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How to Do Planted Tank Maintenance Without Going Crazy

Oct 15 2020 0 Comments algae beginner guest blog guide maintenance shrimpery tips

How to Do Planted Tank Maintenance Without Going Crazy by: Chris (@shrimpery)   Tank maintenance is one of those topics that planted aquarium hobbyists sort of gloss over when talking shop. Most hobbyists recognize the importance of keeping their tanks clean and healthy, but it can seem difficult to get good information on the subject beyond the basics. Routine upkeep is often portrayed as a tedious task, outshined by more interesting details such as specs, setup, and flora/fauna. In reality, it’s the cornerstone of having a great-looking scape. I’d like to share my process in an attempt to show that...

All About Pest Snails in the Planted Aquarium

Sep 25 2020 11 Comments aquarium beginner guest blog guide snail

All About Pest Snails in Your Planted Aquarium Written by Tammy Law (@aquarist_tl)   There may have been a time when you bought or received live plants for your aquarium, and then immediately placed them into the tank once you arrived home. Several days or weeks later while you’re observing the tank, you spot a random snail or two. A few weeks or months pass by, and suddenly there are snails in every spot of the aquarium you look at! This overpopulation is a common occurrence for those who first encounter pest snails in the hobby, and leaves many aquascapers...

Benefits of Live Plants for Breeding Fish/Shrimp

Sep 18 2020 3 Comments beginner fish guest blog plants shrimp tips

Benefits of Live Plants for Breeding Fish/Shrimp  Written by Tammy Law (@aquarist_tl)   Breeding fish and shrimp is considered one of the most fulfilling parts of the aquarium hobby. To be able to see a bunch of baby fish or shrimp growing up in your tank and knowing you had a part to play in it can be very rewarding. As someone that has bred a few species of fish and shrimp, there’s one particular thing I find myself almost always implementing in my breeding set-ups: live aquatic plants.  Whether you have livebearers like guppies, egg-scattering fish such as tetras, or...

Planted Aquarium Substrate: Soil, Gravel, and Sand

Sep 04 2020 1 Comment beginner guest blog guide layout/styles substrate tips

Planted Aquarium Substrate: Soil, Gravel, and Sand Written by Tammy Law (@aquarist_tl)   Thinking about starting a new aquarium and wondering which substrate is right for your setup? Or if you need any substrate at all? Every aquarium has their own style and unique layout. Some serve a more functional purpose while others are more for aesthetics.  This article will go over the benefits and disadvantages of bare-bottom tanks vs. tanks with substrate, as well as the pros and cons of the three main types of substrates used in the freshwater aquarium hobby: gravel, sand, and soil.    Bare-bottom vs....

Dry Start Method Step by Step Guide

Sep 02 2020 0 Comments beginner DIY dry start guest blog guide layout/styles tips

Dry Start Method Step by Step Guide Written by Team BP & Bryson Zheng (@unso.fish.ticated) The initial weeks of starting a planted aquarium are often the most frustrating. You might experience plants that seem set on floating and sparse growth.  Let me introduce you to the dry start method (DSM). This bad boy solution gives you the opportunity to bypass all of the aforementioned problems! The dry start method simply allows your plants to grow quicker while emersed until their roots are established. It is also the easiest and quickest way to grow carpet plants. The DSM gives your plants more abundant access...

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,...

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