Aquarium rocks help make a natural aquascape

Once someone settles into the aquarium hobby and has a grasp of the basics, they often become compelled to start aquascaping.  Aquascaping is basically “landscaping the interior of your fish tank to give it a more interesting appearance.  Most aquascapers start with gravel, add various plants, driftwood, and aquarium rocks paying special attention to the interaction of the individual elements.  This article will focus on using aquarium rocks to help the fish tank mimic a natural river bed. Read the rest of this entry »

Betta Fish Care – How to care for your Siamese fighting fish

For very good reasons, bettas are the most popular fish around. They are personalities, are great first fish for kids, and come in a variety of colors and tail types. When you know what you’re doing, betta fish care can be quick and easy. Here you can learn how to care for your Siamese fighting fish.

Betta Fish Care Tip 1 – Give him space

For some reason, there is a myth that bettas prefer living in small cups or jars. This if far from the truth. Like any fish, a betta will be happy with however much room you can give him. Siamese fighting fish do very well in 5 or even 10 gallon aquariums, and they can even have some tankmates like oto cats and snails!

Betta Fish Care Tip 2 – Heat his tank

Bettas are tropical freshwater fish. They are happiest in water around 80F. If your room is not heated this high, then a small heater will help improve the health of your betta and allow him to easily fight off diseases.

Betta Fish Care Tip 3 – Change water often

Bettas produce wastes just like other fish do. They cannot thrive in aquariums that aren’t properly maintained. If he is in a 5 gallon aquarium, 1 to 2 gallons should be changed weekly. If his tank is smaller, change up to 50 to 75% of the water every week.

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Betta Fish Care Tip 4 – Let him exercise his tail

Betta fish are natural fighters. Since fighting them for fun isn’t good for their health, there is one other way you can let him exercise his instinct to fight. Hold a mirror up to his aquarium for a few minutes at a time, several times per day. He will think he sees another male and will start flaring his tail. Flaring a few times per day will help his tail fully develop! Another option is to let him see a male betta in another aquarium for a few minutes at a time.

These tips will help improve the health and quality of your betta’s life. If you want to get serious about betta fish care, then “Betta fish care exposed” should be your next step for information. At only $7.95 it’s practically a steal! Click here for more information about it.

Refugium DIY – Tips and Plans

If you are looking to setup a refugium for your reef tank, but do not want to spend the money on an expensive refugium, DIY may be the best route for you.  There are many things to consider when it comes to setting up your own DIY refugium.  These include the location of your refugium, the source of the water, and the aesthetics.  The refugium plans are also very important, and you should consider buying a proper set of DIY instructions.

  • location – will your refugium DIY project eventually be on a table next to your show tank?  If so, you will need to pump water back to the main aquarium.
  • water source – do not use the water surface itself as the source of water for your refugium.  This will lead to oils and dissolved proteins being added to your refugium that can harm your algae or other inhabitants.  Instead, have a water source that is below the water surface.
  • aesthetics – your refugium may be in a visible spot.  If this is the case, make it aesthetically pleasing by adding live sand and live rock before adding any inhabitants

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Finally, rather than scouring the internet for questionable refugium DIY plans, its often best to spend a few dollars and purchase plans from a reputable source. The same goes for supplies for your refugium.  Quality refugium plans will include a full set of materials needed for the production of the refugium.  They will also include any tools needed for the DIY project to go smoothly.  Any decent DIY plans will include step by step directions with well thought out pictures showing the major steps being accomplished.  This is important and will help make sure you can easily follow the DIY instructions when it comes time to actually build your DIY refugium.

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