Everything You Need to Know about Canister Filters, Part 1

Canister filters are often the best choice for filtration for the medium and large size aquariums.  These systems offer mechanical filtration, chemical filtration and biological filtration all in a single system. Since the canister is set on the floor or in the cabinet stand, it is out of sight and essentially silent in operation. Most canister filters are designed with enough media volume to allow the canister to operate for 2 to 3 months between cleanings. Nearly all styles offer multiple sizes for aquariums from 30 to 250 gallons.

Freshwater Shrimp

The development of the nano, micro and even pico aquarium systems have spurred an interest in smaller critters that can be housed in the smaller aquarium systems. One of the latest trends is keeping  the freshwater shrimp along with live plants.  There are several species of freshwater shrimp that can be found in the aquarium hobby, though many are not readily available to hobbyists.

The Pond Scourge Called Algae

Despite the fact that it is a natural process, the growth of algae in the ornamental pond is something most pond keepers consider unacceptable. The majority of the algae fall into one of two types, free floating planktonic algae and filamentous algae. The only things either of these require to grow is sunlight, water and nutrition in the form of the fish wastes, nitrate, and phosphate. We can try to control the algae by providing competition in the form of ornamental plants for the available food source.

Barley Straw as Algae Control in the Pond

With the rise in popularity of ponds and water gardens came the demand for simple methods of pond algae control to prevent scum algae and stringy algae from taking over the pond. There are several chemical methods of control, but one of the more popular methods of control involves using Barley straw as a natural preventative. Long used in Europe, the Barley bales have become much more prevalent in the pond keeping hobby.

Eight Reasons to be Happy to Belong to the Aquarium Hobby

It is a never-ending learning experience: You cannot help but learn all sorts of interesting bits of knowledge about where fish came from, how they breed, what they like to eat, what is required to grow corals/plants, and of course, a primer in water chemistry. Depending on your interest, you can delve as deep as you want and still never master everything there is to know. (Usually, the more you learn the more you realize there is still so much more to learn!)

Glofish: History & Care

During your last visit to the local aquarium shop, you probably found yourself spending some time watching an aquarium full of Glofish, especially if they were also illuminated with a black light. These glowing marvels cannot help but catch your eye.