Aquarium Advice

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Lifestyle Aquariums: Innovative Aquarium Designs

Once upon a time keeping an aquarium meant that you needed to master water chemistry or sacrifice large amounts of space in your home but times have changed. Now you can get designer aquariums tailored to your individual tastes that will also add a touch of style to your home.What is a lifestyle aquarium?Lifestyle aquariums are for everyday people who want to bring the pleasure and beauty...

AquaEl Classic: An ideal first fish tank

aquael lid

For a beginner looking to begin with the aquarium hobby, most will want a fish tank that is good looking, a moderate size and not too expensive. Beginners will also most likely want an aquarium that comes with the other necessary items like lighting and heating. For this purpose the AquaEl Classic range is perfect.Swell Aquatics expert Mark Cropper said: “The AquaEl Classic is by far our most ...

An introduction to LED Lighting

Installing fish tank LED lighting

What is LED lighting? LED (light emitting diodes) are available in a variety of colours and, just like normal fish tank lighting, different coloured bulbs are available. For example, actinic blue LEDs will be able to bring about the deep, vibrant quality of the marine aquarium, which is perfect for replicating the natural underwater environment, without causing evaporation of aquarium water throu...

Nitrogen cycle: In layman’s terms

The nitrogen cycle in aquariums

What is the nitrogen cycle? At its most basic level, the nitogen cycle is this: Fish poo and rotting vegetation gives off toxins that are harmful, so you need to convert it to something less harmful, then when you've done that you need to convert that to something even less harmful, then you can get rid of it. Your allies in getting rid of ammonia and nitrites are the beneficial bacteria in your ...

Aquascaping for the freshwater aquarium keeper

Aquascaping comes in many different forms. It is an artform in itself and just like any art there are many different genres. You cannot compare high Renaissance paintings to post impressionism and you cannot compare a biotope aquarium to an Iwagumi. It all comes down to personal choice and preference.Aquascaping began with simple community aquariums, where Joe Public would use whatever nicknacks...

Marine aquarium: Set up and care

Marine aquarium

We’ve all sat in a dentist’s waiting room, or Chinese restaurant, admiring the majesty of the aquarium, you might have thought about keeping your own. As Mark puts it, “Some people watch their fish tanks like they would watch the telly, it can be just as entertaining.” But which aquarium is best for the beginner?The three major types of aquarium available are tropical marine aquariums,...

Noisy air pumps: How to turn down the volume

Due to their vibratory design the chances are that at some point you've had to deal with a noisy air pump. This is exceptionally common, but here are the answers to some of the questions you might be asking yourself when dealing with noisy air pumps for aquariums. How do air pumps work? Air pumps work using an electric coil which sits opposite a magnet on the end of a metal arm. The back of the...

Why do I need a substrate?

nordic gravel substrate

There are various types of substrate available and just like in nature a good substrate should be a blend of several types of sand or gravel, rather than one single type.The primary reason for adding a substrate to your tank is to give it a look all of its own while also giving you the options to grow live plants.Whether your tastes lend to the fun and lively Swell Black Stellar Stone Grav...

Minding Nemo: Caring for clownfish

"Daddy, I want a Nemo" are words countless fish keepers and would-be fish keepers will have heard following the release of the Pixar movie Finding Nemo.The "Nemo" in question is of course a Common clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) a fish with some very unusual traits.The clownfish's most noticeable attribute - namely its beautiful colours - is also its weakness and makes it easy prey for predat...

Metal halides explained

Metal halide light unit

To help you make an informed decision about whether metal halides are right for you, we’ve includes the positives and negatives of using this type of light unit, over other options such as LED light units or fluorescents.Metal Halide light bulbs are especially popular in marine tanks for the exceptionally bright light they provide and their ability to penetrate deeper water. This is particul...

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