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Where Should a Filter be Placed in a Fish Tank?

  It depends on what type of filter do you have and what size is your tank? Typically a power hang-on-the-back filter will go on the back of the tank and you hang it on the back with the intake tube submerged in the fish tank. You’ll want to place it as close to the heater as possible to get …

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How To Remove Algae From Fish Tank Decorations

  The fastest way to remove algae from a fish tank decoration is to remove the decoration, spray hydrogen peroxide on it and let it sit for 5 minutes, brush it off with a sink scrubber or fish tank scrubber, rinse and return it to the fish tank. Make sure to use a water conditioner in your fish tank after …

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What is The Purpose of Substrate in an Aquarium?

  The substrate you use for your freshwater aquarium plays an important role in the overall biological cycle. Beneficial bacteria will eventually grow on the substrate helping to break down the waste in the fish tank. Substrate is also very useful for anchoring live plants and other decorations in the aquarium. Is it necessary to have substrate? It’s not totally …

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Tropical Fish That Can Live Together

  I want to make sure that the fish I put in my tank will not attack each other so I did some homework and came up with a guide to compatible fish. Tropical fish will come in three general categories. Docile, placid fish are also known as community fish, semi-aggressive fish, and aggressive fish. At first, a beginner should …

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Aquarium Filter Media: It’s Not As Difficult As You Think

  I often get the question what is media for in fish tank filtration? In a typical filtration system, there are three different types of filters; mechanical for filtering out particles, chemical for filtering out chemicals and biological for absorbing the ammonia and nitrites caused by fish and other waste. There are different media or filters for each stage in …

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7 Changes That Make a Big Difference in Your Fish Tank

Water Changes Water changes are vital for maintaining the vitality and health of your aquarium. It helps to maintain the health and growth of your fish, encourages breeding behavior, and removes organic waste. Now, there are different factors that come into play when determining how much and when you should change the water. Good filtration goes a long way in …

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72 Hours To Improving Your Cloudy Fish Tank

  Cloudy water is typically caused by a bacteria bloom. Usually, if you do too much maintenance on the tank, if you clean the filter, do a big water change, gravel clean, you’re going to be upsetting the balance of the aquarium. Bacteria is going to take to the water column and start scavenging waste out of the water right …

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Your In-Depth Guide To Fish Tank Heaters

  I know I need to get a heater for my tank but which kind do I get and how big should it be? Fish tank heaters are important to keep the temperature of the water warm enough for the particular species of fish you have in your aquarium. If the water gets too cold, your fish’s metabolism system slows …

Cleaning Your Fish Tank With Vinegar – Can You Use It?

  Is distilled white vinegar safe to use to clean your fish tank? Distilled White Vinegar is very safe and effective to use for cleaning your aquarium glass stains and hard water deposits. It is mildly acidic and won’t be harmful to fish. The reason it’s effective is that it contains acetic acid, a mild acid that breaks down the …

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How to Fix a Noisy Fish Tank Filter

  You have a loud fish tank filter that’s driving you nuts! What if you could take that loud filter and make it quiet as an electric car? Firstly though, if you have a newer filter, it may be a bit noisy at first but give it some time to build up enough material inside the filter to quiet it …