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The Walstad Method Tank Guide

Oct 13 2021 0 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...

Heterandria Formosa Habitat Aquascape

Sep 29 2021 3 Comments Aquascapes fish guest blog layout/styles low tech paludarium pond plant

Heterandria Formosa Habitat Aquascape Written By: Chris (@shrimpery)   Heterandria formosa is the smallest live bearing fish and one of the world’s smallest vertebrates in general. Native to shallow planted areas at the water’s edge, they are a perfect fit for my pond-style aquascapes. Membership in the Poeciliidae family makes the species a relative of guppies and mollies, although much less commonly kept. The fish also happens to be native to the area where I grew up, the extreme southeastern part of Alabama (as well parts of Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida) in the southeastern United States. Prolific, hardy, and...

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...

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...

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...

Discus Care Guide: How to Keep a Discus Aquarium

May 20 2021 1 Comment fish guest blog guide high tech tips

Discus Care Guide: How to Keep a Discus Aquarium Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)    Often known as the “king of aquarium fish,” discus earn their title through their gorgeous colors, patterns, and variations. Particular strains of them are highly sought after, and some can easily reach a price of hundreds of dollars for just one. Even though this species of fish is so beautiful, they are not as commonly found in the hobby as other fish. This is likely because there is another connotation about discus being one of the most difficult freshwater fish to keep. While discus fish care may require...

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...

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