Red-Tailed Catfish: Largest of all Aquarium Catfish and No Enemies in the Wild

A red-tailed Nile catfish has no real enemies, besides human beings. The largest of all aquarium catfish, the red-tailed Nile dominates aquariums with his size and rarely falls prey to other aquarium inhabitants. In the wild, these catfish aren’t so lucky. They are hunted for sport, but rarely for food. No Natural Predators Red-tailed catfish don’t have any natural predators, which is why they flourish in the wild. They make their homes in river beds, such as the ones offered by the River Nile. They’re bottom feeders, camouflaging themselves in the river’s muddy bottom. Their large size is another deterrent […]

DIY: How to Build an Aquarium Tank Lid

Aquarium tanks vary by size. In order to build your aquarium tank lid to scale, you may need to adjust material lengths. Measure your aquarium before cutting materials, to ensure the aquarium lid fits securely. The lid build is based on a standard 20 gallon medium-sized freshwater aquarium that measures 24 inches-by-12 inches-by-16 inches. Materials Needed Four ¾ inch-by-4 inch plywood boards, Four ¾ inch-by-3/4 inch square rods, 5/8 inch plywood, Three 1” molding pieces, White paint, Three hinges, Hammer, A handful of 16d box nails Build the Support Box The rectangular support box securely slips over your aquarium’s lid. […]

Replacing the Substrate in a Saltwater Tank

It is possible to replace substrate in a saltwater tank, but it’s not recommended if the current substrate isn’t causing a threat to aquatic life. Disrupting the substrate may cause bacteria, ammonia, or particles to disrupt the delicate balance of the tank. Still, if the substrate is no longer a benefit to the tank, it must be swapped for something new. Selecting a New Substrate Sand substrate is known to cause nutrient levels to rise over time, making it necessary to replace sand every 2-5 years. Sand substrates collect detritus, which is why most saltwater tank enthusiasts regularly vacuum their […]

Aquarium Lighting for Mollies

In the wild, most mollies live in warm streams. When raising mollies in captivity, it’s important to attempt to recreate this environment. Lighting should keep water warm, between 77 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. It should also only be used during specific times, providing a night and day effect. In general, the best lighting for mollies is dependent on the type of aquarium you have, as well as whether or not your aquarium contains live plants. Types of Aquarium Lighting In general, mollies will do just fine living under the glow of basic fluorescent lighting. If your tank contains live plants, […]

Amazing Fish: Chinese Algae Eaters

Chinese algae eaters, also known as sucking loaches, are semi-aggressive freshwater fish native to Southeast Asia. Typically, Chinese algae eaters are kept in freshwater aquariums to control the spread of algae. At minimum, Chinese algae eaters require 30 gallons of fresh water. It’s also recommended to include plants, water and rocks in the tank because these fish love to hide in tank décor. Chinese Algae Eaters Love to Rock Rock piles make a great hiding spot for the Chinese algae eater. They will burrow under stones or hide behind rock piles. They generally spend their time along the bottom of […]

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How to Choose a Filter for Your Saltwater Fish Tank

The best filter for your tank is going to depend on a number of variables, including: tank size, tank contents and whether or not the saltwater tank includes a reef. There are three different types of saltwater filters. In general, mechanical filters are the most common filter type because they’re less complicated and less expensive than biological and chemical filters. Overall, the best of each filter type for your aquarium is going to depend on your personal needs. Filtration for the Small Saltwater Aquarium In general, a small saltwater aquarium is any tank that is 40 gallons or less. Oftentimes, […]

Optimal Calcium Level for Salt and Freshwater Aquariums

Calcium is filtered through a fish’s body in the water they drink, thus contributing to their health and survival. Calcium also promotes positive mineral ions, as well as feeds the coral in saltwater tanks. Ensuring your aquarium has the right calcium levels creates an aquatic environment that is suitable for plants, coral, and fish. Picture caption: Optimal calcium levels play a necessary role in your aquarium’s water chemistry. Calcium Levels in Saltwater Aquariums A successful aquarium is one which recreates a natural habitat, in order to promote optimal growth. Therefore, saltwater aquariums require calcium levels that match that of the […]

Understanding Aquarium Overflow Boxes

An aquarium overflow box works as an insurance policy, protecting your most vital and expensive aquarium equipment from damages that could occur during a power outage. In the event of a power outage, an aquarium overflow box will ensure that water doesn’t short circuit your filter or air pump. In the event an aquarium overflow box fails, you’re high risk for both flooding and fire. It’s important to regularly troubleshoot your overflow box, to ensure it’s working correctly. The Parts of an Overflow Box Familiarizing yourself with the parts of an overflow box will help ensure you can pinpoint an […]

The Types of Fish that Glow Under Ultraviolet Lights

Black lights should not be used to heat a fish tank or provide light to fish. Fish need aquarium lighting that’s designed to provide the natural lighting they would receive in the wild. Because black lights are ultraviolet, it’s only safe to use them in small doses. A black light in the 315 – 380 nm range is the least harmful. Use the black light in small doses, such as an hour or so a day, to light up clownfish, neon tetras and other fishes with fluorescent, white or silver coloring. Clownfish Clownfish come in a variety of colors, including: […]

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Balancing pH Levels in Freshwater and Saltwater Aquariums

Using a scale of 0 – 14, pH strips test the chemical levels in water. In general, a score of 7 is considered neutral and most fish thrive in a pH of 6.4 – 7.8. Finding the right balance of chemicals is essential because low pH is highly acidic and can burn fish, while higher pH balances feature high doses of alkaline which chaps the skin. The best way to ensure a long life for your fish is to consistently maintain pH balances, not allowing them to significantly change at any point. pH Levels in Freshwater Aquariums In general, freshwater […]