Testing water parameters with the API Test Kit

Harmful chemicals in the aquarium build up very quickly, here I’ll talk about how to test your aquarium water parameters the most effective way. By water parameters I mean how high certain chemicals are in the water. We want to test how high certain harmful chemicals are in the tank. To test these, most people use the […]

rocks in the planted aquarium

Believe it or not, there is some preparation involved before adding any rock to an aquarium. Most rocks will be absolutely fine, however it’s best to avoid any problems. Rocks on display at an aquarium shop will always pretty much be safe. Some rocks however are for Marine tanks only. They can drastically alter the water […]

Aquael Pat Mini sponge filter review for shrimps

My original filter My shrimp tank started off with a standard air driven, sponge shrimp filter. One of those that use an airline and a noisy pump. A pretty simple, great filter for shrimp, that is very common. While this wasn’t extremely powerful, it was very, very noisy. This air powered pump was very loud, […]

fish food kept in air tight sealed jars fresh

I’ve read a few articles on how long fish food, generally lasts for. Although technically you can keep fish food for years, once the food has been opened it seems the nutrients etc will begin to deplete after about 6 months, this is when you should chuck it away. In my opinion fish food doesn’t cost a lot, and […]

Rimless tank aquarium with Panda Cory's and Red Cherry Shrimp

When cleaning out my main tank (64 Litres) I took the lid off so I could get into it, and noticed how nice it would be if it was a rimless aquarium. See previous post for more detail A few days later I pulled out the big piece of driftwood that was shaped like a tree, […]

Rimless heavily planted aquarium, with an LED lighting fixture

When recently taking the big plastic lid off my aquarium I realised how nice, and modern the tank looked without it, as a rimless aquarium. It is a kind of old-fashioned tank design, having those big plastic hoods with the built in lights that come with an aquarium. However, removing the lid meant no light […]

Most people think that air stones are physically pumping air into an aquarium, while they do increase oxygen, it is not because of this. The keyword here is surface agitation. The air stone is simply pushing water to the surface where it receives oxygen. As it bubbles away its continuously pushing new water to the surface. […]