What Are the Best Cichlids for a Community Tank?
Written by Kate Barrington Updated
Cichlids are some of the most beautiful fish in the world, but they can also be the most aggressive. Keep reading to learn about the best and worst cichlids for your community tank.
Part of the fun of having a fish tank is stocking it. The challenge of finding the ideal combination of species to make your tank look its best without putting your fish at risk for predation or bulling is something every aquarium hobbyist loves. When it comes to keeping the peace in a community tank, many hobbyists assume that they are limited to placid species such as livebearers and tetras when that may not be true.
A community tank doesn’t have to be boring. With a little research and careful planning, you can find a group of species that will live together in harmony and turn your tank into a thriving aquatic paradise. Don’t assume that because many cichlids are aggressive that they must be omitted from the community tank. Keep reading to learn about the best cichlids for a community tank.
The Top 10 Cichlids for a Community Tank
When it comes to choosing fish for a community tank, you need to think as much about the size of your tank as the fish you plan to keep in it. Many cichlids grow to be fairly large fish, so keep that in mind when planning your tank. Here are the top 10 cichlid species for a community tank:
       1.       Agassiz’s Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma agassizii) – A carnivorous species, Agassiz’s dwarf cichlids do well in community tanks as long as they aren’t kept with other Apistogrammas or fish small enough to be seen as prey. They prefer planted tank with open areas for...


Creative “Hacks” to Keep Your Aquarium Clean
Written by Kate Barrington Updated
Keeping your aquarium clean doesn't have to be a chore with these simple aquarium cleaning "hacks".
Setting up and decorating a new aquarium can be a lot of fun. Once you’ve done the work, however, it falls on you to keep the tank running. After all, you don’t want all of your hard work to go to waste when, a few weeks or months down the line, all of your tank surfaces are covered in algae and grime.
Keeping your aquarium clean is not just a matter of aesthetics – it also has an impact on the health and wellbeing of your aquarium fish. Remember that an aquarium is a self-enclosed ecosystem, so any problems that arise have the potential to progress and worsen over time if you don’t handle them right away. That’s where these cleaning hacks come into play.
Cleaning your aquarium doesn’t have to be a huge job – with some clever “hacks” you can keep your tank in tip-top shape in no time at all.
Try These 10 “Hacks” To Clean Your Tank
While keeping your aquarium clean is important, you want to avoid doing any large-scale cleaning. You must remember that in addition to housing your fish, your tank also houses a colony of beneficial bacteria – bacteria that support the nitrogen cycle which helps to convert harmful byproducts of waste breakdown into less harmful substances that can be removed via water changes.
So, where do you draw the line between cleaning your tank too much and not cleaning it enough?
Here are some creative hacks you can use on a weekly or monthly basis to...


How Has Technology Changed the Aquarium Hobby?
Written by Kate Barrington Updated
Advances in modern technology have changed the world we live in, but how has it affected the aquarium hobby? Keep reading to find out.
Innovation is the heart of progress – things cannot move forward if they don’t change. There are a great many ways this principle can be applied. You may not think of it as relevant to the aquarium hobby but, if you take a moment to consider it, you’ll come to see just how much progress has been made in the aquarium industry and what kind of promise the future holds.

Modern technology has changed the way we live. Not only has it made our lives easier, but it has made them safer as well. It is easy to identify the benefits of modern technology for things like transportation and medicine, but there are many smaller applications as well. The aquarium hobby is an excellent example of how technology has been a catalyst for change.

In this article, we’ll talk through some of the technological advances that have impacted the aquarium hobby. We’ll also talk about changes to the hobby as a whole and provide some insight into what the future may hold. So, keep reading!

Turning Back the Clock – What’s Changed?

While most pet stores carry a limited supply of glass or acrylic aquariums in a small range of sizes, the availability of prefabricated fish tanks has changed a great deal over the decades. New manufacturing techniques and improved materials have made it possible for fish tanks to exceed 100 gallons in capacity. Not only are modern aquariums larger, but they are stronger as well and less prone to scratches, cracks, and...
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