CO2 Basics for the Freshwater Planted Aquarium

So you have decided to set up your new aquarium or convert your existing aquarium into a heavily planted freshwater aquarium and try out your aquatic green thumb. You have done your research, decided what plants you’re going to plant, selected your lighting and planted aquarium substrate, and you’re ready to go. There may be just one lingering question…

Aquatic Report Card: Aquastep Pro Ultraviolet Sterilizers

Recently, Lifeguard changed the design of the Aquastep Pro UV system to make it a modular design so all of the parts could be replaced as they degrade from the constant exposure to the UV radiation. The new design allows the consumer to replace the top or bottom housing plus the main housing body. The Pro system comes as either a 15W or 25W UV sterilizer. The UV bulb will need replacement after approximately 12 months of operation.

Retail Tails: Worse Case Scenario Aquarium Survival

Aquarium emergencies historically seem to happen at the worst possible times, late at night or when you are getting ready to leave the house. If we want our fish to survive the crisis, we need to be ready at a moments notice to correct the problem or come up with at least a temporary fix. The biggest crisis would involve the aquarium springing a leak or actually breaking.

Retail Tails: Emergency Aquarium Supplies

New aquarium hobbyists are sometimes overwhelmed by the choices of aquarium supplies and concentrate on the minimum to set up their new aquarium. Most retail outlets will offer kits that include the basics; tank, top, light, filter, heater, thermometer, water conditioner and maybe a choice of substrate.

Retail Tails: Underwater Decor for Your Aquarium

One of the challenges of being a pet supplies retailer is helping your customer achieve their desire without allowing your own personal preferences to influence the process. There are as many ways to set up an aquarium as there are people trying. Some hobbyists like to try to set up a biotope style all natural tank for the fish they keep.

Aquarium Adventures: Large Scale Aquariums Disguised as a Pond

In my last two blog entries I discussed building large-scale aquariums with plywood and the monster sized aquarium my friend made from cinder blocks. I now had a new home, still with no basement, so I was a bit stymied in my quest for a really large aquarium. Then it hit me, you did not have to fill a pond with Goldfish and Koi, you could place tropical freshwater fish in the “pond”!

FAQ’s: Covering the Basics of Aquarium Issues

Q. Why are my fish hanging around the top of the water in my aquarium?
A: This is usually a sign of low oxygen content in the water. You need to increase the surface agitation with better filters and/or more air stones in the water. If your aquarium filter has slowed down, it is time to clean it to increase the flow rate.