Blog — guest blog

How to Prep Your Aquarium for a Move

Jun 17 2020 0 Comments aquarium Aquascapes guest blog guide maintenance tips

By:  Chris Okula (@nano.scapes)   Moving your aquarium is one of the most stressful parts of aquarium ownership. Although you may never plan to move an aquarium, life is an ever-changing adventure and whether you’re moving into a new home, college dorm, or new apartment a move could be in your future. Even if you're not planning on moving anytime soon it’s important that you know how to prep your aquarium for the big day.  1. Setup Your Landing Zone Before you even think about moving your aquarium, you need to first decide where it’s going to live in your new...

Create Your Own Blackwater Biotope - Tips & Tricks

Jun 11 2020 0 Comments aquarium DIY guest blog guide layout/styles tips water

Create Your Own Blackwater Biotope - Tips & Tricks By: S. Sanders (@ShrimpletScaping)   Picture this; a deep orange tint of aquarium water creates a beautiful glow and warmth in the room, and the odd flash of a cardinal tetra’s bright blue stripe catches your eye whilst you’re reading a book... doesn’t this make you want you to scape your own blackwater aquarium now?!  Blackwater aquariums are beautiful. They are pleasing to the eye and pleasing to the fish. This is possibly the best way in which us aquarists can please our fish-- by recreating their natural habitat and water parameters. ...

7 Steps to Create Your Own Mini Pond

Jun 05 2020 0 Comments DIY guest blog layout/styles plants

7 Steps to Create Your Own Mini Pond By:  Bryson (@unso.fish.ticated)   I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this blog post, you keep a planted aquarium. Oftentimes, enthusiasts of planted aquaria find themselves with an excess amount of plants. I hate tossing trimmings or plant material of any kind. In turn, I’ve taken to adding suitable plants to tubs and buckets outside. These containers get quite lush and messy from the amount of sunlight they receive. I like how my tubs look, but you may be more stringent on the aesthetic of your back porch and may have an...

Transitioning Aquatic Plants to Emersed Form - Wabi Kusa

Feb 06 2020 4 Comments Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide layout/styles plants tips

  Most of the aquatic plants we use in the aquascaping hobby are not truly aquatic plants. In nature, you are more likely to find them along a shoreline, often in areas that have fluctuating water levels. Depending on what the situation requires, they are equally adept at surviving underwater or on dry land (ie, moist soil) indefinitely. This makes them different from obligate aquatic plants, which can only survive underwater (one example of a true aquatic is Blyxa). No one would blame you for thinking ‘emersed’ is a typo of ‘immersed,’ but the word immersed is actually another way...

How to Keep an Aquarium Next to a Window Algae Free!

Nov 29 2019 5 Comments algae beginner fertilizer guest blog guide maintenance tips

Sometimes the perfect space for an aquarium is near a window, or in a bright, sunny spot. Unfortunately, the idea that sunlight causes algae, scares many hobbyists into keeping their tanks in darkened rooms. In reality, it is perfectly possible, even preferable, to keep your tank in a bright, cheery, sun-filled environment, with no algae problems. All you have to do is avoid three common pitfalls that can lead to trouble. Here is a quick guide to keeping your aquarium bright and clean, even if it is situated right next to a window. As I tell people all the time,...

Easy Aquarium Plants for Beginners and Beyond

Sep 24 2019 1 Comment anubias beginner bucephalandra guest blog plants

There's a huge variety of freshwater aquatic plants to choose from, but you're probably wondering which plants are the best to start off with. Here are some beautiful aquarium plants that are easy to grow and look great among other plants.

Choosing the Right Tank for your Planted Aquarium

Aug 20 2019 0 Comments aquarium beginner guest blog tips

Starting a plant aquarium is exciting as it is fun, but as you begin, you might run into the problem of where - or rather what should you start. Sizing and aesthetics all shape what can go into your next aquascaped tank, so here's a helpful guide in choosing the best aquarium for your next project.

Four Tips for Achieving Red Aquarium Plants

Jun 12 2019 2 Comments fertilizer guest blog lighting plants tips

Red in a Planted Aquarium? One of the more mystifying subjects in the realm of aquascaping seems to be red plants: why do some people have intense reds, while others struggle to get much color at all? I can humbly admit that I am in the first category- but it took some trial and error to get my plants to reach their full potential in terms of rich coloration. As usual, it can be challenging to get good information on the subject, so I wanted to take a little time to break down my techniques and observations in order to...

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...

A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Shrimp

Mar 29 2019 2 Comments beginner guest blog guide shrimp tips

Shrimp are Friends, Not Food! As rewarding as fish can be to keep, sometimes more variety is needed. As you may have guessed by my Instagram handle (@shrimpery), I am a big fan of keeping freshwater shrimp as pets. In fact, they are what introduced me to the aquarium hobby! Here is a brief primer on how to go about keeping these friendly, colorful and prolific animals in your own tank. First things first: the species of shrimp you select will determine how easy it is to keep and breed. I break down the selection into three categories- Neocaridina shrimp...

Page 1 of 2
  • 1
  • 2