Aquarium Advice

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Tank Light Bulbs: What colours do you need?

 When it comes to lighting for your fish tank, it can be a minefield. Not only are there different fittings of bulbs to consider, but also it seems an infinite amount of variations in colours and names – is there really that much difference in them?Firstly, let’s look at the basics. If you’re looking for high spec lighting for marine corals for example, this isn’t for you. Tha...

Modern and unusual fish tanks

fluval chi tank in living room

The aquarium hobby is continuing to advance at a rapid pace. One of the many great things about this is that there are an abundance of modern and unusual fish tanks available, complete with state of the art filtration and care systems that not only serve as the perfect dwelling for your fish, but also make a great, inspiration and relaxing addition to your home. Here’ s the Swell UK team’s pi...

Custodians: Your freshwater aquarium ‘clean-up’ crew

Plecostomus

When problems with algae appear in your aquarium, it’s all too easy to jump straight to the chemical solutions, but keeping a set of aquarium custodians or ‘Clean-Up Crew’ can be just as effective, and far more natural when it’s done right.The phrase ‘clean-up crew’ has been around since the 1980’s, and has been used by professional aquarists and vendors all over, and refers to o...

Fish feeding advice – how, how much and how often?

When keeping an aquarium, fish feeding is one of those things that you want to get just right.Using the right methods, the right food, the right schedule and the right quantities can effect much more than just the basic nutrition of your fish, extending to tank-wide consequences if you get it wrong.At Swell UK, we take hundreds of advice calls every week about fish feeding, and usually it boil...

Selecting healthy fish for tropical aquariums

Selection of tropical fish

One of the most dangerous times for your fish tank is the introduction of new fish into the ecosystem, and learning to identify healthy fish for tropical aquariums is one of the most useful skills you can develop as an aquarist.At Swell UK, we still hear about people getting it wrong from time to time, but we are happy to say we have a few tips to help you make getting a new fish as safe as po...

How aquarium filters work for beginners

Understanding just how your aquarium filter works is one of the major milestones when you begin you aquarium hobby. Essentially, your fish tank filtration system is the key to keeping healthy water, and therefore healthy fish, generating hundreds of calls to the experts at Swell UK each week.The best information comes free, and we thought we’d walk any newcomers to the aquarium hobby through t...

Advice on water change equipment

Regular water changes are a big part of fish keeping, both in ponds and aquariums. Often considered one of the draw backs of fish keeping, it is nevertheless essential in most cases. But at Swell UK, we’ve learnt there are a few tricks and toys that can make this task easier, cheaper and faster.Why do we need to do water changes?Not only are regular water changes a great way to keep your wat...

Ammonia and your fish tank – everything you need to know

While there are plenty of chemical balances that effect your aquarium water quality, Ammonia has to be near the top. At Swell UK, we see plenty of calls and queries about ammonia levels, and rightly so! Ammonia in your tank cannot be completely avoided, and needs to be regulated with filtration to avoid poisoning your fish, effecting pH and creating blooms of nasty looking algae.First and foremo...

Finding the perfect match: Tropical fish compatibility

crown tail betta fish

As Swell UK begins to retail more and more live fish stock of all shapes, sizes and colours, the question of what fish will cohabit with each other comes up more and more often. And of course it does! It’s an important question in terms of the health and wellbeing of your fish, as well as the money from your pocket, where getting a pairing wrong often means a costly mistake.Every time you c...

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 habitatsFirst of all, it’s important to remember that despite your...

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