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These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:24:55 +0000

 



Aquarium Sizes and Weights Chart

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Sizes and filled weights for standard aquariums.



How to Fight Algae Overgrowth in Your Aquarium

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Sooner or later everyone battles algae in their aquarium. This algae reference explains the types of the algae types seen in aquariums, their causes, and cures.



How to Diagnose and Treat Dropsy in Aquarium Fish

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Dropsy is not actually a disease, but a symptom of a number of diseases. How to diagnose and treat various disorders that cause dropsy in aquarium fish.



How Much and How Often Should You Feed Aquarium...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

One of the most common mistakes made by fishowners is overfeeding fish. Just how much and how often should you feed your fish?



Causes of Cloudy Water in Your Fish Tank

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Virtually everyone experiences it at one time or another. What causes cloudy water, and how do you clear it up? These answers will clear things up for you.



What Causes Brown Algae in My Fish Tank?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Aquarium algae is one of the most frustrating problems to deal with. Here is how to identify and cope with brown algae.



A Guide to Everything About Aquarium Heaters

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Your aquarium water temperature is an important factor in the comfort and well being of your fish. This aquarium heater guide covers everything you need to know about heaters, from heater types to heater sizes to heater placement.



List of Aquarium Fish Species by Common Name

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A comprehensive library of aquarium fish photos and profiles, sorted by common name.



How Long Aquarium Fish Live, Depends on Species...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Ever wondered how long your fish will live? Lifespans of aquarium fish vary considerably depending on species and care are given, here is an estimate



Which Size Heater Do You Need for Your Aquarium?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Find the right size of heater for your aquarium with this handy heater size guide.



Do I Need a Special Stand for My Aquarium?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Unsure if you really need a stand for the aquarium you are going to buy? Or perhaps aquarium stands not on your budget. Here are the reasons why you may, or may not, need to purchase a special aquarium stand.



Cold Water Fish Species for Your Fresh Water...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

When choosing fish for a community tank, one of the factors that should be considered is the optimum water temperature for the species you are choosing. Fish that require warm water should not be kept with fish requiring cooler water. Here are some options for coldwater fish.



How to Manage Pop-Eye in Aquarium Fish

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Pop-eye, or Exophthalmia, is not a disease itself, but it is a sign that something is wrong. What may be going on when a fish presents with a pop-eye.



How to Treat aSwim Bladder Disorder in Aquarium...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Swim Bladder Disorder refers to issues affecting the swim bladder, rather than a single disease. Affected fish will exhibit problems with buoyancy,



Why Stocking Your Aquarium Evenly is Important

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Aquarium Fish are grouped into categories, these groups typically swim at the top, middle, near the bottom or at the bottom, learn the proper mix here.



Proper Nutrition for Your Aquarium Fish

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Nutrition is important for fish health. This comprehensive fish feeding resource of articles and product reviews about foods will help you keep your fish in top health.



Siamese Fighting Fish - Bettas

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A detailed profile of the Siamese Fighting Fish, Betta Splendens, including habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.



Starting a Fresh Water Aquarium? Avoid These...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Top mistakes made when starting a new aquarium, and how to avoid them. New aquarium owners make fatal mistakes because they don't know the pitfalls to avoid.



The Causes and Cures of Cyanobacteria or...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Cyanobacteria is a common, but difficult to manage, aquarium problem. Here is how to identify and cope with Cyanobacteria, also known as Blue-Green Algae or Slime Algae.



Low Oxygen in Aquarium Water

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How to recognize and correct low oxygen conditions in a freshwater aquarium.



Where Aquarium Fish Prefer to Swim

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Choosing fish that prefer different levels within the tank results in a more attractive aquarium and assures that your fish will not have to compete for space. Here is a list, split by preferred level, of one hundred fish that can be part of a community tank. Keep in mind that water conditions (pH, temp, hardness), size, and compatibility must also be considered when choosing fish for your community tank.



Cleaning a Dirty the Right Way, make your Fish...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

How to clean a dirty aquarium the right way, the tools you'll need, what to stay away from and instructions for making your tank look beautiful again.



How Many Fish Will My Aquarium Hold?

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How many fish can your tank safely hold? Learn the pros and cons of different methods for calculating how many fish your aquarium will hold.



What Aquarium Owners Need to Know about the...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Fin Rot is a bacterial disease that occuring in aquarium fish, caused by environmental factors, a preventable disease, diagnose, treat and prevent.



What Is Nitrite Poisoning in Aquarium Fish?

