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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...

UV Clarifier maintenance: Basic care and repairs

"Most people who keep a pond, take an interest in their equipment, know what's in there and know how to take care of it, and rightly so," says Swell warehouse manager Phil Cross."Unfortunately," he adds, "some people like the idea of a decorative pond, like looking at it, but don't like the idea of looking after it. They don't realise that by not maintaining the equipment they are damaging the...

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,...

Pond pump repair is easier than you think

Pond pump repair sounds pretty intimidating. After all a good pond pump is a pretty complicated piece of kit, all wires, cogs, circuitry and complications. Surely you must need a degree in nuclear physics and some sort of Dr Who sonic screwdriver to even get it out of the case?Well no, actually, pond pump repair is actually pretty simple for the most part. Usually your pump will have stopped w...

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...

Which style of rattan furniture is the best for you?

Hand built to the highest standards, there is a huge variety of luxury garden furniture that will be sure to enhance any garden or conservatory.To ensure that you get everything you need here is a basic introduction to the world of wicker furniture and the various types of furniture that are suited to almost every occasion.Like for those truly luxurious sunny days, nothing will do quite so wel...

Children can learn from ponds

At Swell UK, we like to think we know a thing or two about garden ponds, and an underrated value we have noticed is the huge amount of interesting things that children can learn from ponds, helping them better understand the natural world around them, how to help it out, and how to protect it.However, a word to the wise: if you have children in your family and are considering a pond, you must of...

Why do I need a substrate?

nordic gravel substrate

There are various types of substrate available and just like in nature a good substrate should be a blend of several types of sand or gravel, rather than one single type.The primary reason for adding a substrate to your tank is to give it a look all of its own while also giving you the options to grow live plants.Whether your tastes lend to the fun and lively Swell Black Stellar Stone Grav...

Minding Nemo: Caring for clownfish

"Daddy, I want a Nemo" are words countless fish keepers and would-be fish keepers will have heard following the release of the Pixar movie Finding Nemo.The "Nemo" in question is of course a Common clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) a fish with some very unusual traits.The clownfish's most noticeable attribute - namely its beautiful colours - is also its weakness and makes it easy prey for predat...

A pond in under an hour

You want a pond in your garden but can't be bothered digging a hole and cutting liner? Well how would you like a pond that you can set up in under an hour?The Affinity Octagon is a free standing feature pond that is perfect for smaller gardens or patios.The Affinity Octagon has rattan panels will look great with your garden furniture and they also have viewing windows so you can see your fish ...

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