Aquarium Advice

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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...

How to control algae in your aquarium

Algae growth is a problem that the majority of aquarium owners will face at one time or another. Sometimes, even the most dedicated and experienced aquatic enthusiasts find themselves battling the dreaded green stuff.While algae is a natural organism which can occasionally be healthy, excess algae growth is unsightly can can have damaging effects on your fish tank and its inhabitants. What cause...

Why do my fish keep dying?

There's nothing more frustrating for a fish owner than looking into your aquarium to see one of your fish floating lifelessly at the surface.It can be even more frustrating if over the next few days more fish start to drop dead, leaving you wondering what is making them die and whether you have done something wrong.If you have lost a few fish in a short space of time it could of course be a co...

Aquarium Plants. Real or Fake?

The artificial vs. live plant argument is always a hot topic among aquatic enthusiasts and there are many pros and cons on each side. There is of course no right or wrong choice when choosing what type of plant to keep in your aquarium, it is all a matter of taste. Here we look into the pros and cons of artificial aquarium plants and live plants to help you to decide which is best for you.Live P...

How to add fish to your fish tank

How do I add fish to my fish tank?Adding new fish to your fish tank isn't simply a case of throwing them into the tank straight out of the bag. It is important to gradually introduce them to the aquarium using a process called acclimatisation. Here we explain what acclimatisation is and show you step by step how to add fish to your aquarium safely.What is acclimatisation?Acclimatisation is t...

How to clean your fish tank

When you first get a fish tank it is easy to spend all of your time admiring the beauty of the fish that live inside it, spending hours watching them swim around and listening to the trickle of the water emerging from the filter and going back into the tank. But as beautiful as your aquarium might look, its chemistry can be far from ideal. Inside the water, are thousands of bacteria and chemicals,...

How to clean and maintain your fish tank. Jenni’s aquarium #3

Keep your fish happy and healthy by cleaning your fish tank on a regular basis. Cleaning your fish tank doesn't have to be difficult and once you get into a routine, it won't take you long at all. Swell content writer, Jenni, recently set up her own aquarium, here she writes about test kits, water changes and general aquarium maintenance.   Testing water in the fish tankI've had my ...

Fish food for thought – do fish have personalities – Think Tank

Fish Food for Thought: In a new series of scientific and technical articles called Think Tank, writer Josie Rylands looks at a range of fish traits. In this first article, Josie investigates whether fish really do have personalities.  Let’s face it: pet owners are sometimes mocked a little bit for giving our animals human qualities. Whether it’s insisting that your cat understands your ev...

Where should I put my fish tank?

So you've fallen in love with a fish tank that you've seen on the Swell UK website, have chosen some decor and substrate and have had a think about which fish you want to get, so what next? Before you purchase an aquarium you need to think carefully about where in your home it will go. You also need to ensure that the surface that you place your aquarium on is strong enough to support the weight o...

How to do a water change

Regular water changes are an important part of keeping your fish healthy. While many people think that a smaller tank requires less maintenance, this couldn't be further from the truth. It is actually the case that the smaller your fish tank, the more often these water changes need to be done. This is so that harmful levels of ammonia and nitrites can be reduced and the water quality improved for ...

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