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How to diagnose and treat Nitrite Poisoning



Treating Ammonia Poisoning in Aquarium Fish

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Ammonia poisoning can be deadly, but can be treated if caught early. Learn how to treat ammonia poisoning, and what you can do to avoid it in the future.



Tips to Help Rid Your Aquarium of Snails

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

As long as aquariums have been round, the battle with snails has been waged. Fortunately, it's a battle you can win. Here's how.



8 Popular Fish Species for Your Fresh Water...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

A library of freshwater aquarium fish profiles that include; photos, habitat, general care, feeding, and breeding.



How Well Do You Know You Know Your Bettas?...

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Bettas are one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish. These FAQs cover some commonly asked questions about them, like why Bettas spit out food.



Is Aquarium Water Testing Really Necessary,...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Aquarium water testing is a critical part of fishkeeping, yet is universally overlooked. Often the fish owner is unaware of testing and its necessity.



Cleaning Aquarium Plants - Artificial and Live

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Plants are an important part of any aquarium decor, but what does an owner do when they get dirty? Learn how to safely clean live or artificial plants.



How to Replace Aquarium Gravel

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A Q & A about replacing aquarium gravel: aquarium gravel gravel bed gallon aquarium bacterial colonies beneficial bacteria



Missing Aquarium Fish

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Description: Every aquarium owner has had an occasion when they looked at their tank and realize that they couldn't locate all their fish. Perhaps the fish eventually reappeared, but other times the fish is never found. What causes fish to disappear, and in some cases, never be found?



Discolored Aquarium Water

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Has your aquarium water ever looked yellow or brownish? Here's what may be causing it, and how to fix it.



Nitrate Poisoning in Aquarium Fish

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

How to diagnose and treat nitrate poisoning.



How to Manage Nitrates in Your Aquarium

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

The significance of nitrates in the aquarium are arguably less understood by fishkeepers than the effect of ammonia and nitrites. Although nitrates are not directly lethal in the way ammonia or nitrites are, over time high levels of nitrate have a negative effect on fish, plants and the aquarium in general.



What You Should Do to Remove White Residue from...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

White residue on aquarium glass and equipment is an annoying fact of life. Here's an inexpensive and simple way to remove it.



What Is Old Tank Syndrome in a Freshwater...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

What is old tank syndrome? Is it when the tank wears out, or equipment becomes out of date? Old tank syndrome refers to more than just the age of the tank, as this article will explain.



Is There an Easy Way to Determine the Sex of a...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Determining the sex of your freshwater fish isn't always straightforward. These tips will help you determine if your Gourami is a male or female.



Columnaris Disease in Aquarium Fish

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Columnaris is often misdiagnosed, due to sometimes having a fungal appearance. Unfortunately fungal treatments are not effective against this bacterial disease Here is how to diagnose and treat Columnaris.



Choosing the Right Size Aquarium Equipment for...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Everyone has basic questions about how much and what size is needed when setting up an aquarium. Here is a collection of information about the size of tanks, heaters, filters, volume of substrate, as well as conversion charts.



Sponge Filters for Aquariums

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Sponge filters are overlooked by my aquarium owners, even though they are ideal for certain situations. Learn the pros and cons of sponge filters, and what they are best used for.



How Long Should You Keep Your Aquarium Lights On?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Aquarium lights usually don't come with a tag saying when to turn them on and off. So, how long should aquarium lights be left on?



Before You Buy an Aquarium

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When purchasing an aquarium it is important to consider the needs of the fish that will live it. Here are the important factors to consider before you buy an aquarium.



Treating Aquarium Water

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A primer of water treatment products, and what they are used for.



How to Reduce the Level of Phosphates in Your...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Phosphates are one of the primary causes of algae overgrowth, fish health and plants. Here's what you need to know about phosphates in the aquarium.



How to Determine the Sex of Your Fish

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Determining the sex of fish isn't always an easy task. Tips for sexing various species of fish, Determining male and female when starting Breeding project



Causes and Cures for Slime Algae

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Algae is one of the most frustrating problems to deal with. Here is how to identify and cope with Slime Algae.



How Do I Heat a Betta Tank?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Bettas require warm water to be happy and healthy. The problem is that Bettas are often kept in small bowls or tanks. These mini heaters are a perfect solution.



What's That Strange Foam on Your Aquarium Water?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Foam floating on your aquarium water is nothing short of disturbing. Where did it come from? Is it dangerous? What can be done to get rid of it? This article will answer all those questions about foamy aquarium water.



