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Tips for Beginners in the Aquarium Hobby

Apr 09 2021 0 Comments aquarium beginner fish guest blog tips

Tips for Beginners in the Aquarium Hobby Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    Starting a new hobby can be fun and exciting, but it can also be challenging. Especially a hobby like fish-keeping that involves taking care of live animals. In general, a lot of people go into the aquarium hobby not knowing much about anything in relation to aquatic life. So when they begin their first aquarium, and continuously run into issues with their fishes’ health or other problems, it can discourage them from moving forward on their fishkeeping journey. Hopefully, these tips will help those interested or new to the aquarium...

7 Tips to Make Your Aquascape Look Professional

Apr 02 2021 1 Comment aquarium Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide high tech layout/styles shrimpery tips

7 Tips to Make Your Aquascape Look Professional Written By: Chris (@shrimpery)   Do you ever see a photograph of an aquascape that looks objectively great while still feeling a bit… off? The key elements (healthy plants, clear water, thoughtful hardscape) are all there, but something is undeniably amiss, preventing the scape from reaching the next level. Here are some simple aquascaping tricks that can have a surprisingly large impact in terms of making your scape appear higher quality.   1. Keep your substrate very shallow at the front of the tank An unnecessarily thick line of substrate abutting the front...

Tips for Maintaining an Aquascape with Multiple Substrates

Feb 26 2021 3 Comments aquarium beginner guide layout/styles maintenance substrate tips

Tips for Maintaining an Aquascape with Multiple Substrates  Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)   Many classic nature aquascapes these days use multiple types of substrates in their layouts. The two most prominent ones are usually sand and soil. Sand is commonly used in the foreground of the scape to give it a nice clean look while aquarium soil is typically found in the middle and back areas of the tank to provide nutrients for the aquatic plants when they are added. There are even extravagant aquascapes that will use the sand to form paths or “rivers” within the aquarium. Although the use...

A Guide for Keeping Freshwater Shrimp

Feb 02 2021 0 Comments aquarium beginner guide shrimp tips

A Guide for Keeping Freshwater Shrimp Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl) When most people think of aquariums, they expect to find fish living in them, but there is actually a vast amount of hobbyists that maintain shrimp-only tanks. There are also those that have tanks with both shrimp and fish cohabitating with one another. Freshwater dwarf shrimp are still a mystery for some people that are new to the aquarium hobby. These tiny invertebrates can make great additions to the right aquariums! If you’re thinking about setting up a shrimp tank or adding a freshwater shrimp species into a tank that’s already...

PLANTED SHRIMP TANK: WHAT IS THE BEST SUBSTRATE?

Jan 21 2021 6 Comments aquarium beginner guest blog guide shrimp substrate tips

PLANTED SHRIMP TANK: WHAT IS THE BEST SUBSTRATE? Written by: Gracie Mandel There are shrimp tanks, and there are planted tanks, right? It seems that most aquariums must adhere to one category or the other. However, with the vast and ever-improving products and knowledge, it is possible to have both in one.  That said, there are different schools of thought when it comes to this. Can you really have an aesthetically-pleasing, heavily-planted aquascape, and still keep your shrimp’s health a priority? Let’s explore this idea. This article will cover the different varieties of aquatic substrates and the pros and cons...

Keeping Bettas: Why You Need a Planted Tank

Jan 08 2021 3 Comments aquarium beginner fish guest blog tips

Keeping Bettas: Why You Need a Planted Tank Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl) Betta fish are one of the most popular species in the aquarium hobby. It’s easy to get captivated by their vibrant colors and gorgeous finnage. They are available in so many types, species, and styles. Although usually sold in cups or tiny containers, I believe these beautiful fish deserve beautiful homes that make them feel safe and comfortable. Planted aquariums check all of the boxes for a great betta environment. Not only do planted tanks look good, they also provide a multitude of benefits for betta fish.  When It...

Top 5 Aquascaping Styles

Dec 22 2020 1 Comment aquarium Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide layout/styles shrimpery tips

Top 5 Aquascaping Styles Written by: Chris (@shrimpery)   What do aquascaping and painting have in common? Besides being quarantine-friendly hobbies, there are many styles to work with in each. A skilled painter can evoke just as much meaning and beauty from an abstracted, pointillist piece as they can from a hyper-realistic still-life. Likewise, aquascapers can make an equally beautiful beautiful biotope tank, Iwagumi scape, or traditional nature aquarium. Of course, some styles are more popular than others, but I thought it would be fun to rank my top 5 favorite styles for you to try.   Biotope The most...

Top 5 Algae Eaters for a Planted Aquarium

Nov 27 2020 8 Comments algae aquarium beginner fish maintenance shrimp snail tips

Top 5 Algae Eaters for a Planted Aquarium Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)   One thing many aquarium owners can relate to is our efforts in keeping algae out of the planted tank. During aquarium maintenance, there usually exists a step or two in the process where algae removal is involved. This can include scraping it off the walls of the tank, using pinsettes to pluck out hair algae attached to aquatic plants in the aquarium, or brushing it off rocks or other hardscape decorations. It can be a hassle trying to perfect the look of your planted aquarium when the...

Lighting Requirements for a Planted Aquarium

Nov 05 2020 1 Comment aquarium beginner guest blog guide lighting tips

Lighting Requirements for a Planted Aquarium Written by: Anne (expertaquarist.com)   Be it planted in the ground or underwater, plants always are on our side. They bring a bag full of benefits, especially when it comes to planted tanks or aquariums. They are aesthetically appealing by adding color and variety as well as improving the surroundings. Light is life for aquatic plants. It is their bread and butter. So, in order to provide them with a healthy atmosphere, we need the right kind of lighting setup for their growth and well being.  There are several lighting requirements for a planted tank...

All About Pest Snails in the Planted Aquarium

Sep 25 2020 13 Comments aquarium beginner guest blog guide snail

All About Pest Snails in Your Planted Aquarium Written by Tammy Law (@aquarist_tl)   There may have been a time when you bought or received live plants for your aquarium, and then immediately placed them into the tank once you arrived home. Several days or weeks later while you’re observing the tank, you spot a random snail or two. A few weeks or months pass by, and suddenly there are snails in every spot of the aquarium you look at! This overpopulation is a common occurrence for those who first encounter pest snails in the hobby, and leaves many aquascapers...

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