Your tank filter is perhaps the most important piece of equipment you have, so be sure to keep it clean as part of your routine maintenance schedule.
Any experienced aquarium hobbyist will tell you that your tank filter is one of the most important pieces of equipment for your tank. Depending on the type of filter you have, it is responsible not only for filtering out solid and dissolved waste products, but also for cultivating a colony of beneficial bacteria to help maintain the nitrogen cycle. Unfortunately, many aquarium hobbyist fail to clean and maintain their filters on a regular basis and this can lead to problems with water chemistry.
How Often Should You Clean It?
The chances are that you probably already have some kind of system or schedule in place when it comes to cleaning your aquarium. In addition to performing weekly water changes, you probably also perform a larger water change once a month and replace your filter media. But when do you clean your tank filter? Do you clean it at all? If you want to keep your tank clean and running properly, you need to include your aquarium filter in your routine cleaning schedule.
One thing you need to be very careful with when it comes to cleaning your tank filter is making sure not to clean it too thoroughly or too often. Aside from your tank substrate, your aquarium filter is probably the place where beneficial bacteria have accumulated the most. If you clean your filter too completely or too often, you could end up killing a significant portion of your tank’s biological filtration system and that could...
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...
An unfiltered tank is a unique challenge - you will learn the basics for how to get started in this article.
If you have done any basic research about freshwater aquariums, you have probably learned about the importance of maintaining high water quality. The cleaner your tank water is, the happier and healthier your fish will be. In most cases, maintaining high water quality requires you to outfit your tank with a filtration system. A rising trend in the aquarium hobby, however, is focused on tanks that do not require any kind of filter system.
A healthy and thriving unfiltered tank is possible to achieve, but it will take some forethought and planning. In this article you will learn the basics about unfiltered fish tanks and how to cultivate one for yourself.
Tips for Maintaining an Unfiltered Tank
The key to maintaining an unfiltered tank is to two-fold. First, you must carefully choose your tank inhabitants to make sure that they will not only survive in an unfiltered tank, but that they will contribute to the ecosystem. For example, live aquarium plants will act as filters by converting the CO2 produced by your fish into the oxygen they need to breathe. Having plenty of live plants in your unfiltered tank will help to keep the water quality in your tank high enough for your fish to survive.
Second, after you have set up your unfiltered tank you need to take certain steps to maintain high water quality. Stocking your tank with plants alone is not enough to accomplish this goal – you will also have to perform frequent water changes and be very careful...
Cultivating a planted tank is different from cultivating a fish-only tank. The articles in this category will help you learn how to setup a planted tank and what you need to do to keep your plants healthy.
The aquarium lighting system you choose for your tank will not only affect your tanks appearance but its performance as well. The articles in this category will help you choose the right system for your tank and will provide you with the information you need to make the most of your aquarium lighting.
What you choose to feed your fish will have a direct impact on their health and vitality. The articles in this category will help you understand the nutritional needs of your aquarium fish and will also provide the information you need to create a healthy, balanced diet for your fish.
Understanding freshwater fish diseases is the key to treating and preventing them. The articles in this category will help you deal with freshwater fish diseases and they will also teach you how to prevent them.
The way you decorate your tank makes a big difference in its appearance.
STOCKING THE TANK
The fish you choose to stock your tank is not a decision that should be made lightly. The articles in this category will help you understand the basics of fish compatibility and will provide you with other information you need to make an informed decision when stocking your tank.