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A few weeks ago, I noticed that the airstone in my 20-gallon tank was starting to fizzle.
The idea for this month’s column came to me last summer at a small-town fair, as I watched my 7-year-old nephew make a beeline for the “Win a Goldfish!” booth.
Key considerations to keep in mind for successful reefkeeping.
“I understand saltwater aquariums are a lot of hard work.
Aesthetics aside, there are good reasons not to let algae run rampant in a tank or pond.
When I left off at the end of last month’s column, I’d just purchased my dream tank: a 125 gallon that, theoretically at least, was large enough to house the assorted occupants of my various smaller tropical freshwater tanks.
No other aquarium fish have captured the hearts and minds of hobbyists and scientists alike more than our beloved livebearers.
Glass is less expensive, and it is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, but it can’t be contoured to some of the shapes that can be done with acrylic tanks.
With the seemingly infinite number of combinations of fish, plants, and invertebrates that can be put together in an aquarium, it might be difficult to determine which ones will work best.
While some aquarists maintain aquaria with minimal or no decoration, these are often breeding tanks or tanks for growing out fry.
Filtration technologies use a variety of designs, many of which combine more than one type of filtration—mechanical, chemical, and biological.
In a perfect world, stocking an aquarium with fish would be as easy as picking out the prettiest or most interesting specimens, taking them home, and plopping them in a tank full of water.
In the wild, fish often have very specific diets.
Algae scrapers, not surprisingly, are used to raze algae off tank walls.
Modern salt mixes are the product of years of research, and they provide the same results as natural seawater—or better.
Most experts today recommend 80°F as the optimum temperature for corals, although older sources unadvisedly recommended lower temperatures.
Pumps, including powerheads, serve two major functions: creating currents and aerating, and moving water through various peripherals like sumps, filters, skimmers, etc.
RO stands for reverse osmosis, and it refers to a technology that uses water pressure to push water through a membrane, leaving behind dissolved substances.