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The Oldest Aquarium Fish
Some fish are simply going to live longer than others, but what species have the longest lifespans? Keep reading to learn about the oldest fish to have ever lived and to receive tips for maximizing the lifespan of your own aquarium fish.
Winning a fish at the summer fair is a staple of childhood and a learning experience. The excitement of winning was quickly overshadowed by the loss of that fish shortly thereafter, typically resulting from a lack of knowledge on how to care for aquarium fish.
 
Due to experiences like these, many people assume that fish have short lifespans. While it is true that many fish are fairly short-lived, there are plenty of examples of fish living for many years, even decades. In fact, there is record of a pet goldfish that lived to the ripe old age of 45 and several cases of fish kept in aquariums or research facilities that lived for 80 years or more in captivity.
 
There is certainly a difference in lifespan between fish in the wild and in captivity, but many fish have the potential to live for quite some time. Keep reading to learn about the oldest fish to have ever lived and to learn some tips for keeping your own fish alive and well for many years to come.
 
 
The Oldest Fish on Record
 
Fish have lived on this earth for much longer than humans, but many of the species that once lived are no longer around today. There are, however, several instances of aquarium fish that have outlived the average livespan of most people.
 
Here are the five oldest aquarium fish on record:
 
       1.       Grandad – An Australian Lungfish housed at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Granddad lived to the age of...
The Top 5 Tetras for Breeding in the Home Aquarium
Breeding aquarium fish can be tricky, but with the right tank setup and preparation it can be done. Read on to learn about the top 5 tetras for breeding and how to do it right.

Tetras are a group of small freshwater fish that come in a wide range of colors. These fish are great for beginners because they are typically easy to care for and most species get along well with tankmates.
 
What may not be so easy about keeping tetras is encouraging them to breed. Compared to livebearers like swordtails and guppies, tetras are much trickier to spawn, though it certainly can be done. It takes a certain tank setup and dedicated care to protect fry until they are big enough to fend for themselves.
 
In this article, we’ll explore the subject of setting up your tank for tetra breeding and provide tips for spawning and caring for the fry. We’ll also provide an overview of the top 5 tetras for breeding.
 
Setting Up the Tank for Success
 
When you think about fish that are easy to breed, species like swordtails, cichlids, and guppies come to mind. Compared to these fish, tetras are not “easy” to spawn. There are, however, some species of tetra that are easier to spawn than others and, with the right setup and care, it can be done.
 
A single pair of tetras is capable of producing several dozen eggs in one spawning attempt, but you have to start with the right tank setup and proper conditioning. The best thing to do is condition a school of tetras in a community tank using high-quality flakes and freeze-dried foods. If you really want to accelerate the process, use live foods...
"Smart" Tank Technology is the Future of the Aquarium Hobby
Modern advances in technology affect every industry - even the aquarium hobby. Read on to learn about the top tech for aquariums in 2019.
New advances in technology are being made each and every day. In fact, sometimes progress happens so quickly that you don’t even realize it’s happening. Technology has advanced to the point now that, not only is it available at your fingertips, but some of it has become completely independent.
 
Smart devices have proliferated nearly every industry from health initiatives like the FitBit that automatically tracks everything from heart rate to sleep patterns, to smart pet technology like GPS collars and pet cameras.
 
But what about the aquarium industry?
 
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to cultivate and maintain a thriving home aquarium. For many years, monitoring water chemistry was a constant concern, but new in-tank devices can now deliver real-time measurements for everything from pH to water hardness. Keep reading to learn about other advancements in modern aquarium technology and how you can use them for yourself.

 
What Are the Latest Advancements in Aquarium Technology?
 
There once was a time when fluorescent lighting was the new big thing in aquarium technology. Along that same vein, the invention of electronic ballasts made it possible to light a giant tank without worrying about overheating or bulb life. Speaking of bulbs, now they are available in a wide range of colors, spectrums, and intensities. There are even LED lighting systems for aquariums.
 
Another area in which technology has led to some important aquarium advancements is filtration.
 
Aquarium filtration is essential for maintaining a clean and thriving tank. Two-stage filters remove solid...
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