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Ponds, pond pumps and winter care

Pond season is about to start so it may be time to replenish the supplies, or if you're new to pond keeping a perfect time to start. If you are new to pond keeping you need to decide what kind of pond you want.Once you have weighed up the size of pond you want you can then choose how you want to build the pond itself. Most people will dig a hole and use a pond liner, but you can also go for a pr...

Lifestyle Aquariums: Innovative Aquarium Designs

Fluval Edge fish tank

Once upon a time keeping an aquarium meant that you needed to master water chemistry or sacrifice large amounts of space in your home but times have changed. Now you can get designer aquariums tailored to your individual tastes that will also add a touch of style to your home.What is a lifestyle aquarium?Lifestyle aquariums are for everyday people who want to bring the pleasure and beauty ...

AquaEl Classic: An ideal first fish tank

aquael lid

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...

Winter pond care

What happens to my pond during winter?During winter your pond undergoes signficant changes. As the temperature lowers the fish will enter a state of hybernation, in which their metabolism and activity will greatly reduce. There is also a risk of the ice freezing over and with the presence of pond plants proper maintenance and cleaning is required.Winter pond care is very important to the healt...

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...

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...

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