• Managing Cichlid Behaviour

    September 18, 2017 0 comment(s)
    There are many reasons why cichlids have remained a staple of the aquarium hobby. Their large size, animated behaviour and the relative abundance of a variety of colours, shapes and...
  • Chocolate Gourami’s: Challenge Accepted

    September 11, 2017 0 comment(s)
    As a longstanding member of the aquarium hobby, I am not one to take joy in keeping that which everyone else does. Neither am I prone to taking the ‘easy-way-out’....
  • Harleqin rasbora

    September 4, 2017 0 comment(s)
    The Harlequin (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) has been a long-standing favourite in the aquarium hobby. Their popularity is derived from their ability to tolerate a wide range of water conditions, combined with...


  • Bacopa caroliniana: An Easy Aquarium Stem Plant

    August 28, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Bacopa caroliniana is a common and popular aquarium plant the world round. This plant remains a staple of the aquarium hobby due to it being undemanding in almost every way....
  • Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

    June 12, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Overview Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is a commonly available aquarium plant which has been in the hobby for many years. This plant is native to Brazil, where it is found growing along...
  • Allelopathy in the Aquarium

    May 29, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Allelopathy is a biological phenomenon by which an organism produces chemicals and/or toxins that influence the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other organisms (generally in plants). Allelopathy in the...


  • How to: Setting Up a ‘Dirted’ Tank

    August 14, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Dedicated aquatic plant hobbyists have always searched for new and improved ways of maintaining vibrant freshwater flora. While the so-called, ‘dirted tank’ method is far from new, it continues to...
  • Aquatic Snails: Good or Bad?

    August 7, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Aquatic snails are often regarded as pests and many hobbyists go to significant lengths to prevent snails entering their aquarium. However, this reputation is misplaced, as most aquatic snails do...
  • Water Changes: Everything You NEED to Know

    July 31, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Water changes are an essential part of any well maintained aquarium, as they help maintain tank stability. The frequency and amount of water changed is something that every hobbyist is...

Tank Watch

  • Phosphate and Nitrogen in Planted Aquaria

    May 15, 2017 0 comment(s)
    A few weeks ago, I published an article entitled ‘Nitrogen and Potassium Absorption’ in which I explained the situation in the 175 litre aquarium regarding the Cyanobacteria growing within. In...
  • Nitrogen and Potassium Absorption

    March 12, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Overview A few weeks ago, I posted an article entitled Cyanobacteria and Nitrogen Deficiency, in which I explained the current situation in the 175 litre aquarium. At the end of...
  • Cyanobacteria and Nitrogen Deficiency

    February 21, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Background  The 175 litre Chocolate Gourami tank has been plagued by cyanobacteria for at least three months now. I have manually removed the algae on numerous occasions, only to have...


  • Review: Hydra Internal Power Filter

    August 21, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Background The Hydra Internal Power Filter is a unique filter which claims to be an almost miraculous cure to the problem of aquarium maintenance. Upon reading the information on the...
  • Aqua One: Aquis 500 Review

    July 24, 2017 0 comment(s)
    The Aqua One Aquis 500 is a canister filter designed for a 100 litre aquarium. This filter is currently running on my 175 litre aquarium. Before purchasing this filter, I...
  • Treating Ich: Tri-Sulfa Medication

    July 10, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Over the past week I have been treating an outbreak of ich (Ichthyophthirius multifiliis) in the 175 litre aquarium. The ich was introduced to the tank after I purchased a...