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Freshwater Aquariums January 2012 Archive

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Heater Placement Tips

Tuesday January 31, 2012
Is one spot better than another to put the aquarium heater? It's a simple enough question, but one that often is not published in setup instructions. Here's what you should ... Read More

Betta Photos

Sunday January 29, 2012
Bettas are one of the most beautiful, and understandably one the most popular freshwater aquarium fish. Daniella Vereeken, a former Betta breeder, shared these stunning photos of her Crowntail and ... Read More

Bleeding Heart Tetra

Friday January 27, 2012
Bleeding Heart Tetras are aptly named for the eye-catching heart shaped spot on their chest. Reaching an adult size of almost three inches, this peaceful and easy to care ... Read More

Banish Aquarium Snails

Tuesday January 24, 2012
Snails seem to have a way of magically appearing out of nowhere. Even more mystifying than where they come from is how to get rid of them. Anyone who has ... Read More

Are Nitrates Dangerous?

Sunday January 22, 2012
Fish owners often are educated about the perils of elevated ammonia and nitrites. However, nitrates are usually less understood. Although nitrates are not directly lethal in the way ammonia or ... Read More

Gourami Care and Breeding

Friday January 20, 2012
Gouramis are a hearty popular species of fish that make a great addition to your aquarium. Learn more about Gourami care, preferred tank mates, and aquarium setup. For detailed information ... Read More

Do Fish Qualify as Pets?

Wednesday January 18, 2012
Some say pets are only animals that you can touch and pet, like cats or dogs. What do you think - do your fish qualify as pets? How ... Read More

Goldfish Bowls

Monday January 16, 2012
Many people can remember having a Goldfish bowl at one time or another. Ever wonder if they were the best home for a Goldfish? After all, the bowl is named ... Read More

Chloramine Treated Water

Sunday January 15, 2012
For many years chlorine was the standard treatment for city tap water, and aquarium owners knew they had to treat tap water before using it in their aquarium. In recent ... Read More

Buenos Aires Tetra - Hyphessobrycon anisitsi

Saturday January 14, 2012
A long time favorite among aquarium owners, the Buenoes Aires Tetra isn't seen for sale as often as in the past, due to its tendancy to eat live plants. However, ... Read More

Keeping a School of Fish

Friday January 13, 2012
Schools of fish are not only a pleasure to watch, but for some species are absolutely necessary. Keeping only one fish that prefers to live in a school can be ... Read More

Seeding a New Aquarium

Wednesday January 11, 2012
Seeding an aquarium is a great way to get a new tank off to a quick start. Never heard of it before? Although it's been around for a while, it's ... Read More

Veggies For Your Fish

Monday January 9, 2012
Silver Dollars are one of a number of fish that are primarily vegetarian. But they aren't the only fish that should have their veggies. Almost all fish will benefit from ... Read More

Silver Dollars

Sunday January 8, 2012
The Silver Dollar is unquestionably the perfect name name for this round silvery fish. If you have a community tank, the attractive and peaceful Silver Dollar is worth investing a ... Read More

Shedd Aquarium Offers Free Admission

Friday January 6, 2012
If you live in the Chicago area and haven't visited a public aquarium before, now's the time to change that. The world famous Shedd Aquarium is kicking off the new ... Read More

Zebra Danio

Wednesday January 4, 2012
Looking for a fish that doesn't require a heated tank? If so, the Zebra Danio is an excellent choice. Among the most hardy and active of aquarium fish, they ... Read More

Black Widow Tetra

Monday January 2, 2012
Whether you call it a Black Skirt, Black Widow, or simply the Black Tetra, this peaceful and hardy member of the Tetra family does well in community tanks. Easy to ... Read More

Activated Carbon in the Aquarium

Sunday January 1, 2012
Using activated carbon is one of those perpetually debated topics in the aquarium world. Regardless of which side of the fence you are, there is no denying that activated carbon ... Read More

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