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

Nov 29 2019 5 Comments algae planted tank plantedaquarium plantedtank

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,...

Choosing the Right Tank for your Planted Aquarium

Aug 20 2019 0 Comments guide plantedaquarium plantedtank

Plan Accordingly With all of the planning and nuance that goes into setting up a serious planted aquarium and aquascape, it can be easy to get lost in the weeds. There are plenty of exciting planning that must be done- from the plant selection, hardscape and layout considerations, down to the choice of aquarium lighting, CO2 injection, etc. It seems surprising, but one of the least thought-out aspects of new tank setups is the selection of the actual, physical tank that will hold all of your ideas together. Treat this critical item as an afterthought, and you will potentially be...

A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Shrimp

Mar 29 2019 1 Comment caridina neocaridina plantedaquarium plantedtank shrimp shrimptank

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...