Aquarium Advice

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Why Fish Make Great Pets

You may feel a little out of your depth when it comes to keeping fish for the first time, but fish keeping can be a rewarding hobby and a great way to unwind at the end of the day.Unlike other pets, fish don’t need walking, they don’t bring home nasty surprises for supper like a cat will and they don’t make noise. They’re also great if you suffer from fur allergies.Owning a cat or dog ...

Nano fishtanks: Small but perfectly formed

AquaEl Nano Reef Fish Tank

Nano tanks, as you might have guessed from the name, are smaller reef systems, which generally come in a cube or cuboid shape and come complete as a full tank system: this means that they tend to include built in features such as a filter and lighting.Nano fish tanks are typically between five gallons and 30 gallons, thus ideal for fish keeping beginners and also experienced aquatic fanatics. ...

Aquascaping: Designing setups in freshwater aquariums

Aquascaping designs have evolved over the years, and there are numerous styles out there that one can adopt. The Dutch style resembles a garden; while the Japanese style is minimalistic and reminds of the delicate balance in nature.It is not all about pretty looking plants in an aquarium, there are technical aspects that need to be considered, from carbon dioxide levels, filtration and lighting ...

Fish keeping the Japanese way

Japanese style aquariums and Japanese style ponds are very popular and there's something about this oriental design that captivates people.Whether it's the nature style freshwater aquarium designs – or aquascapes – of the likes of Takashi Amano or an ornate koi pond, many people opt for the Japanese lookBut what is the Japanese style? Is there one single concept that sums up Japanese taste...

AquaEl Classic: An ideal first fish tank

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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 mos...

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...

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