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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,...

9 Common Planted Aquarium Mistakes to Avoid

May 02 2019 4 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...

Understanding Water Parameters in your Planted Tank

Feb 19 2019 2 Comments beginner guest blog maintenance tips water

Understanding water parameters in the planted tankBy Chris A. Out of all the ingredients that go into a successful planted tank- lighting, filtration, substrate, fertilization hardscape among them - I would argue that the quality of the water used in the tank may be most important. Just like we couldn’t survive breathing toxic air, plants and livestock will have a difficult time thriving in subpar water. The way people talk about water parameters can be confusing, but an understanding of what makes “good water” in a planted tank is critical for maintaining a healthy aquascape. Here is my simple breakdown...

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