Aquarium Advice

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What you need to know about marine salt

The fundamental difference between freshwater and marine tanks is of course salt. If you’re new to keeping marines, or are considering moving over to the salty side of the hobby, here’s everything you need to know. It’s not just any old salt!Salt is salt. Right? Not exactly. Salt as we know it is Sodium Chloride, NaCl, but the “salt” in the ocean is actually a chemical soup...

The eight best tropical fish for aquariums, and five to add with caution

Zebra danioZebra danios, Danio rerio, are just about the hardiest tropical fish you’ll ever keep. They don’t mind if the water is hard or soft, still or flowing, warm or unheated, and they are the single best fish for new fishkeepers and new aquariums. They are small, fast and although they aren’t that colourful, they make up for it in disease resistance and tolerance of less than perfe...

How to set up a marine aquarium

Own an aquarium and there will always be one type which will be sure to allure you - marines. In terms of colour, variety and movement, there is nothing else like it, and set-up a reef aquarium and dreams of keeping clownfish, anemones and corals can all become a reality. The basicsCoral reefs inhabit the tropical oceans, between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. They naturally in...

How to get rid of algae in an aquarium

Fish tank plants

What is it?Algae is a very basic plant which can make its own food via photosynthesis, from light. They are typically very small, and aquatic, although they’re in a huge group ranging from that tiny single celled algae that cause green water, to Seaweeds, and more.Algae were some of the very first lifeforms on earth and are present on every continent today, both land and sea.They can t...

How to grow aquarium plants

Dutch style aquascaping

As aquatic spectacles go, few vistas beat a planted aquarium. Whether it’s for some habitat correct greenery in a biotope, a Japanese inspired aquascape, or just to brighten up a freshwater tank, live aquatic plants have both form and function, and can benefit the fish that live alongside them, as well as their owners.The advantages of live aquatic plantsAquatic plants can benefit cold...

How to choose an Aquarium Filter

The filter is the most important piece of equipment for any aquarium, but there is a huge array of models available, so how do you choose? Here’s our essential guide.The BasicsAll aquariums containing fish need a filter of some kind. The filter traps debris, clearing the water and enabling better viewing of your fish. The trapping of physical waste is called mechanical filtration.Fi...

The Future of Fish Feeding

As with most aspects of life, the best nutrition for our pets is something we learn about constantly, and we are constantly aiming to improve all aspects of their husbandry, diet included. As each year passes and we gain more knowledge, the top brands are able to grow and develop to incorporate all this new information. Vitalis Aquatic Nutrition is one of these companies, that has been able to co...

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...

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