All posts by Jenni Hill

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Where should I put my fish tank?

So you've fallen in love with a fish tank that you've seen on the Swell UK website, have chosen some decor and substrate and have had a think about which fish you want to get, so what next? Before you purchase an aquarium you need to think carefully about where in your home it will go. You also need to ensure that the surface that you place your aquarium on is strong enough to support the weight o...

How to do a water change

Regular water changes are an important part of keeping your fish healthy. While many people think that a smaller tank requires less maintenance, this couldn't be further from the truth. It is actually the case that the smaller your fish tank, the more often these water changes need to be done. This is so that harmful levels of ammonia and nitrites can be reduced and the water quality improved for ...

Best starter fish for your new aquarium

If you've recently set up your first fish tank, and have waited a week for the filter and heater to get to work, it's time to take the plunge and go to the aquatics shop to buy your first tank inhabitants. Now that you've got all the equipment shopping out of the way, you can enjoy the fish selecting process. But deciding between all the various species can be a difficult task and a little overwhe...

Adding fish to a new tank. Jenni’s aquarium blog #2

Swell content writer, Jenni Hill, recently set up her first aquarium. After a week of water changes and test kits, she's just bought her first fish. This weekend the time finally came to add the first fish to my Fluval Edge fish tank. After a week of water changes and test kits, I was practically running to the local aquatic shop on Saturday to buy some fish.When I arrived at the shop I couldn't...

Jenni’s Aquarium. Setting up the Fluval Edge

Swell content writer, Jenni Hill, has just set up her first aquarium. She's new to the whole fish keeping hobby, but plans to write a series of posts explaining how she gets on  I've been working at Swell for four months now and ever since starting the job I've been desperate to get my own fish tank. I've become addicted to the TV show Tanked and spend far to many of my evenings watching...

Common first fish tank mistakes

Starting SmallWhen buying a fish tank for the first time, many people assume that it's best to start of small. Dipping their toes (not literally of course!) in the water and trying things out before gradually expanding on their new hobby once they know what they're doing. But in most cases, a small aquarium can actually be more difficult to maintain than a large one. Small aquariums require a lo...

Tanked. Take it with a pinch of marine salt.

After hearing about a popular US TV show about a couple of New Yorkers who build impressive one-of-a-kind aquariums, Swell blogger Jenni decided to see what all the fuss was about.Hit US TV show, Tanked, has just finished its fourth season. Viewing figures have poured in for the show that sees aquarium enthusiasts and expert tank manufacturers, Brett Raymer and Wayde King create impressive fish...

Top 10 algae busting tips

1. Don't over feed your fishAs fun as it can be to watch your fish swim excitedly towards the surface of the water when you offer a pinch or two of fish food, overfeeding is one of the most common causes of algae. Leftover fish food produces ammonia and phosphate which then turns into algae. Since the dreaded green stuff thrives on uneaten food and fish waste it's therefore best to avoid throwin...

A beginners guide to keeping guppies

Can I have just one guppy?As guppies are usually seen in groups,, many new fish keepers wonder whether they can keep one guppy on its own.It's absolutely fine to keep one guppy alone, particularly if you own a very small tank which would cause cramped conditions if you were to keep several. The size of your tank is something that needs to be taken into consideration when you are buying fish, a...

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