What You Need to Know Before You Buy a New...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Biological and mechanical filtration is critical for maintaining healthy environment in aquariums. Aquarium, filter type, size, and media are discussed.



How to Combat the Aquarium Pest Hydra

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Hydra is a soft-bodied freshwater polyp that sometimes is sometimes accidentally introduced to freshwater aquariums. Here's how to get rid of them.



Is Gravel Necessary in an Aquarium?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Is having gravel, or any other kind of substrate, necessary in an aquarium? Generally the answer is yes, but there are occasions when no substrate at all is best. This FAQ explains why you need, or don't need, substrate.



How Many Bettas Can Be Kept Together in the...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Bettas weren't named Siamese Fighting Fish because they along with each other. Is it ever possible to keep more than one in the same tank?



Everything You Need to Know About the Mickey...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Looking for a fun livebearing fish? The Mickey Mouse Platy, Xiphophorus maculatus, makes a great addition to a community aquarium. Here's more about habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.



Why Flushing Your Fish is Not an Option

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Neither flushing nor dumping unwanted fish is appropriate, so donate them to another home or a school or office instead if they're healthy.



Is Bleach Safe for Use in Your Aquarium?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Broach the subject of using bleach to clean an aquarium, and a heated discussion about safety is sure to follow. So is it safe or not? Read on for the answer.



A definition of the term shoaling fish

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A definition of the term shoaling fish



Omnivore, Hebivore, Carnivore, What's the...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Do you need to know if your fish is an omnivore, herbivore, or carnivore? Believe it or not, it's wise to know what dietary category your fish fall into. Otherwise you may not be feeding them the foods they need to stay healthy.



Gourami Species for Aquariums

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Gouramis are a relatively hardy and easy to care for family of fish, that are often kept in community aquariums. Learn more about the Gourami family in this overview that compares attributes of popular Gourami species.



A to Z Index of Common Names of Freshwater Fish

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Here is a handy list of over a thousand common fish names cross referenced to their scientific names.



Everything You Need to Know About the Zebra...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

A detailed profile of the Zebra Danio- Danio rerio, including habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.



Loach Species

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Loaches are fun and generally easy to care for fish that do well in most community aquariums. Learn more about the popular Loach species in this overview of Barbs.



How will Water Conditions, Temp and Tank Size...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Bettas are usually displayed in small unheated bowls at the pet shop, this is not the proper environment for them. Top tips on how to keep a Betta.



Rosy Barb - Freshwater Aquarium Fish

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

One of the most popular Barb species is the colorful Rosy Barb. Learn more about then, including preferred tank mates, habitat, feeding and breeding.



How to Care For and Breed Gourami

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Fish from the Gourami family are among some of the most hardy and popular aquarium fish. Although relatively easy to care for, it's wise to learn about their basic needs if you are planning to keep one in your aquarium.



Green Aquarium Water, How to Fix the Problem

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Green water is healthy for your fish however, green water is unsightly and not desirable in a show tank, so we will show you how to eliminate it.



Replacing Aquarium Filter Media: What's the...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Aquarium owners often are perplexed when it comes to filling their canister filter. This article helps makes sense of the recommended filter media order.



How Long Do Bettas Usually Live?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Bettas are so beautiful, but sadly they don't seem to live very long. Is it because of those little jars they are kept in? Just how long is a Betta supposed to live?



How to Use Hard Water in Your Aquarium

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Hard water doesn't mean you can't keep fish, nor does it mean you have to buy expensive treatments and engage in an ongoing battle to make your water softer. Here are some aquarium fish that will thrive, even in hard water.



Causes and Cures for Green Aquarium Water

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Algae is one of the most frustrating problems to deal with. Here is how to identify and cope with green water



The Pros and Cons of Mini-Aquariums

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Mini aquariums are hugely popular. Are they the perfect addition to your college dorm, or classroom? Do your homework before buying one, and you'll have a greater chance for success.



All About the White Cloud Mountain Minnow

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

The White Cloud Mountain Minnow, Tanichthys alboneubes, is a popular, easy to care for, freshwater aquarium fish. This article details care, habitat, feeding, and breeding of this attractive fish.



Is it Safe to Keep a Betta in a Vase

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Bettas are often kept in small bowls, or worse yet, flower vases. Learn why a Betta should not be kept in a flower vase.



Blue Gourami - Trichogaster trichopterus

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A profile of the aquarium fish known as the Blue Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus), including habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.



