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Freshwater Aquaria Introduction: A Guide to Selecting Fish for Your Freshwater Aquarium

Freshwater Aquaria Introduction: A Guide to Selecting Fish for Your Freshwater Aquarium

Starting a new aquarium can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming! There are many decisions that need to be made; tank size, filtration, heating, decor, lighting, and livestock choice all matter in the immediate and long-term health and well-being of your aquarium.  Determining species compatibility before adding them together is critical, both to save your time and money, and also to ensure the health and safety of your fish. In the beginning, it can be really difficult to know what can and can’t go together, but this article is kicking off a series of guides for you so...

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Choose the Best Filtration System for Your Aquarium

Choose the Best Filtration System for Your Aquarium

Water quality is essential to keeping your aquarium healthy, and you have many options to choose from when it comes to filtration systems. But how do you choose the right one? It comes down to a number of factors, including the size of your aquarium and the needs of your fish. Filtration Methods First, let's look at the types of filtration you'll need in your aquarium. These include: Mechanical: Most filtration systems have a mechanical element that pushes water through a filter to remove debris. Biological: Biological filtration uses bacteria to convert toxic ammonia and nitrite into less toxic substances....

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What is Fin Rot?

What is Fin Rot?
This is a disease that commonly affects aquarium fish. Little is known about why fin rot occurs. Since aquariums are not a natural ecosystem, many environmental factors could come into play. Bacteria seem...

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Starfish Care

Starfish Care

A starfish can be an intriguing addition to your saltwater aquarium, but they do require proper care to thrive and have long, healthy lives. Knowing how to care for your starfish can help you provide the best environment for a diverse, happy aquarium. About Starfish Starfish aren’t actually fish, and are more accurately called sea stars. They are most closely related to sand dollars, sea urchins, sea lilies, and sea cucumbers. Starfish have tiny tube feet on their undersides and can move as fast as three feet per minute, and while they don’t have blood, they use a water vascular...

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Home Sweet Home: Acclimating Your Pet Reptile to its New Habitat

Home Sweet Home: Acclimating Your Pet Reptile to its New Habitat

Moving to a new place can be tough, especially for our reptile friends. Exotic animals are especially prone to stress and don't care for sudden changes. If you've recently added a new scaly family member to your home, help your snake, turtle, or lizard settle in with these simple, easy tips for acclimating your pet reptile to its new habitat.   Prepare the Enclosure Rolling out the welcome mat may look a bit different for snakes, turtles, and lizards, but preparing their enclosure is a critical aspect of getting any new habitat ready. Exotic pets require a very specific environment in...

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