Aquarium Advice

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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 th...

How do I choose the right fish tank?

With names like Aludekor, Trigon, Rekord and Brillux, choosing a fish tank for the first time looks like a rather daunting task but really once you peer through the murky waters everything becomes crystal clear! To make the selection easier we've decided to pick out a few fish tanks based on popular style and budget needs. Best fish tank for a beginner on a budget: If you're on a budget, you'll ...

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 fis...

Set up a reef tank like ours

In the Swell office we keep a reef aquarium which is flourishing with both corals and fish. Here's how we did it.Our tank is a Red Sea Max 550, an upgrade from our previous Red Sea Max 250. After assembling it we filled it with RO water.With a reef aquarium sometimes you can end up with debris underneath your live rocks which your water changes and gravel cleaning cannot solve, so we c...

Aquarium cleaning FAQs and handy tips

Aquarium cleaning and maintenance is essential and is often a case of "a stitch in time saves nine", here we present a few simple frequently asked questions and some handy tips.How often should I change bulbs?If you're growing plants or keeping corals you need to change bulbs each year. Although your bulbs may seem to be giving off the same light, they may not have the same spectrum that ...

The real deal: The benefits of living plants in an aquarium

When setting up a new aquarium there is a wide selection of plants to choose from. With cold water fanatics arguing the case for plastic plants and purists arguing in favour of living plants, it can be difficult to decide. It’s usually a case of finding which ones are right for you.What do aquatic plants do?Aquatic plants convert the carbon dioxide produced by the fish into oxygen. When...

Why Fish Make Great Pets

You may feel a little out of your depth when it comes to keeping fish for the first time, but fish keeping can be a rewarding hobby and a great way to unwind at the end of the day.Unlike other pets, fish don’t need walking, they don’t bring home nasty surprises for supper like a cat will and they don’t make noise. They’re also great if you suffer from fur allergies.Owning a cat or...

Nano fishtanks: Small but perfectly formed

AquaEl Nano Reef Fish Tank

Nano tanks, as you might have guessed from the name, are smaller aquarium systems, which generally come in a cube or cuboid shape and come complete as a full tank system: this means that they tend to include built-in features such as a filter and lighting.Nano fish tanks are typically between five gallons and 10 gallons, thus ideal for fish keeping beginners and also experienced aquatic fanat...

Aquascaping: Designing setups in freshwater aquariums

Swell UK planted aquarium

Aquascaping designs have evolved over the years, and there are numerous styles out there that one can adopt. The Dutch style resembles a garden; while the Japanese style is minimalistic and reminds of the delicate balance in nature.It is not all about pretty looking plants in an aquarium, there are technical aspects that need to be considered, from carbon dioxide levels, filtration and lighti...

Fish keeping the Japanese way

Japanese style aquariums and Japanese style ponds are very popular and there's something about this oriental design that captivates people.Whether it's the nature style freshwater aquarium designs – or aquascapes – of the likes of Takashi Amano or an ornate koi pond, many people opt for the Japanese lookBut what is the Japanese style? Is there one single concept that sums up Japanese taste...

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