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PLANTED SHRIMP TANK: WHAT IS THE BEST SUBSTRATE?

Jan 21 2021 0 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...

How to Add CO2 to Your Planted Aquarium

Dec 16 2020 0 Comments beginner co2 DIY guest blog guide tips video

Using CO2 in a planted aquarium Written by: Team BP & Anne (expertaquarist)   If you just recently established your planted aquarium then I’m sure you are thinking, “how do I get my aquatic plants to grow as fast & healthy as possible?”  You need a CO2 setup to make it a reality. CO2 might be lethal for us humans but it is the key to life for plants. CO2 is the biggest benefactor of photosynthesis, which is the way of survival for plant life. You can grow your aquatic plants in your aquascape 5-10 times faster by supplementing CO2. This...

The Best Way to Plant Different Types of Aquatic Plants

Dec 04 2020 0 Comments beginner guest blog guide maintenance plants shrimpery tips

The best way to plant different types of aquatic plants Written by: Chris (@shrimpery)   For people who love to work with their hands, planting an aquarium is one of the most satisfying parts of setting up a new scape. While the mind typically jumps to an image of planting stem plants with stainless steel aquascaping pinsettes, that is only one of the methods involved in setting up a planted tank. Depending on the location of the plant in the layout (towards the back, at the very front, on driftwood), different techniques are more effective. Below is a quick overview...

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...

How to Quarantine Fish

Nov 18 2020 4 Comments beginner fish guest blog guide tips

How to Quarantine Fish Written by: Tammy Law (@aquarist_tl)   One of the major reasons people new to fishkeeping end up quitting the hobby is because they are unaware of how to maintain their fishes’ health. If they constantly run into problems trying to keep fish alive, eventually they will think that aquariums just aren’t for them. To solve this problem, all they need is a little more insight on what could be causing these issues.  In this article, we will go over the topic of setting up a quarantine system for fish. Quarantining new fish is an extremely important...

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...

Best Plants for a Low-Tech Scape

Oct 28 2020 5 Comments beginner low tech plants shrimpery tips

Best Plants for a Low-Tech Scape Written by: Chris (@shrimpery)   Low tech, high tech- what is all this technology (or lack thereof) that aquarium people keep talking about? In short, it all comes down to CO2. “High tech” aquascapes inject pressurized CO2 into the water column, allowing plants to grow more quickly; the plants use the abundant CO2 to build their tissue, much like terrestrial plants do with ambient air. When forgoing CO2, most low tech enthusiasts also employ more moderate lighting and less additional fertilizer when compared to a high tech scape. Despite its many benefits, CO2 injection...

Advice on How to Fake a High-Tech Aquarium

Oct 23 2020 0 Comments beginner DIY guest blog guide low tech tips

Advice on How to Fake a High-Tech Aquarium Written by: Bryson (@unso.fish.ticated)   As the title suggests, there is a strategy to achieve the high-tech look on a low-tech tank! Let’s dive right in (pun intended). When it comes to high-tech aquariums, CO2 gear, high lighting, and a strict fertilizer schedule is typically the standard. Although, let’s explore ways to create the high-tech look without all of the expensive gear.    Thoughtfully Design Your Layout In terms of constructing your hardscape, practice makes perfect. Practice is necessary in order to be able to put together a nice composition that looks...

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