CHOOSING THE RIGHT ALGAE-EATER BY THE TYPE OF ALGAE IN YOUR TANK

Choosing the Right Algae-Eater by the Type of Algae in Your Tank
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated May 10, 2017
There are many different types of aquarium algae and not all algae eaters will eat every type. Keep reading to learn how to choose the right algae eater based on the type of algae you have.
There is nothing worse than waking up to feed your fish and finding your entire tank covered in a layer of green. Algae is a common problem in freshwater aquariums but it is actually a fairly simple problem to solve. The more you understand what causes algae to grow, the better you can prevent it from happening. It will also help you to read up on algae-eating fish that can help you to keep your tank clean and algae-free.

 Why Does Algae Grow in Home Aquariums?

Algae is a living thing and, as such, it requires certain nutrients to grow. There are many different types of algae out there, but they all have the same basic requirements. First and foremost, algae need water in order to thrive. Next, algae need plenty of light. Like any photosynthetic organism, algae use light as an energy source to fuel its growth. If you have live plants in your tank, you probably also have a pretty good lighting system and you probably leave it on for 8 to 12 hours a day. Too much lighting or lights left on for too long can lead to excess algae growth. This is a common problem in tanks that are placed too close to a window, even if the tank doesn’t get direct sunlight.

In addition to light, algae also require certain nutrients in order to grow. The main nutrients algae needs are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients are abundant in most aquariums...

WHY IS WATER FLOW SO IMPORTANT IN A REEF TANK?

Why is Water Flow So Important in a Reef Tank?
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated May 10, 2017
Cultivating a thriving reef tank can be a challenge with all of the requirements you must meet. You may be surprised to know that one of the most important requirements is not salinity or lighting - it is water flow.
If you were asked to name some of the differences between a freshwater tank and a reef tank, you would probably list things like salinity and lighting requirements. Another difference you shouldn’t forget to consider is water movement. Water movement is important in any aquarium but it is particularly important in a marine tank, especially one that houses corals. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of water flow in a marine tank and to receive some specific tips for cultivating proper water movement in a coral tank.

Understanding the Basics of Water Flow in Marine Tanks

When it comes to water flow in your marine tank, you need to understand more than just what it is – you need to know why it is important. Not only is water flow an integral part of an authentic marine environment, but it plays an important role in gas exchange. As your fish take in oxygen through their gills, they produce carbon dioxide as a waste product and that carbon dioxide can build in your tank water. When the CO2 levels in your tank get too high, it can have a negative impact on the pH and the alkalinity in your tank which, in turn, could cause problems for your fish.


Another important thing that water flow accomplishes in a marine tank (particularly a reef tank), is sweeping accumulated detritus away from your corals. Live corals have a mucus coating that serves to protect them. When water flow...

SHRIMP IN THE HOME AQUARIUM: SPRING 2017 AQUARIUM TRENDS

Shrimp in the Home Aquarium: Spring 2017 Aquarium Trends
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated May 10, 2017
If you're looking for a unique way to stock your new tank, give freshwater shrimp a try. Keep reading to learn more about this topic that was trending on social media in May 2017.
When it comes to stocking your aquarium, you are probably mostly focused on the different species of fish you like. If you want your aquarium to really stand out, however, you might want to consider some alternatives to traditional aquarium fish – aquarium shrimp are a great option to think about. In fact, aquarium shrimp are trending on social media as of the Spring of 2017 – keep reading to learn more about the benefits of shrimp in your home aquarium and to receive tips for keeping them.

Shrimp as An Alternative to Fish in Home Aquariums

On April 28, the Twitter handle @AquariumTalks posted a picture of an orange shrimp with the text, “A #shrimp tank might be the best solution for you if you don’t have space for a big #fishtank.” This comment brings up an interesting point that many aquarium hobbyists don’t think about – that you can have a fish tank without fish. If you have limited space in your home for a large aquarium or you don’t have the time or money to dedicate to a big tank, a shrimp tank is an option that you should consider. Here are some of the benefits of shrimp tanks versus traditional aquariums stocked with fish:

* Shrimp are excellent algae-eaters and all-purpose cleaners – they will help to keep your tank clean and the water quality high.
* Many shrimp come in bright colors and interesting patterns which makes them a unique and attractive addition to the home aquarium.
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