A Paradise in Blue (Acara)

If you are looking for a smaller, colorful fish to grow and spawn, I have the perfect fish for you: the Blue Acara. This is a Central-South American cichlid that for a long time was known as the Aequidens pulcher but was recently moved to a different classification, Andinoacara pulcher.

Do I Really Need a Quarantine Tank?

The short answer to, “Do I really need a quarantine tank?” is a resounding YES, especially if you have a large aquarium full of fish. While it may seem like a hassle to have a quarantine aquarium, it is much less a hassle than losing all your fish due to introducing something deadly to your current aquarium occupants.

Let There Be (Ever Changing) Light

Recently, I was having a discussion with other hobbyists about aquarium lighting, and one of them made the comment that he was rather confused by all the changes in types of lighting and the higher costs involved in high output systems. Another immediately pointed out that, while there are significantly more choices, the pricing has actually gone down.

Be Humble, Be Very Humble! Musings from 40 Years in the Aquarium Hobby

One of the better parts of my job is the time I get to talk with aquarium hobbyists with various interests and experience in the hobby. They can range from excited first timers, techno-upgraders looking for the latest and greatest, to more experienced, shall we say “mature,” aquarium hobbyists. I realized the other day that this month is the 40th anniversary of my participation in the aquarium hobby.

Pond Fever

Most of the US has suffered through a brutal and long winter (it is snowing outside my window today!), and, as soon as we got a few nice sunny days in the mid 50-60’s, everyone started to get spring fever. For those of us with ponds, we get the more specialized pond fever. You really have to be careful with pond fever, because if you start treating the symptoms too soon, the pond will only suffer. You have to wait until the fever has broken and the temperatures are staying in the 60’s to 70’s.