Fish Tanks

What do you feed goldfish?

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One of the most common pet fish do not come with many instructions. Goldfish are not the most efficient feed to mass converters, so they tend to produce more waste than many other species. So what do you feed goldfish? Keep in mind, it is recommended that goldfish start with 20-gallons per fish and have

Best Fish Tank Filter

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How do you choose the best fish tank filter? There are two main types of filters you can use on your aquarium – hang-on and canister. No matter what type you choose, remember the all important point – NEVER REPLACE YOUR FILTER MEDIA!! Hang-On Filters These filters come in a variety of layers, shapes and

Fish Bowl Syndrome

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A common problem we see, especially in betta fish, is known as Fish Bowl Syndrome. Essentially, it can be broken down into one main issue: Your fish is in a bowl. Problem #1: Your fish has no filtration for processing of dangerous ammonia waste. Without a place for bacteria to grow and filter the water,

New Tank Syndrome

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The biggest hurdle for new fish owners is New Tank Syndrome. When you set up a new fish tank for the first time, there are a few things you can expect to happen that can severely impact your fish’s survival. With a brand new filter, your nitrogen cycle has not been established. It will take

How To Setup A New Fish Tank

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Ready to get started? Join along with our Boo & Bubbles characters to see how to setup a new fish tank! Read through our check list to make sure you have everything you need to start! After you setup a new fish tank successfully, all you have to do is keep up with your maintenance,

New Fish Tank Checklist

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Thinking about adding a new fish tank to your home or business? Make sure you have everything you need before you get started. Print this list and bring it with you to the store to make sure you don’t forget anything. BEFORE YOU GET STARTED: What kind of tank do you want? How big of

Hydrogen Sulfide Toxicity in Fish Systems

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Have you ever been cleaning your pond, maybe pulling out dead plants, and smelled rotting eggs? This unfortunate smell is hydrogen sulfide, the product of anaerobic bacteria buried deep in the mud. Hydrogen sulfide is highly toxic to fish and can can death very quickly. Fish who are exposed suffer an increase in secondary infections

Stop Replacing Your Fish Tank Filters!!

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** This post contains affiliate links that give us a percentage of your purchase for our recommendations. ** Dear Fish Tank Owners, Please stop replacing your fish tank filters media every month. I know it says to do so on the box! But, guess what? They do that in order to SELL MORE!! When you

Aquatic Plants in Fish Tanks and Ponds

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What are the pros and cons to having plants in fish tanks and ponds? As is the dilemma facing most freshwater tank and pond owners. Live plants can add beauty and filtration, but come with their own set of issues. If you are interested in pursing adding live plants to your system, be sure to

The Fish Lateral Line and Tank Activity

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How does a fish interact with its watery environment? They have many of the same senses as we do: sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing. But, did you know that fish can sense vibrations in the water around them using a special organ called a lateral line? If you look closely at the side of

Why Fish Bowls Are Bad For Fish

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Unfortunately, fish bowls are antiquated technology still for sale on your pet store shelf today. It’s an idealized image handed down from Disney movies in our childhoods. Who doesn’t like the cozy image of a happy fish swimming around its bowl? Sorry to tell you that fish bowls are awful for fish. Fish kept as

Effects of Water Changes on Fish

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Most fish kept as pets are maintained in artificial systems; tanks and ponds meant to replicate their “wild” environment, and require regular water changes to keep their environment healthy. In a “wild” environment, water flushes into and out of a system through streams, rivers, brooks, rain or the ocean. In an artificial tank or pond,

How Many Fish Per Gallon?

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One of the most important factors that comes into keeping fish in tanks or ponds is how many fish you can get away with keeping in one system. The tried and true rule of how many fish per gallon is: 1″ of fish per gallon of water.  Well, that’s great and all, but have you

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