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How to Quarantine Fish

Nov 18 2020 0 Comments beginner fish guest blog guide tips

How to Quarantine Fish Written by: Tammy Law (@aquarist_tl)   One of the major reasons people new to fishkeeping end up quitting the hobby is because they are unaware of how to maintain their fishes’ health. If they constantly run into problems trying to keep fish alive, eventually they will think that aquariums just aren’t for them. To solve this problem, all they need is a little more insight on what could be causing these issues.  In this article, we will go over the topic of setting up a quarantine system for fish. Quarantining new fish is an extremely important...

Lighting Requirements for a Planted Aquarium

Nov 05 2020 0 Comments aquarium beginner guest blog guide lighting tips

Lighting Requirements for a Planted Aquarium Written by: Anne (expertaquarist.com)   Be it planted in the ground or underwater, plants always are on our side. They bring a bag full of benefits, especially when it comes to planted tanks or aquariums. They are aesthetically appealing by adding color and variety as well as improving the surroundings. Light is life for aquatic plants. It is their bread and butter. So, in order to provide them with a healthy atmosphere, we need the right kind of lighting setup for their growth and well being.  There are several lighting requirements for a planted tank...

Best Plants for a Low-Tech Scape

Oct 28 2020 5 Comments beginner low tech plants shrimpery tips

Best Plants for a Low-Tech Scape Written by: Chris (@shrimpery)   Low tech, high tech- what is all this technology (or lack thereof) that aquarium people keep talking about? In short, it all comes down to CO2. “High tech” aquascapes inject pressurized CO2 into the water column, allowing plants to grow more quickly; the plants use the abundant CO2 to build their tissue, much like terrestrial plants do with ambient air. When forgoing CO2, most low tech enthusiasts also employ more moderate lighting and less additional fertilizer when compared to a high tech scape. Despite its many benefits, CO2 injection...

Advice on How to Fake a High-Tech Aquarium

Oct 23 2020 0 Comments beginner DIY guest blog guide low tech tips

Advice on How to Fake a High-Tech Aquarium Written by: Bryson (@unso.fish.ticated)   As the title suggests, there is a strategy to achieve the high-tech look on a low-tech tank! Let’s dive right in (pun intended). When it comes to high-tech aquariums, CO2 gear, high lighting, and a strict fertilizer schedule is typically the standard. Although, let’s explore ways to create the high-tech look without all of the expensive gear.    Thoughtfully Design Your Layout In terms of constructing your hardscape, practice makes perfect. Practice is necessary in order to be able to put together a nice composition that looks...

How to Do Planted Tank Maintenance Without Going Crazy

Oct 15 2020 1 Comment 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...

8 Step Guide: Glass Lily Pipe Maintenance

Oct 09 2020 0 Comments beginner guide high tech tips video

Glass Lily Pipe Maintenance Is your planted aquarium pristine all around EXCEPT for your lily pipes? Trust us, you aren’t alone. Many aquascapers (including us at Team BP!) struggle with keeping this prestigious piece of equipment squeaky clean. However, cleaning your glass lily pipes is not as difficult or time staking as you may think! Follow these 8 easy steps to tank perfection. Scroll to the very bottom of this article for a quick How To Video!   Step 1: Materials Needed Gather the necessary cleaning equipment: Disposable gloves Bleach Dymax Hose Pipe Brush Two empty containers Clean water UNS Microfiber...

Nutrient Deficiencies: Different Symptoms in Aquatic Plants

Oct 03 2020 0 Comments beginner guide maintenance plants tips

Nutrient Deficiencies: Different Symptoms in Aquatic Plants Written by: BP Team member Simon Zhu (@sz_aquatics) Do you have a tank with perfect lighting, CO2, and water parameters, but still having trouble with plant health? Have you noticed that your freshwater aquatic plants aren’t looking healthy for some reason? Are your aquarium plants mysteriously dying and you can’t quite figure out why?  It’s possible that your planted aquarium is missing one or several necessary micronutrients that are important for plant growth! Micronutrients are essential vitamins and minerals needed for all living organisms to have healthy growth and immunity. We will be reviewing the...

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 1 Comment 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...

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