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These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:18:19 +0000

 



How to Diagnose and Treat Dropsy in Aquarium Fish

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



How to Fight Algae Overgrowth in Your Aquarium

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



Get the Specs on Your Fish Aquarium

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A chart with standard aquarium sizes and filled weights. Read more about the small, medium and large aquariums you can choose from.



A Guide to Everything About Aquarium Heaters

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Water temperature is an important factor in aquarium fish comfort and well-being. This guide has everything you need to know about aquarium heaters.



Which Size Heater Do You Need for Your Aquarium?

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Calculate the right size heater you will need for your aquarium with this easy and handy heater size guide.



What Causes Brown Algae in Your Fish Tank?

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Aquarium algae is one of the most frustrating problems that aquarium owners face. Here is how to identify and remedy brown algae.



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

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



Why Your Fish Tank Has Cloudy Water & What...

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Virtually every fish enthusiast experiences cloudy aquarium water at one time or another. What causes cloudy water, and how do you clear it up?



How Long Aquarium Fish Live Depends on Species...

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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



How Do You 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. Read about what causes fish to have pop-eye.



Do I Need a Special Stand for My Aquarium?

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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.



How to Treat a Swim Bladder Disorder in...

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



A Helpful List of Aquarium Fish Species by...

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



Cleaning a Dirty Tank the Right Way To Make...

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Here's how to clean a dirty aquarium the right way, the tools you'll need and the practices to avoid.



Why Stocking Your Aquarium Evenly with the...

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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.



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.



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.



The Causes and Cures of Cyanobacteria or...

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Cyanobacteria is a common aquarium issue and difficult to manage. Here's how to cope with Cyanobacteria, also called Blue-Green or Slime Algae.



Treating Ammonia Poisoning in Aquariums New and...

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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.



Proper Nutrition for Your Aquarium Fish

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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.



What Aquarium Owners Need to Know about the...

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Fin Rot is a bacterial disease that occurs in aquarium fish and is caused by environmental factors. Learn how to diagnose, treat, and prevent fin rot.



Siamese Fighting Fish - Bettas

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



What Temperature is Correct for Community...

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Aquarium location can have a significant effect on the frequency and timing of water temperature changes effects can be reduced by aquarium heater



Discolored Aquarium Water

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



Starting a Fresh Water Aquarium? Avoid These...

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A list of top mistakes made by new aquarium owners and strategies to avoid the pitfalls, including overfeeding, water filtration and more.



Coldwater Fish Species for Your Freshwater...

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Optimal water temperature is vital for a community fish tank. Here are some coldwater fish species options for your coldwater aquarium.



What Is Nitrite Poisoning in Aquarium Fish?

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How to diagnose and treat nitrite poisoning in your aquarium fish. Learn about its symptoms, treatment and how to prevent aquarium nitrite poisoning.



Choosing the Right Size Aquarium Equipment for...

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How much and what size is needed when setting up an aquarium? Here is more on tank size, heaters, filters, volume of substrate and a conversion chart.



Cleaning Aquarium Plants - Artificial and Live

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



Nitrate Poisoning in Aquarium Fish

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Nitrate poisoning is dangerous to aquarium fish and can kill them quickly. Learn here about how to diagnose and treat nitrate poisoning.



8 Popular Fish Species for Your Fresh Water...

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



Missing Aquarium Fish

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Every aquarium owner has looked at their tank and couldn't locate all the fish. What causes fish to disappear, and sometimes, never be found again?



Low Oxygen in Aquarium Water

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Low oxygen conditions in a freshwater aquarium can be a real problem for the fish. Here's how to recognize and correct low oxygen in your aquarium.



What Is Old Tank Syndrome in a Freshwater...

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Is old tank syndrome when the tank wears out, or equipment becomes out of date? This term refers to more than just the age of the tank.



Causes and Cures for Slime Algae

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



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.



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

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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.



Tips to Help Rid Your Aquarium of Snails

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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.



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

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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.



Treating Aquarium Water

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



Is Aquarium Water Testing Really Necessary,...

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



How to Manage Nitrates in Your Aquarium

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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.



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.



How Do I Heat a Betta Tank?

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Bettas require warm water to be happy and healthy, but Bettas are often kept in small bowls or tanks. Using a mini heater is the perfect solution.



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



How to Combat the Aquarium Pest Hydra

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



Columnaris Disease in Aquarium Fish

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Columnaris is often misdiagnosed due to sometimes having a fungal appearance. Here is how to diagnose and treat Columnaris in your aquarium fish.



Everything You Need to Know About the Mickey...

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Looking for a fun livebearing fish? Mickey Mouse Platys are a great addition to a community aquarium. More on habitat, care, feeding and breeding.



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

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



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 To Use a Timer For Your Aquarium Lights

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See how long aquarium lights should be left on for your fish and aquatic plants without excessive algae growth, and how to automate it with a timer.



How to Determine the Sex of Your Fish

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Determining the sex of fish isn't always an easy task. Use these tips for sexing various species of aquarium fish when starting a breeding project.



When to Use Sponge Filters for Aquariums

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Sponge filters are overlooked by my aquarium owners, even though they are ideal for certain situations. Learn the pros and cons and their best uses.



