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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...

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...

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...

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...

7 Tips to Make Your Aquascape Look Professional

Apr 02 2021 1 Comment aquarium Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide high tech layout/styles shrimpery tips

7 Tips to Make Your Aquascape Look Professional Written By: Chris (@shrimpery)   Do you ever see a photograph of an aquascape that looks objectively great while still feeling a bit… off? The key elements (healthy plants, clear water, thoughtful hardscape) are all there, but something is undeniably amiss, preventing the scape from reaching the next level. Here are some simple aquascaping tricks that can have a surprisingly large impact in terms of making your scape appear higher quality.   1. Keep your substrate very shallow at the front of the tank An unnecessarily thick line of substrate abutting the front...

Tips for Maintaining an Aquascape with Multiple Substrates

Feb 26 2021 4 Comments aquarium beginner guide layout/styles maintenance substrate tips

Tips for Maintaining an Aquascape with Multiple Substrates  Written by: Tammy (@aquarist_tl)   Many classic nature aquascapes these days use multiple types of substrates in their layouts. The two most prominent ones are usually sand and soil. Sand is commonly used in the foreground of the scape to give it a nice clean look while aquarium soil is typically found in the middle and back areas of the tank to provide nutrients for the aquatic plants when they are added. There are even extravagant aquascapes that will use the sand to form paths or “rivers” within the aquarium. Although the use...

Top 5 Aquascaping Styles

Dec 22 2020 1 Comment aquarium Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide layout/styles shrimpery tips

Top 5 Aquascaping Styles Written by: Chris (@shrimpery)   What do aquascaping and painting have in common? Besides being quarantine-friendly hobbies, there are many styles to work with in each. A skilled painter can evoke just as much meaning and beauty from an abstracted, pointillist piece as they can from a hyper-realistic still-life. Likewise, aquascapers can make an equally beautiful beautiful biotope tank, Iwagumi scape, or traditional nature aquarium. Of course, some styles are more popular than others, but I thought it would be fun to rank my top 5 favorite styles for you to try.   Biotope The most...

Planted Aquarium Substrate: Soil, Gravel, and Sand

Sep 04 2020 2 Comments 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 2 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...

Which Twinstar LED Light is Best For You?

Aug 13 2020 0 Comments guide layout/styles lighting

Which Twinstar LED Light is Best For You?   Purchasing the perfect LED light for your planted tank is crucial to your scape’s success. That being said, we understand how the process of buying the right aquarium lighting can be overwhelming. With an abundance of brands and types, where do you even start?  Our answer: Twinstar. This company is globally known for their full spectrum LED lights that will enhance the coloration and bring your tank to life--whether it be a planted aquarium, terrarium, shrimp tank, or fish tank. Twinstar lights come in sleek, minimalist designs that range in price...

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