• 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...
  • Kuhli Loaches – A Great Addition to any Aquarium

    July 3, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Kuhli Loaches are by far one of the most comical and unique fish in the aquarium hobby. Despite their relatively large size, reaching 10cm in length, these loaches are completely...
  • Boraras brigittae – Hidden Treasure

    June 26, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Boraras brigittae is a brilliantly coloured fish, with a bright red body and a black/dark green mid lateral stripe and a blotch at the base of the caudal fin. These...


  • 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...
  • Duckweed: A Functional Menace

    May 22, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Duckweed (Lemnoideae) is by far the most controversial plant in the aquarium hobby. It is considered by many to be a pest and has been referred to as the ‘herpes’...


  • Rule of Thirds: Underwater Design

    July 17, 2017 0 comment(s)
    The ‘rule of thirds’ is a crucial principle used, at least to some degree, in almost every aesthetically-pleasing aqua-scape. The ‘rule of thirds’ allows the aquarist to design an aquarium...
  • Dirted Tank: Scott’s Pure Organic Potting Mix

    June 19, 2017 0 comment(s)
    While there is substantial information on the internet about so-called ‘Dirted Tanks’, much of it revolves around the soil sold as, Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix. This is largely due...
  • Nitrogen Uptake by Aquarium Plants

    May 1, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Aquarium plants play a vital role in maintaining the health and stability of aquatic environments. The uptake of nitrogenous compounds by aquarium plants is the reason why heavily planted tanks...

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...