How to Care for a Blood Parrot Fish, an Unusual...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

The habitat for the Blood Parrot must be roomy and provide hiding places, they will eat a variety of foods; flake, live, frozen, and freeze dried foods.



How Neon Tetra Disease Can Harm many of Your...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Neon Tetra disease is more common than many aquarium enthusiasts realize, and affects species beyond neon tetras. Find the most complete data on avalable



How Important Is Your Aquarium's pH Level?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

What is pH and what is normal in an aquarium? Should you be concerned about pH? Knowing the basics will help avoid disasters that can prove fatal for your fish.



Upside Down Catfish

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

A profile of the Upside Down Catfish - Synodontis nigriventris, including habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.



Choosing the First Fish for Your Freshwater...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Nothing is more exciting than adding fish to a newly set up aquarium. However, the choices you make now will have big impact on your success or failure.



How to use Aquarium Cleaning Supplies to make...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Need to clean your aquarium? With the proper equipment, it's a breeze. This list includes the items you'll need to make your tank sparkle.



Identifying and Treating Causes of Stinky...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Ewwww, what is that smell? If it’s your aquarium, you’d better do something, and quick. Learn what can cause a sticky tank, and what you can do about it.wa



Livebearing Aquarium Fish

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Livebearers are some of the most popular fish in the aquarium trade, prized for their hardiness, adaptivity to many habitats, and attractive coloration.



Aquarium Heater Types

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Fish must rely on the temperature of the water to maintain their body temperature. That means that many aquariums require a heater, especially in northern climates. Here are the pros and cons of the different heater types.



Using Outdoor Gravel or Rocks in an Aquarium

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

The question is an old one, and is still debated. Can outdoor rocks gravel, or sand be used in an aquarium? Here's my take on the question.



Are Your Fish Really Cannibals? What to Do

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Why do aquarium fish turn on each another? Are they truly cannibalistic? Do fish eat other fish? Find out what else might cause disappearing fish.



Routine Aquarium Maintenance

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Experts may disagree on the finer points of aquarium maintenance, but any regular routine is better than no maintenance at all. This is my recommended aquarium maintenance plan.



How Much Should I Feed My Fish?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

How much and how often a fish should be fed is one of the first questions a new owner has. Here are the answers to those age old questions.



Dwarf Gourami - Trichogaster lalius

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

A profile of the Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia), including habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.



Barb Species

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Barbs are a lively family of schooling fish. Learn more about the popular Barb species in this overview of Barbs.



Does Limestone Affect the pH of Aquarium Water?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Rocks such as limestone can and will affect the water chemistry of your aquarium. Here's what to look for when considering rocks for your aquarium.



Pearl Danio - Danio albolineatus - Care and...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

How to care for the Pearl Danio, Danio albolineatus, including habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.



Why Do My Fish Hide All the Time?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Fish that hide all the time are a baffling and frustrating problem for the owner. Here are reasons why they hide how to coax your fish out into the open where you can enjoy him.



Can Changing Your Aquarium's Water Kill Your...

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

If you haven't changed your water for months, or possibly years, it is not wise to make a sudden massive change. However, change 10% of the water regularly.



Aquarium Water Temperature

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Aquarium location can have a significant effect on the frequency and timing of water temperature changes that can occur when located near a windows or doors



How an Aquarium Cycles

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Call it the nitrogen cycle, break-in cycle, start-up cycle, or new aquarium cycle, it’s all the same thing. Knowing how it works will help you keep a healthy environment for your fish.



Can Salt Cure Sick Fish in Freshwater Aquariums?

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Next time you have sick fish, the remedy might not be farther away than your kitchen table. Ordinary salt is a useful remedy for the prevention and treatment of several freshwater fish diseases. However, it can also be harmful if used improperly. Here are simple instructions for when and how to use salt in your freshwater aquarium.



Buying an Aquarium? Here's What to Know

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Aquariums are one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Who can resist the lure of a beautiful tank full of colorful fish? Before jumping in with both feet, here are a few things you should consider.



Julii Cory - Corydoras julii

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

The Julii Cory is one of the more popular members of the Corydoras family. They are also often confused with another similar species, the Three Line Cory. Learn how to differentiate the Julii Cory and what they require for care, including: aquarium setup, tank mates, care, feeding, sexual differences and breeding.



Aquarium Substrate

2016-09-30T11:24:55Z

Virtually all aquariums have some type of substrate. Although most are gravel, there are other types of substrate available. Learn more about aquarium substrate and how it is used.