Aquarium Advice

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How to theme your aquarium – 4 great decor ideas for your tank

The most eye-catching and impactful aquatic displays are often the ones that follow a theme. Here’s some easy to create decor themes to make your tank look spectacular. Flooded forestFew tanks look more natural than one simply decorated with fine sand, wood and with brown, tea-stained water. “Blackwater” habitats are common around the world and many of the fish we keep from Car...

5 Essential fishkeeping items for Lockdown

Keep yourself and your fish safe with these essential items.FoodStock up on your favourite brand of fish food, but if you’re having to spend more time at home now is the time to feed treat foods, species-specific foods or to try another brand. Are all your fish getting fed exactly what they need or are they having to make do with an all in one flake food?Algae-based wafers and table...

The best top, middle and bottom-dwelling tropical fish for aquariums

The Yoyo loach, Almora loach or Pakistani loach, Botia almorhae

An effective community aquarium features fish of all colours, shapes and sizes, but where they swim in the tank matters too. Different species naturally inhabit different areas in the water column, as it's where they’ve learned to survive in nature. Surface dwelling fish are first to any food that hits the surface like tiny insects falling from the tree canopy above. Bottom-dwelling fish c...

How to set up a paludarium

A paludarium is a magical blend of aquarium and vivarium, where fish, amphibians, aquatic plants and terrestrial plants can all be brought together in a unique watery habitat. Paludariums are essentially half land, half water and can be achieved in a number of ways, either by half-filling an aquarium and providing rocks or wood above the surface that animals can hall out on. Or by investing in a ...

The six best marine fish for new reefkeepers

Selection of tropical fish

Choosing marine fish can be a minefield, with most of the desirable ones like puffers and butterflyfish being unsuitable for reef tanks. Here's the Swell UK Guide to the best marine fish to start your reef tank with.Six line wrasseThe six-line wrasse stays small, is hardy but also performs a useful task in the reef aquarium, eating pests like flatworms. Every reef tank needs a wrasse to k...

Which aquarium do I need for tropical fish?

Want to keep fish but are unsure which tank to go for? Get started the right way with the Swell Buyer’s guide to aquariums.SizeTanks range in size from just 20cm in length and 10 litres in volume to 150cm and over 400 litres in volume and larger. All are capable of keeping fish alive but a small tank will restrict the sorts of fish and the number, versus a bigger one. Decide on the sort...

Five easy to breed cichlids

Want to breed cichlids? Here is the Swell Guide to the five easiest cichlids for you to breed at home.ConvictsConvicts display all the cichlid traits that are typical of the group. They’re tough, hardy, feisty fish that will thrive in virtually any freshwater aquarium situation. But the one thing they do best is breed. Male fish are larger with bigger heads, longer bodies and longer fin...

How to treat sick fish – a Swell UK beginners guide

The key to managing disease in your fish tank is to observe your fish. Watch your fish every day but at the same time look for signs of ill health and disease.Are they swimming where they should be in the tank for their type of fish, or are they sat motionless on the bottom or hanging just below the surface when they are usually active in midwater? Are their fins erect and free of white fluf...

The swell guide to how to keep plecos in an aquarium

Plecos are popular aquarium fish, known for their sucker mouths and their algae-eating capabilities. Some plecos get big however and others have specialised care requirements. Here’s our guide on how to keep plecos in an aquarium.DiversityThink of a pleco and you’ll probably imagine a common plec, sailfin plec or Bristlenose, but there are over 680 different species from 92 genera, wi...

How to fix a fish tank leak

A leaking tank can be a worrying time for fishkeepers. Here are some pointers for what to do in an emergency:Can you see the leak? Or can you just see water around the tank? First, establish if the tank itself is leaking or if its any associated equipment. Does the tank have an external power filter and if so are its inlet and outlet pipes in the tank as they should be? Have you maintained th...

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