BETTA FISH TRENDING TOPICS FOR JANUARY 2017

Betta Fish Trending Topics for January 2017
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated January 19, 2017
The betta fish is and will forever be one of the most popular types of aquarium fish. What are people saying about betta in the new year?
Also known as the Siamese Fighting Fish, betta fish are some of the most popular fish in the freshwater aquarium industry. These fish come in a wide range of different colors, patterns, and tail types and they are generally easy to care for. Below you will find a review of some of the top betta fish trends and topics of discussion from popular betta fish forums and social media accounts for January 2017.
 
Betta Fish Housing: The AquaBlock Aquarium

One of the hottest topics related to betta fish that seems to make a resurgence several times a year is the issue of housing. In pet stores, betta fish are displayed and sold in small plastic containers barely large enough for them to move. Some aquarium hobbyists make the argument that, in their natural habitat, betta fish are sometimes found in puddles and dried-up rice paddies, but that doesn’t mean that this is the ideal environment for any fish. Unfortunately, there are many aquarium supply companies out there who propagate the myth that, not only can bettas survive in very small aquariums, but that this is the kind of environment that is best for them.


In 2012, The AquaBlock was released for the first time and the company created a Twitter account that same year to advertise sales and promotions. AquaBlock is a decorative, portable aquarium made from durable glass that measures approximately 8 inches long by 8 inches high and 3 inches deep – there is also...

HOW TO SOLVE COMMON SALTWATER TANK PROBLEMS

How to Solve Common Saltwater Tank Problems
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated January 09, 2017
Cultivating a thriving saltwater tank can be a challenge but it is also incredibly rewarding. Keep reading to learn about common saltwater tank problems and how to fix them.
Any experienced aquarium hobbyist will tell you that there is a lot more involved in keeping a saltwater tank than in keeping a freshwater tank – it is just the truth. But just because maintaining a thriving saltwater tank is a little more challenging doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth it! Saltwater fish are some of the most colorful creatures on the planet and there is something rewarding about caring for a tank full of vibrant, thriving fish. As you do so, however, you are going to experience setbacks and problems – here are some tips for dealing with common saltwater tank problems:
 
1. Temperature Fluctuations – One of the simplest yet most important things you need to do to keep your saltwater tank healthy is to maintain a stable tank temperature. The ideal temperature for your tank may vary slightly depending on the type of fish you keep, but you should aim for something in the range of 72°F to 84°F as your outside temperatures – something between 75°F and 81°F is better. Keeping the temperature in your tank stable can be a challenge if you live in an area where the climate fluctuates. Your best bet is to invest in a solid aquarium heater (or two if you have a large tank) and hook them up to a thermostat so you can set the ideal temperature you want to maintain. It will also help for you to keep your tank away from direct sunlight and protected from drafts.

TIPS FOR AQUASCAPING A TANK FOR LARGE FRESHWATER FISH

Updated January 09, 2017
 Everybody loves neon tetras, swordtails, and harlequin rasboras but, for some aquarium hobbyists, these species are much too small. If you want to take your aquarium skills to the next level and explore a new aspect of the aquarium hobby, consider cultivating some of the larger species of freshwater fish. From discus fish to Oscars and other large cichlids, maintaining a tank full of large fish can be a unique challenge. Keep reading to learn more about the art of aquascaping a tank specifically for large freshwater fish.

Choosing the Right Substrate

When it comes to decorating your tank, one of the first decisions you need to make is in regard to the substrate you will use. The substrate in your aquarium isn’t just for show – it fulfills several important purposes. Most importantly, the substrate in your tank is where the majority of your beneficial bacteria are going to live – the bacteria that help to initiate and maintain the nitrogen cycle. Substrate also gives you a medium in which to root live plants and some species of fish are filter feeders that sift through the substrate to find food. For a tank housing large species of freshwater fish, you have to consider the needs of the individual species, but gravel or sand are the top choices. If you are keeping fish that sift through the substrate for food, then sand is the best option. For other large fish, however, a gravel bed 1 to 2 inches deep is the...

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