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The Walstad Method Tank Guide

Oct 13 2021 3 Comments aquarium Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide layout/styles low tech tips

The Walstad Method Tank Guide  Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    What if I told you it’s possible to set up a natural planted tank that does not require regular water changes or even a running filter once established? To many aquarists, this just sounds like a pipe dream, but it's actually quite easy to achieve! You just have to create a balanced ecosystem with aquatic plants and other organisms in your aquarium using the Walstad Method.  Photo credit: @yoshelbey on Instagram What is the Walstad Method? Diana Walstad, the technical advisor for the Aquatic Gardeners Association and renowned ecologist, popularized the...

How to Adjust pH in the Freshwater Aquarium

Sep 23 2021 2 Comments aquarium beginner guide maintenance tips water

How to Adjust pH in the Freshwater Aquarium  Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    So you've started your planted tank and unfortunately for some reason, nothing is thriving. You buy a test kit and test your water to find that the levels in your aquarium are not right, especially the pH levels. Looking for ways to lower or increase the pH of your planted aquarium water? Some of those interested in the freshwater aquarium hobby may have water that has a lower or higher pH than the what's ideal for the aquarium fish, shrimp, or even aquatic plants they want to keep....

7 Things I Wish I Knew About Aquascaping

Sep 02 2021 6 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...

How to Grow Utricularia Graminifolia (UG)

Aug 26 2021 0 Comments beginner guest blog guide high tech plant profile plants tips

How to Grow Utricularia Graminifolia (UG) Written By: Chris (@shrimpery)   The Utricularia Graminifolia carnivorous plant (UG) can be a mystifying subject. It's a highly sought after foreground plant featuring grass like leaves that create a lawn of carpet. This carnivorous plant is like an aquatic grass, with thin stalks growing from roots that spread horizontally by sending out runners. The species of carnivorous plants is highly coveted for its unique, pristine appearance and ability to grow emersed and submerged. It seems to be one of those aquatic plants that either completely flourishes or totally dies off, depending on the individual setup....

Common Fish Diseases and How to Treat Them

Aug 18 2021 0 Comments beginner fish guest blog guide tips

Common Fish Diseases and How to Treat Them Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)      Just like people or any other living animal, fish get sick too! It’s common for aquarium fish to catch an illness when they’re stressed or living in poor conditions. Unfortunately, not many hobbyists see the signs of sickness until it’s too late. When you notice your fishy friends aren't doing so well, it can be a sinking feeling. You're left with the question: How do I treat my sick fish? This article will go over common fish diseases, as well as how to prevent, identify, and treat...

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...

All About Anubias Aquarium Plants

Jul 30 2021 1 Comment anubias beginner guide low tech plant profile plants

All About Anubias Aquarium Plants Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    If you’ve never kept aquarium plants before and you're looking to start your first planted fish tank, Anubias is an excellent choice for a starter plant! It's also a favorite plant to the most experienced aquascapers because of its versatility. Anubias is a popular plant for planted fish tanks due to its hardiness, easy care, and ability to thrive in different environments. In this article, we will give an overview of Anubias and its many varieties, its advantages against other aquatic flora, and popular types that you may encounter. Plant Profile -...

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...

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