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...
The Arowana is a very large but graceful fish that makes a very interesting freshwater tank inhabitant.
There are countless different species of freshwater fish on the planet and not all of them are right for captivity. Still, if you have enough tank space and take the time to learn about their needs, the Arowana is a very unique type of fish that can be kept in the freshwater tank at home. The name Arowana refers to a group of fishes and there are several different types to choose from. In this article you will learn the basics about these beautiful fish and receive some tips for keeping them in your own tank.
What is an Arowana?
The Arowana is a type of bony freshwater fish that belongs to the family Osteoglossidae – these fish also carry the name “bonytongues”. These fish are known for their elongated bodies which are covered in a mosaic of thick, heavy scales. Arowanas have bony heads with soft rays on the anal and dorsal fins but their ventral and pectoral fins are very small compared to the size of the fish. The nickname of these fish, bonytongues, was given in reference to the fact that they possess a toothed bone on the floor of their mouth. This bony “tongue” allows the fish to bite against the teeth located on the roof of its mouth. Another unique adaptation this type of fish exhibits is the ability to breathe air using the swim bladder organ.
Fish belonging to the family Osteoglossidae are carnivores – they eat everything from fish and...
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.