Starting with a Discus Tank for the First Time

Discus are one of the most beautiful fish in the freshwater aquarium hobby today, but they are also the one fish that aquarium keepers are hesitant to begin keeping at home. There are countless debates among Discus enthusiasts as to how to keep and care for Discus, but usually it comes down to what works best for each person.

There are several basic guidelines to follow in setting up a tank intended for Discus, and these basic guidelines are fairly universal, regardless of what opinions are on RO vs. Tap water, how much light, live or artificial plants, and what kind of food is best to feed.

It Is All in a Name: Interpretting Fish Names

In my last blog, I discussed the frustration new hobbyists can feel when they cannot get a definitive answer to what seems to be a simple question. There are usually many ways to accomplish the desired goal and help maintain the aquarium. This can make things a bit confusing to the novice. Then, we complicate the whole issue even more with the “common” names given to the fish for sale.

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.

Getting to the Foot of the Issue: Anemones

However, there is something important about these interesting creatures that we must take in to consideration when keeping Anemones in captivity. The base of the Anemone is generally referred to as its foot. This is where the Anemone attaches itself into rock crevices in the wild, in an aquarium with live rock, or on the glass of an aquarium from time to time. Anemones will move from location to location until they find a place where they have the proper amount of light, as well as getting a good amount of food.

Figuring Out What Freshwater Fish to Put in a Community Aquarium

If you are thinking about putting together a freshwater aquarium of community fish, you have some great fish to choose from. A community aquarium is one that contains more than one species of fish. Many times, the variety of fish do not occur together in nature, but you can find fish of compatible temperament and water requirements that can co-exist well. This helps to develop an aquarium full of color and interest.

What’s In a Name? Discussing Aquarium Fish Names

Right or wrong, certain names immediately bring certain expectations, whether the name refers to a fish, dog, cat, animal or human! There is something in the collective consciousness that associates a “look” or behavior with a name. Some fish rightly deserve their name, while others must suffer under the expectations that they cannot live up to. Below is a list of some of the most well known common name fish.