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Right Fish for You? – Top Aquarium Tip #4

PROBLEM: Many people go to the pet store and just start picking out fish for their new tank like an interior decorator picks out new furniture for a mansion. Often the only criteria is what looks good; i.e. the most colorful fish or the most impressive. Occasionally, their checkbook makes the decisions and only the cheap fish are selected. While there is nothing wrong with desiring the nicest-looking fish for your aquarium, or simply being economical, there is often very little thought given to the long term “big picture.” Can your tank really hold that many fish? Will that fish outgrow the...
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Do You Know Jack?

This week, we adopted a new fish for our aquarium: a half-grown Jack Dempsey cichlid (pronounced “sick-lid”). This 6-inch bruiser was previously in a larger tank where he was harassing an assortment of goldfish and koi. Now he has a tank all to himself, where he won’t have to share the space with any other fish. While this may seem mean to some, this is actually typical behavior for Jack Dempseys and most other fish in the cichlid family. These fish are territorial by nature, and will actively defend their living space against all other fish. In fact, that is how this particular species got its...
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Top Tip for Keeping Aquariums Clean #3

Perform Routine Water Changes! PROBLEM: For some reason I cannot fathom, people just do not want to stick their hands in their fish tank! Now yeah, I admit that this is the water that your fish do their “business,” but seriously, it’s not as if you cannot wash your hands afterward. There is this wonderful invention called soap! But anyway, doing water changes very infrequently (or never!) is a one of the most common causes for having a filthy aquarium. ISSUES: No matter how effective and superior the filter is, the quality of the water in your aquarium will still gradually decrease...
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Top Tip for Keeping Aquariums Clean #2

Don’t Leave Your Aquarium Light on Too Much! THE PROBLEM: In my last Aquarium Blog, I covered the issue of over-feeding your fish and the effects it has on your aquarium. Today, I want to discuss another very common cause for dirty fish tanks, especially green water and algae growth: leaving the aquarium lights on for more than 8 hours a day, and sometimes indefinitely. Whenever someone has approached me complaining that they have always have algae growing all over their aquarium, and it’s a constant battle cleaning it, my first question is “How often is your light on?” On many...
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Top Tip for Keeping Aquariums Clean #1

Don’t Over-Feed Your Fish! THE PROBLEM: In my experience working in pet stores, this is one of the most common culprits of a dirty fish tank. Many aquarium keepers love to watch their fish eat, and often will offer food several times a day to see their little wet pets swim up to the surface to gobble up their meal. This problem is further exacerbated because many fish food companies list right on the packaging to feed your fish at least 2-3 times a day! THE ISSUES: Fish naturally eat very infrequently, and in their wild environment, it is their instinct to eat food whenever it is available because...
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