Aquarium Advice

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Taking care of Axolotls in captivity, keeping your pet happy and healthy

Cute, not so cuddly but curious little creatures, axolotls are definitely taking a bigger share of the exotic pets hobby than ever before, and therefore information about how to care for them is becoming more and more important. If you are thinking about getting one, learning how to take care of them is the first step. Axolotl habitats First of all, it’s important to remember that despite your...

How to Test your Aquarium Water

Testing your Aquarium Water An essential part of owning a marine aquarium is the on-going testing and monitoring of the water that your fish, plants and corals grow and live in. The most successful fish keepers and aquascapers regularly check their water rather than waiting before a problem occurs.There are plenty of things that need checking regularly in aquarium water; some of which can cau...

Aquarium Spotlight: Clownfish

Made all the more famous by a certain animated blockbuster about 10 years ago, the Clownfish is a firm favourite with marine aquarists the world over, and with plenty of good reason.Endemic to the Indian and South Pacific Oceans, the Clownfish lives in shallow waters, primarily among other reef fish and they often form symbiotic relationships with sea anemones, which they effectively use as a ...

How Important is Accurate Fish Feeding?

Swell UK Accurate Fish Feeding

From watching an experienced aquarist feed their fish, you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a relatively inexact science, however the reality is that fish feeding should be a scheduled and relatively precise portion of your aquarium or pond keeping regime, and here are a few reasons why: Choosing the right fish food This is the first thing you need to think about. Take a look at the f...

Common Fish Diseases and Treatments

Swell UK Common Fish Diseases

Some fish diseases are more common than others, and whether you keep pond fish, freshwater, tropical or marine fish either outside or in an aquarium, they are all sadly susceptible to these 4 nasty diseases.Fortunately, the remedies are on offer too. So let’s take a look at 4 of the most Common Fish Diseases: White Spot This is probably the most common disease of all because nearly all fis...

Looking After Your Coral

Swell UK Marine Coral Advice

If you are keeping a marine tank, the chances are that one of the most potentially beautiful and intriguing things about it is the coral you keep. With so many colourful varieties on offer, in different shapes and sizes, they are often the stunning feature point of your tank.Perhaps just as important as that are the functions coral performs. When coral is done right, it becomes the life-force ...

Helpful Fish Tank Cleaning Buddies

Swell UK Blog Fish Tank

Most of us aquarists would agree that a great and healthy fish tank is usually one that recreates a natural ecosystem as best as possible, meaning that it has a good degree of self-regulation and happy fish-life.But many people ignore the help that Mother Nature can give their tank in the form of ‘Clean-up crews’ and leave out invertebrates that can make a real difference to the quality a...

The Best Aquarium Substrate

Swell UK The Best Aquarium Substrate

With so many different kinds of aquarium substrate on offer, it can be difficult to come to a decision about which is the best one for you. There’s no real ‘right answer’, but we can sure help you narrow it down… Fish Tank Aesthetics The look of your tank can be greatly affected by your choice of substrate, and for most aquarium owners the aesthetics of their tank are of high importance....

Tropical Fish Tanks. Advice for beginners

How do I set the tank up? Usually, when setting up tropical fish tanks, the first thing to do is find the perfect location for your tank to go. You don't want it too close to a window or radiator as this can make it difficult to regulate the temperature. Increased light can also increase algae levels, which is extremely harmful to fish.Once you have decided on the location for your fish tan...

Things to think about before you buy new fish

Aquarium keeping can be an interesting hobby. Buying new fish is all part of the fun and introducing them to your aquarium for the first time can be an exciting process. When setting up a new aquarium, it is widely advised that you only add a few fish at a time rather than filling the fish tank full of life as soon as it's taken out of the box and filled it with water. If you have followed the abo...

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