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Fish Tank Heaters – Are They Safe?

Don’t let this happen to you! Fish tank heaters are safe if you take the proper precautions. Make sure to unplug the heater 30 minutes prior to changing the water or cleaning the tank. If the water level gets too low with the heater running, you run the risk of cracking the glass casing which could electrocute you and the …

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HOB Power Filter Showdown: Marineland vs Aquaclear vs Fluval

  Today I’m going to compare three very popular brands of Hang-on-the-Back (HOB) Power filters for your fish tank. We’ll look at reliability, performance, ease of use, quietness, and other features for each brand. MARINELAND PENGUIN SERIES Penguin 100: 100 GPH, Up to 20 Gallon Tank, $14 Penguin 150: 150 GPH, Up to 30 Gallon Tank, $18 Penguin 200: 200 …

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Fish Tank Filters: Power vs Canister – Which is BEST?

  In the world of fishkeeping there are really only two main types of fish tank filtration that people use: power or ‘hang on the back’ filters and canister filters. Sure some advanced aquarists and reefers use sumps and protein skimmers, and there are the old ‘under-the-gravel’ filters and sponge filters, but the vast majority either use a power filter …

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SNAILS That Clean Your Fish Tank: Do You Want Them?

  Yes, many people that keep tropical fish use snails to keep their fish tank nice and clean. They are many popular species of snails that eat algae and other waste products in your aquarium. Snails are a nice addition to your fish tank that can help you manage your tank, but should not be the whole solution. You still …

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How Much Does It COST To Set Up Your First Freshwater Fish Tank?

  As a beginner, you’re probably wondering how much is going to cost me to set up and run an Aquarium? The cost can range quite a bit anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand dollars depending on how sophisticated of a setup you want. Now as a beginner you probably want to start off small …

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How To TEST Your Aquarium Water

  Testing your aquarium water is one of the most important things you can do. the problem is knowing what to test for and what levels of toxins are acceptable. If you’re struggling with testing your aquarium water, I’ve created a guide below to help you out. The three main things you need to test for are ammonia, nitrite, and …

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How To CYCLE Your Fish Tank Like A Pro

  So I just bought this fish tank and I was wondering how do I cycle it so that my fish will have a safe environment to live in? Luckily, I found an easy way to do it and I want to share that with you in this blog post. The first thing you want to do is get it …

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Top 5 Aquarium Plants For Beginners

  Getting good healthy plants in your aquarium is crucial for a healthy fish tank. If you’re just starting out with the hobby, you should go with easier plants that don’t require a lot of care to thrive. So to start off the bat I think if you’ve done any research at all you know that Anubias are very, very …

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12 Steps to Setting Up The Perfect Fish Tank

  You want to get into the aquarium hobby but you’re not sure where to start? These 12 steps should get you going in the right direction at least for now. It’s not as easy as going out and buying a tank, filling it with water and throwing some fish in. You could do that I suppose but your fish …

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10 Great Tropical Fish For Beginners

  Hey guys today it’s all about the top 10 fish for beginners. Now let’s start off by saying that this is not a ranking. I’m going through 10 different basic fish that I feel are great for beginners because they have attributes that make them easy to keep, benefit your tank and they’re just a great way to get …