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.

Setting Up Your First Aquarium

Gold fish in first aquarium

Tips for the beginner setting up an aquarium for the first time. Here are our recommendations for tank size, filter, and other essential equipment.

Choose Compatible Fish for a New Aquarium

Fish in blue water

Avoid aquarium disaster by carefully selecting compatible fish. It’s in the description “community” tank. Your goal is to combine species that live peacefully in one community.

Aquarium Cycling Without Fish

Clown Fish in anemone

Consider cycling your aquarium without live fish. Using pure ammonia to cycle the aquarium avoids fish being exposed to harmful nutrients during the process.

The Small Aquarium

Guppy fish

Small aquariums can present a greater challenge. A small aquarium can be very rewarding, but beware that the limited volume is less forgiving if overstocked or overfed..

How Much Should I Feed My Aquarium Fish?

Feeding fish

The primary cause of many aquarium problems is accumulating waste in the water. Fish food is the main source of this waste, often resulting in high nutrients and green water.

Aquarium Water Parameters

Testing aquarium water

A successful aquarium requires water parameters to be routinely checked and adjustments be made when needed.