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Shirlie Sharpe

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By Shirlie Sharpe

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How Many Bettas can be Kept Together? Created: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Compatibility is important when choosing fish for your aquarium. Some species, such as the Betta, aren't even compatible with their own kind.
    • Cyanobacteria - Blue-Green Algae Created: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Cyanobacteria is a common, but difficult to manage, aquarium problem. Here is how to identify and cope with Cyanobacteria, also known as Blue-Green Algae or Slime Algae.
    • Aquarium Plants - Real or Artificial? Created: Sunday, May 11, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Which plant is better for your freshwater aquarium, real or artificial ones? Here are the pros and cons of real versus artificial aquarium plants.
    • Stocking Your Aquarium Evenly Created: Sunday, February 29, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The level the fish prefer to swim in is often missed when setting up a community aquarium. If you select fish that prefer different levels, the aquarium be more attractive and your fish will not ...
    • Aquarium Water Testing Created: Saturday, November 22, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Aquarium water testing is a critical part of fishkeeping, yet is universally overlooked. Often the reason is due to the fact that the fish owner is unaware that testing their aquarium water is necessary, or what to test for. This feature covers all the basics of aquarium water testing, and explains when you should test your water.
    • White Residue on Aquarium Glass Created: Monday, November 07, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      White residue on aquarium glass and equipment is an annoying fact of life. Here's an inexpensive and simple way to remove it.
    • Water Changes Created: Sunday, August 12, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Water changes are the cornerstone of a healthy aquarium. Like it or not, they need to be done. Here's why you should perform them, and tips for making it an easier task." !--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -...
    • How To Wash Gravel For an Aquarium Created: Thursday, April 20, 2000 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Simple steps for how to safely wash your aquarium gravel.
    • How to Fix Cloudy Water in a New Tank Created: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Cloudy water can be both frustrating and baffling. Here are ways to deal with cloudy water in a new aquarium.
    • Dwarf Gourami Created: Saturday, December 06, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A profile of the Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia), including habitat, care, feeding, and breeding.
    • Silver Dollar Created: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A profile of the aquarium fish known as the Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus)
    • Breeding Tetras Created: Monday, April 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Tetras are a popular schooling fish. This forum discussion talks about various species of Tetras, and which would be ideal for breeding.
    • High Aquarium Water pH Created: Monday, April 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Struggling with aquarium water pH that is too high? This forum discussion addresses how to best address that issue.
    • Color Enhancing Fish Foods Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      The top color enhancing food picks for your fish
    • Multiple Water Changes Created: Friday, April 18, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Water changes are important for the well being of your aquarium fish. But is it possible to do too many water changes?
    • Which Live Plants are Good for Angelfish? Created: Monday, November 17, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      If you have a passion for Angelfish as well as live plants, you may have wondered which types of plants make the best habitat for Angels. Plant expert Don Matakis shares his expertise and offers su...
    • What is Old Tank Syndrome? Created: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      What is old tank syndrome? Is it when the tank wears out, or equipment becomes out of date? Old tank syndrome refers to more than just the age of the tank, as this article will explain.
    • Glow In The Dark Fish Created: Monday, December 29, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Banned by some, coveted by others, glow in the dark fish are the latest in long line of altered fish. The debate is hot and heavy over the sales of genetically altered pets. What do you think about...
    • Death By Dyeing Created: Monday, June 30, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Not all brightly colored fish come by their colors naturally. Do you know if your fish has been painted or dyed? Before you make a purchase, you should know what you are getting."
    • How to Combat the Aquarium Pest Hydra Created: Saturday, November 13, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Hydra is a soft-bodied freshwater polyp that sometimes is sometimes accidentally introduced to freshwater aquariums. Here's how to get rid of them.
    • Goldfish Foods Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Goldfish have a unique digestive tract that requires specialized food to ensure proper digestion and optimum health. Compare top food brands.
    • Air Pump Placement Created: Monday, March 25, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Air pumps are a common freshwater aquarium accessory, but many owners don't know where they should be placed. There are some good places and some to avoid.
    • Common Names Beginning With B (page 1) Created: Sunday, December 07, 2003 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Learning scientific names of fish can be daunting, so we all tend to use common names. However, if you wish to do research on your fish, knowing the scientific name is invaluable. Here is a handy l...
    • Parasites Created: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      New aquarium owners have enough issue to deal with, then some also are faced with parasites. Here are some tips for dealing with parasites in a new tank.
    • Chronically Dying Fish Created: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      It can be both discouraging to lose new fish, then replace them, only to have the replacement fish also die. Learn why you may be losing fish for no apparent reason.
    • Top Power Filters Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      More power filters are sold than any other type of aquarium filter; they're easy to set up, reasonably priced and have a wealth of optional features.
    • Livebearing Fish Created: Friday, December 26, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Livebearers are some of the most popular fish in the aquarium trade, prized for their hardiness, adaptivity to many habitats, and attractive coloration." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • Speeding Up the Aquarium Cycle Created: Saturday, January 26, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Starting a new aquarium can be challenging and time-consuming because of the chemistry involved, but these tips can help you speed up the cycle." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
    • Brown Algae Created: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      Aquarium algae is one of the most frustrating problems to deal with. Here is how to identify and cope with brown algae.
    • Nitrates in the Aquarium Created: Monday, November 01, 2004 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      The significance of nitrates in the aquarium are arguably less understood by fishkeepers than the effect of ammonia and nitrites. Although nitrates are not directly lethal in the way ammonia or ni...
    • Dwarf Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma Created: Saturday, November 19, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      If you have not kept live plants, and want to try it, or if you have killed all your previous plants, Dwarf Hygro may be the perfect plant for you. Hailed as the ideal choice for a newly set up aquarium, this plant thrives on the excess nutrients in the water. Dwarf Hygro also does well in a variety of water conditions, making it a great choice for those who don't have perfect water
    • First Planted Tank Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Thinking of trying your hand at a live planted tank? Get some tips from this forum discussion between live plant owners.

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