• 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’...
  • Limnophila sessiliflora

    April 24, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Overview  Limnophila sessiliflora is a hardy, adaptable and undemanding plant from South-East Asia and is naturally found in slow moving blackwater and clearwater habitats with soft, acid water and low...
  • Dwarf Hygro (Hygrophila polysperma)

    January 9, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Hygrophila polysperma, also known as dwarf hygro and Indian waterweed, originates in South-East Asia (India, China and Malaysia) and is one of the hardiest aquarium plants available. This plant will...


  • 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...
  • Non-CO2 Methods

    April 22, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Most of the information on the web concerning planted tanks and aqua-scaping is focused on CO2 enrichment methods. However, the addition of CO2 is not the only way to achieve...
  • Fish Food: DO’s and DON’T’s

    April 3, 2017 0 comment(s)
    Providing your fish with adequate nutrition is vital to maintaining your fish’s health and vitality. There are many different types and brands of fish food on the market. Types of...

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...