pros and cons.
What to Consider before Starting. Designing Your Salt-Water System.
Creating an ecosystem. Running the tank system.
Learn what "not" to do when starting out with your saltwater fish or reef tank.
Learn about protein skimming, why it's important, and which aquarists should use it.
The type of filtration system you choose for your saltwater aquarium is incredibly important. Learn the basics here.
Kind of lights you need. Type of heating equipment to use.
Learn how to keep your saltwater aquarium from overheating.
Tips on cycling your fishtank.
Learn how to properly cure live rock before placing it in your tank.
Creating an aquascape. Deciding on livestock for your tank.
Learn how to select the right quantity and combination of fish for your saltwater aquarium.
What makes a saltwater fish a good candidate for beginners?
Learn about commonly available reef-safe fish and invertebrates that are good candidates for your reef aquarium.
Learn how to properly select and establish a clean-up crew in a saltwater or reef aquarium.
Learn about saltwater animals that beginners (and sometimes experts) should avoid keeping.
Tips for maintaining a saltwater fish tank.
Learn about aiptasia in the reef aquarium and how to get rid of it.
In this article you will receive an overview of what mantis shrimp are, how they can impact your saltwater aquarium, and how to remove them properly.
Articles on dozens of saltwater fish and appropriate care.
Miscellaneous Aquarium Articles
History of Fish Tank Materials. Pros and cons for glass tanks.
Pro and con arguments for using acrylic tanks, common sizes, etc.
Tips to make changing the water easier.
This article delves into the pros and cons of custom built aquariums - and more.
Discuss the role that aquarium stands have on the fish keeping hobby.
Why people use refugiums with their aquariums? Different types of refugium - and more.
Learn how well stacked rocks can add personality and a natural look to your aquarium.
Different kinds of screensavers, top aquarium screensavers available today.
Understanding the nitrogen cycle and its importance to a healthy tank.
If your fish is suffering, you may want to consider euthanasia as an option to humanely end his pain.
Product Reviews (Freshwater)
Read a product review on the Marineland Emperor 400 Power Filter. Learn its pros and cons.
Read the review of the Visi-Therm heater by Marineland.
The lighting you choose for your small tank will make a big difference.
Canister filters are one of the most popular choices in aquarium filtration. In this article you will read about some of the most popular models on the market.
Product Review (Saltwater)
Learn about the JBJ Nano Cube and see if it is right for your ideal reef set-up.
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