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7 Things I Wish I Knew About Aquascaping

Sep 02 2021 3 Comments aquarium beginner guide high tech tips

7 Things I Wish I Knew About Aquascaping Written by: Curtis from Team BP   Feeling overwhelmed with all the information about aquascaping? We’ve all been there. Aquascaping can seem daunting at first, after all, you’re going to be responsible for maintaining an entire ecosystem. If you are looking for general guidance on creating your first successful tank, keep reading! Through incorporating ideas from this article, you’ll be able to prioritize the important ideas needed for a thriving aquascape.  Here is a list of 7 things I wish I knew when I first started aquascaping, or 7 useful aquascaping tips that...

Best Plants for a Freshwater Shrimp Tank

Aug 11 2021 1 Comment aquarium beginner guest blog guide plants shrimp tips

Best Plants for a Freshwater Shrimp Tank Written by: Gabe (saltwateraquariumblog.com)   If you’re interested in freshwater aquariums or becoming an aquarist, it is important to recognize the benefits of freshwater aquarium plants and what they can do for the inside of your tank. Not only will plants add greenery and aesthetics to your tank, but they can help keep it clean, oxygenate the water, and regulate a proper pH balance. In the end, aquarium plants are a good idea when keeping dwarf shrimp. The ideal environment for freshwater shrimp includes plants and greenery that provide them with a good...

5 Popular Freshwater Fish for Planted Aquariums

Jul 15 2021 1 Comment aquarium Aquascapes beginner fish tips

5 Popular Freshwater Fish for Planted Aquariums  Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    In aquascaping, adding freshwater fish is the final touch that make your aquascape thrive with life. Now that you have finished your masterpiece of an aquarium, it's time to add its inhabitants! If you’re on the lookout for popular aquarium fish to add to your planted tanks, here are 5 options that would make great candidates:   1. Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae)   The Ember Tetra has grown to be an extremely popular fish among aquascapers. They are friendly community fish that are great at schooling (which let's face it, looks amazing!)....

8 Tips for Your First High-Tech Aquarium

Jun 30 2021 0 Comments aquarium beginner guest blog high tech layout/styles shrimpery tips

8 Tips for Your First High-Tech Aquarium Written By: Chris (@shrimpery)   It is easy to get so carried away in the excitement of decorating your planted tank that you neglect to build a foundation for a sustainable setup. In particular, going the high-tech route can be particularly unforgiving, especially if utilizing demanding aquatic plants (in the hobby, ‘high-tech’ refers to the use of injected CO2). Here are eight tips for your first high tech aquarium that will help avoid extra headache down the line.     1. Start off with the biggest tank you can fit and afford. The larger...

6 Types of Aquarium Pests (& How to Get Rid of Them!)

Jun 24 2021 1 Comment aquarium beginner guide tips

6 Types of Aquarium Pests (& How to Get Rid of Them!) Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    Have you ever encountered tiny unknown (and unwelcome) creatures crawling around inside your aquarium and wondered what they were? It’s a pretty common sight to see in established planted aquariums, especially planted shrimp tanks. While most of these little critters are harmless (and actually beneficial to the tank), there are some that may pose a threat to your fish or shrimp. This leaves us with the predicament: how to get rid of aquarium pests. In this article, we will go over: Where did they...

How to Prevent Aquarium Plant Melt

Jun 09 2021 1 Comment aquarium beginner guide maintenance tips

How to Prevent Aquarium Plant Melt Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    It is very common for planted aquarium keepers to experience the leaves of their aquatic plants turning brown and translucent, which is also referred to as “melting.” This can be discouraging to some, especially those new to the hobby. However, the process of a few leaves melting on newly added plants is actually natural in most cases. As long as the aquarium meets the proper conditions needed for the plants to thrive, they will bounce back! In this article, we will go over the main reasons why aquarium plants melt and how...

Aquascaper's Guide to an Algae-Free Tank

May 27 2021 1 Comment algae aquarium beginner guest blog guide maintenance tips

AQUASCAPER'S GUIDE TO AN ALGAE-FREE TANK Written by: Gracie Mandel   Algae, (or as some of our British friends pronounce it “Al-Guee”), is a pain that almost every aquascaper or aquarium-keeper in the hobby will experience at one point. You invest your time, money, and patience into building a beautiful landscape of aquarium plants and animals, just to be bombarded the unexpected nuisance of an algae bloom. Now, you find yourself with the ultimate predicament: how to get rid of algae. But, you may have forgotten the most important aspect of keeping a planted tank; research. With proper research, you...

How to Take Quality Photos of Your Planted Aquarium

May 13 2021 1 Comment aquarium beginner guest blog guide high tech layout/styles shrimpery tips

How to Take Quality Photos of Your Planted Aquarium Written By: Chris (@shrimpery)   Aquascaping is a visual hobby. The planted tank is analogous to a canvas, and just like with painting, there is a certain amount of taste needed to achieve a pleasing composition with aquarium plants. While that composition should be appealing to you first and foremost, it’s nice to share it with others. In order to effectively capture the spirit of a beautiful planted aquarium, having some basic understanding of photography is helpful. I’m not talking focal length or apertures here- all of my photos are taken on...

How to Remove Pest Snails from Your Aquarium

May 06 2021 1 Comment aquarium beginner guest blog guide maintenance snail tips

How to Remove Pest Snails from Your Aquarium Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    If you’re having a pest aquarium snail infestation in your tank that’s getting out of control, then keep reading! A large number of snails can not only make planted aquarium maintenance more stressful, but it can seem as though there are snails in every spot of the aquarium you look at!  Don't be discouraged - this overpopulation is a common occurrence. If you’d like to learn more about pest snails like where they came from or the common types, feel free to check out All About Pest Snails in...

How to Quarantine New Aquarium Plants

Apr 22 2021 7 Comments algae aquarium beginner guide maintenance plants shrimp tips

How to Quarantine New Aquarium Plants Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)      Most of us are eager to get our newly received aquatic plants into our established planted tanks, but there are potential pests and harmful chemicals that could be transferred into the aquarium through newly added plants. Pests (like snails) are a natural part of the environment, and unless you purchased tissue culture plants, these hitchhikers might make your planted tank their new home. Many of these multiplying pests can become an eyesore, while others are harmful to your fauna and can result in the loss of your fish and shrimp.  In this article,...

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