• Tip: Treating Internal Parasites the Easy Way

    January 8, 2018 0 comment(s)
    The Problem  Keep fish for long enough and you are bound to come across an internal parasite infection in one of your aquariums. Internal parasites infect almost all fish species...
  • Tip: Feeding Fish While on Holiday

    November 27, 2017 0 comment(s)
    A Common Problem… A common problem encountered by hobbyists is how to feed their fish while they are away on holidays. There are many solutions to this problem, including; getting...
  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Eliminating Nitrate Completely – Denitrification

    January 22, 2018 0 comment(s)
    While most filtration systems are able to remove ammonia and nitrite from aquarium water, nitrate begins to build up without frequent water changes. However, there is a way of removing...
  • Quarantining New Arrivals – The Missing Link

    January 15, 2018 0 comment(s)
    Quarantining new fish before adding them to established aquariums is a concept which is widely accepted as general practice among experienced hobbyists, however, the majority of fish keepers neglect to...
  • Heaters – bigger is NOT better

    December 4, 2017 0 comment(s)
    While most people would purchase a heater suited to the size of their aquarium, others choose to purchase larger heaters, reasoning that the heater will last longer. While a larger...

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 01 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...