Identifying and Treating Causes of Stinky...

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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



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.



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

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Do you know if your fish is an omnivore, herbivore or carnivore? Know what category your fish fall into and feed the foods they need to stay healthy.



What's That Strange Foam on Your Aquarium Water?

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Foam floating on your aquarium water is disturbing. This article helps you learn where the aquarium foam came from and how to get rid of it if needed.



Buying an Aquarium? Here's What to Know

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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.



Is Bleach Safe for Use in Your Aquarium?

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Broach the subject of using bleach to clean an aquarium and a heated safety discussion is sure to follow. Is it safe or not? Read the answer here.



Barb Species: A Lively, Peaceful Fish

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



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

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



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

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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 to use Aquarium Cleaning Supplies to make...

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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.



Is Gravel Necessary in an Aquarium?

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Is having gravel or any other kind of substrate necessary in an aquarium? This FAQ explains why you need or don't need substrate in your aquarium.



How to Care for the Special Needs of the Blood...

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Learn about the habitat for the Blood Parrot and proper feeding including flake, live, frozen, and freeze dried foods, and special needs and issues.



The Fish That Swims Belly Up: The Upside Down...

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A profile of the Upside Down Catfish including habitat, care, feeding and breeding. These fish swim upside down at the surface of the water.



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

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



Are Your Fish Really Cannibals? What to Do

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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.



Blue Gourami Feeding, Breeding and Care

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



Aquarium Water Basics

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Zebra Danio are Among tie Oldest and Easiest...

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A detailed profile of the Zebra Danio including habitat, care, feeding and breeding. The Zebra is a unique fish that mates for life.



How Long Do Bettas Usually Live and How Do You...

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Betta fish are beautiful, but they don't seem to live very long. Learn the expected lifespan for a Siamese Fighting Fish and how to keep them healthy.



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.



Causes and Cures for Green Aquarium Water

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



Routine Aquarium Maintenance

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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.



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.



How an Aquarium Cycles

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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.



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

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Neon Tetra disease is more common than many aquarium enthusiasts realize, and affects species beyond neon tetras, and is actually a type of fin fungus



The Clown Loach: An Active and Amusing...

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A profile description of the Clown Loach, Chromobotia macracanthus, including the habitat, care, feeding, and breeding of this fish.



Keeping Fish Healthy: Changing the Water in...

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Water changes are the cornerstone of a healthy aquarium. Here's why you should perform them, plus tips for making the task easier.



Rosy Barb is a Freshwater Aquarium Fish That...

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



Why Do You Need Aquarium Substrate?

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Virtually all aquariums have some type of substrate, usually gravel. Learn more about the purpose of having it in an aquarium, quanitity, and colors.



How to Use Hard Water in Your Aquarium

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Hard water doesn't mean you can't keep fish, or have to buy expensive water softener treatments. See aquarium fish that will thrive in hard water.



Funny Fish Lips: Superior, Inferior and...

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Fish mouth types vary greatly, and they reveal a lot about the diet and location where a fish feeds.



How Important Is Your Aquarium's pH Level?

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



Choosing the First Fish for Your Freshwater...

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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.



Black Neon Tetra

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Here is a profile of the aquarium fish commonly known as the Black Neon Tetra. Learn about diet, habitat, breeding and more.



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

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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.



Does Limestone Affect the pH of Aquarium Water?

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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.



Using Zeolite to Keep Your Aquarium Clean

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What is zeolite, and when should you use it in an aquarium? While it is effective in removing ammonia, here is why it isn't appropriate for long use.



Mechanical Filtration

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Mechanical filtration is the most basic of the three types of filtration, but just as important as the others to the overall process of keeping aquarium water clean and healthy for your fish.



How to Care for and Breed Gourami

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Fish of the Gourami family are some of the most hardy and popular aquarium fish. They are relatively easy to care for. Learn about their basic needs.



Methylene Blue as an Anti-Fungal &...

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Methylene Blue is used in aquariums as a disinfectant, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. It is also used to treat ammonia and nitrite poisoning.



How Much Should I Feed My Fish?

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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.



How to Upgrade Your Aquarium and Move Your Fish...

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Here are the steps to successfully transfer from an established smaller tank to a larger one. Step by step instructions can ensure everything goes right.



Julii Cory - Corydoras julii

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Learn how to differentiate the Julii Cory and what they require for care: aquarium setup, tank mates, care, feeding, sexual differences and breeding.



Acriflavine for Aquarium Fish

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Acriflavine is a medication often used for treating fungal infections and external parasites in aquarum fish.



Malachite Green

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Malachite Green is used in aquariums as a antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic.. It is also used to treat eggs in breeding tanks.



Goldfish Bowls

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Goldfish bowls are common in department stores as well as most pet shops. Ask anyone who had a goldfish as a kid and odds are they kept it in a goldfish bowl. Learn why Goldfish bowls aren't what they aren't cracked up to be.



The Eye Catching Colors and Patterns of the Platy

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Platys come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. This list explains the more common color, pattern, and fin variations, complete with images.