All posts by Jeremy Gay

Jeremy Gay is an author, lifelong fishkeeper, and aquatic specialist. He's a former editor of Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, UK editor at Reefbuilders, a former aquatic store manager, and has collected fish in Sri Lanka and the Amazon. He's been on tv and radio, contributed to Koi Carp and Gardeners World magazines, been a product tester, a judge, and a product developer. Jeremy is here to guide and advise you on all things tropical, pond and marine, from set-up to stocking, health, feeding to breeding, as well as solving many common fishkeeping problems along the way.
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Which filter do I need for my pond?

Do you need a pond filter, and if so, which one? We show you your options in this easy to follow guide.You need a pond filter in order to achieve one or both of the following things: Clean, clear water, or a healthy environment for fish. Pond water often goes green, and the combination of a pond pump, pond filter and an ultraviolet clarifier can prevent this. Pond fish also produce waste but...

How to set up a marine aquarium

Own an aquarium and there will always be one type which will be sure to allure you - marines. In terms of colour, variety and movement, there is nothing else like it, and set-up a reef aquarium and dreams of keeping clownfish, anemones and corals can all become a reality. The basicsCoral reefs inhabit the tropical oceans, between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. They naturally in...

How to get rid of algae in an aquarium

Fish tank plants

Algae is a very basic plant which can make its own food via photosynthesis, from light. They are typically very small, and aquatic, although they’re in a huge group ranging from that tiny single celled algae that cause green water, to Seaweeds, and more.Algae were some of the very first lifeforms on earth and are present on every continent today, both land and sea. They can tolerate hugely...

How to grow aquarium plants

Dutch style aquascaping

As aquatic spectacles go, few vistas beat a planted aquarium. Whether it’s for some habitat correct greenery in a biotope, a Japanese inspired aquascape, or just to brighten up a freshwater tank, live aquatic plants have both form and function, and can benefit the fish that live alongside them, as well as their owners.The advantages of live aquatic plantsAquatic plants can benefit cold...

How to choose an Aquarium Filter

The filter is the most important piece of equipment for any aquarium, but there is a huge array of models available, so how do you choose? Here’s our essential guide.The BasicsAll aquariums containing fish need a filter of some kind. The filter traps debris, clearing the water and enabling better viewing of your fish. The trapping of physical waste is called mechanical filtration.Fi...

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