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9 Common Planted Aquarium Mistakes to Avoid

May 02 2019 8 Comments beginner fertilizer fish guest blog maintenance plants tips water

NINE COMMON PLANTED AQUARIUM MISTAKES TO AVOID Having trouble finding a good balance in your new tank? Can’t understand why your plants won’t take off, but algae is thriving? Setting up a successful planted tank is supposed to be fun, but it can be frustrating when things don’t turn out as planned. I made many errors when I set up my first few aquascapes back in 2015, and I see plenty of people facing similar challenges online. I hope that the following list of mistakes to avoid will help everything go more smoothly! In no particular order:   NOT ENOUGH WATER...

Creating a Traditional Nature Aquarium Layout

Oct 29 2018 0 Comments Aquascapes beginner co2 fish guest blog hardscape high tech layout/styles plants shrimp tips

When you’re new to aquascaping and are looking to set up a new tank, it can be a bit difficult to know where to begin. Some of the most frequent questions I receive on my Instagram account @shrimpery run along the lines of: “what kind of CO2 setup do I need,” or “what kind of soil do you use?” Because I recently set up a new high tech aquarium in my UNS 60U aquarium, I figured that this would be a good opportunity to share my thought process during the setup, along with details about gear and materials used.

Stocking Considerations for High-tech Aquariums

Jul 30 2018 2 Comments fish guest blog high tech shrimp tips

Thought about having livestock in your planted aquarium? Fish, shrimp, and snails can affect the balance of your aquarium as well as enhance the beauty of your aquascaped tank. Here are some tips and ideas of livestock to have when paired with your high tech tank.

Adventures in Japanese Ricefish and the Emersed Aquarium

Apr 04 2018 4 Comments Aquascapes fish guest blog layout/styles

Guest blogger: Chris (IG @shrimpery) Shrimpery Blog Entry 1: Emersed plants in the aquarium Recently, after coming over and seeing my seven aquariums, a friend commented that I’m like an old cat lady, except in this case the cats are shrimp. But by my reasoning, there are so many different styles of aquariums- why settle on keeping just one tank? You can see how I’ve almost managed to convince myself that keeping seven tanks is normal. Regardless, out of all the aquariums in my lineup, one stands out as a clear favorite: the ricefish tank on my desk, featuring emersed...

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Algae in a Fishtank

Mar 06 2017 4 Comments algae beginner fertilizer fish maintenance shrimp snail tips

  One of the greatest concerns of all aquatic plant enthusiasts is algae prevention. Once algae get a foothold in a planted aquarium it can be hard to bring it under control. We’ll take a look at the different kinds of algae that make trouble in planted tanks, what stimulates their growth and how to keep algae under control. But first let’s compare aquatic plants to algae so we can understand the similarities and differences. Plants vs. Algae It is important to understand that aquatic plants and algae both need light and nutrients to survive. When you see a beautiful...