Aquarium Advice

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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...

How Important is 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 fis...

Common Fish Diseases and Treatments

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 fish ar...

Looking After Your Coral

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 of...

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