Aquarium Plant Health Guide

neon tetra fish in aquarium

Inspecting live aquarium plants can help us understand the state of their health. We can also determine what they require more of or what is in excess, affecting their overall health.

Caring for Seahorses in the Aquarium

White Seahorses in fish tank

Commercial breeding has made it possible for fish keepers to enjoy the seahorse in the aquarium. Most common tank-bred species are the smooth, lined, or dwarf seahorse.

Nitrites and the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle

Fish in a planted aquarium

Nitrites are a natural part of the aquarium nitrogen cycle. Nitrite is highly toxic for fish and levels must be kept undetectable at all times. Nitrite can quickly become lethal for fish.

Cycling the Aquarium Without Fish

Yellow Cichlid Fish in Aquarium

Traditionally a fish tank is setup with live fish from the onset. It exposes fish to high levels of toxicity. To avoid this, consider cycling the aquarium without fish.

Choosing the Right Aquarium Substrate

Flowerhorn Cichlid

Substrate will have an impact on the look of your aquarium. The preferred look is a personal choice, but beware of other effects the substrate has on the aquarium.

Aquarium Fish Food and Diet Requirements

Flake food for aquarium fish

Providing the correct diet is essential for fish growth and health. Dietary deficiencies can shorten the lifespan of fish, cause diseases, and contribute to a deteriorating water quality.

Effects of Ammonia on Aquarium Fish

Pleco Catfish Hypostomus Plecostomus aquarium fish

Ammonia is a toxic by-product of the aquarium nitrogen cycle. It’s the first nutrient produced by nitrifying bacteria. Ammonia should never be detectable in an established aquarium.

Kalkwasser in the Marine Aquarium

niger triggerfish odonus

Even the most inexperienced hobbyist can easily make Kalkwasser. Kalkwasser is extremely beneficial for corals, coralline algae, and many reef inhabitants.