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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...

Essential tips for getting your pond ready for Spring

Spring Pond

The yearly cycle of your pond is important, and with Spring just ready to poke it’s head out following our Swell UK essential tips for getting your pond ready for Spring might just make all the difference in the Spring and Summer when you can enjoy your garden pond at it’s best.We’re sure we don’t need to tell you to dress sensibly for this occasion – temperatures are still pretty lo...

Children and ponds: Keeping everybody safe

child looking at Koi Carp fish in pond

Many pond keepers worry about the relationship between their pond and the children that come into contact with it, and rightly so!Learning to keep your children safe around your pond (and often, keeping your pond safe around the children) is something we should always take seriously, and so here’s a few pointers to avoid disaster and ensure the enjoyment of your garden in a safe manner.S...

How to control pond algae

green pond water

How to control pond algae - trouble shooterWith so much chemistry going on in your pond, having a lookthrough a pond algae trouble shooter might just save you the heartache of a green and stagnant pond.We all know the type of pond algae problem we are talking about, the stubborn ‘pea soup’ pond, where a single or series of factors may have led to algae gaining a rapid and strong hold o...

Fish feeding advice – how, how much and how often?

Red betta fish

When keeping an aquarium, fish feeding is one of those things that you want to get just right.Using the right methods, the right food, the right schedule and the right quantities can effect much more than just the basic nutrition of your fish, extending to tank-wide consequences if you get it wrong.At Swell UK, we take hundreds of advice calls every week about fish feeding, and usually it ...

Selecting healthy fish for tropical aquariums

Selection of tropical fish

One of the most dangerous times for your fish tank is the introduction of new fish into the ecosystem, and learning to identify healthy fish for tropical aquariums is one of the most useful skills you can develop as an aquarist.At Swell UK, we still hear about people getting it wrong from time to time, but we are happy to say we have a few tips to help you make getting a new fish as safe as po...

How aquarium filters work for beginners

Fish tank

Understanding just how your aquarium filter works is one of the major milestones when you begin you aquarium hobby. Essentially, your fish tank filtration system is the key to keeping healthy water, and therefore healthy fish, generating hundreds of calls to the experts at Swell UK each week.The best information comes free, and we thought we’d walk any newcomers to the aquarium hobby through...

Advice on water change equipment

water droplet

Regular water changes are a big part of fish keeping, both in ponds and aquariums. Often considered one of the draw backs of fish keeping, it is nevertheless essential in most cases. But at Swell UK, we’ve learnt there are a few tricks and toys that can make this task easier, cheaper and faster.Why do we need to do water changes?Not only are regular water changes a great way to keep your...

Ammonia and your fish tank – everything you need to know

Goldfish

While there are plenty of chemical balances that effect your aquarium water quality, Ammonia has to be near the top. At Swell UK, we see plenty of calls and queries about ammonia levels, and rightly so! Ammonia in your tank cannot be completely avoided, and needs to be regulated with filtration to avoid poisoning your fish, effecting pH and creating blooms of nasty looking algae.First and fore...

Finding the perfect match: Tropical fish compatibility

crown tail betta fish

As Swell UK begins to retail more and more live fish stock of all shapes, sizes and colours, the question of what fish will cohabit with each other comes up more and more often. And of course it does! It’s an important question in terms of the health and wellbeing of your fish, as well as the money from your pocket, where getting a pairing wrong often means a costly mistake.Every time you c...

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