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Choosing an Aquarium Filter – Quick guide

Choosing an Aquarium Filter

For new aquarists, choosing an external filter can be a minefield.

Which is the best brand?

What size do I need?

How many litres per hour should I be looking for?

There are a whole host of questions such as the above that are often asked, so in this article, we’re going to answer them and help you on your way to choosing the perfect filter for your setup and budget.

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Fluval Bug Bites review

Fluval Bug Bites

Fluval Bug Bites have been around for a while now and have become a very popular food source amongst fish keepers. 

Bug Bites are created from Black Soldier fly larvae and other ingredients, to produce a nutrient-rich, easily digestible food for our fish.

It makes a lot of sense to create fish food from bugs as, in the wild, bugs would make up a good proportion of most fish’ diet. 

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Aquarium Nitrate

Aquarium Nitrate

Nitrates are, for most aquariums, the last stage of the Nitrogen cycle. A healthy aquarium usually builds nitrates up quite quickly and is one of the reasons that we conduct regular maintenance and water changes.

So aquarium nitrates are certainly worth talking about.

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Aquarium Cycling – An easy and complete guide

Aquarium Cycling

If you’re new to fish keeping, you have no doubt heard the term ‘Aquarium Cycling’ or something similar and you’re probably either already confused or you’re trying to learn what that means.

This article will cover every base of aquarium cycling in an easy to follow step-by-step manner, so by the time you have finished reading this, it will all make perfect sense……hopefully!

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How to culture Vinegar Eels – Fry food!

Vinegar Eels – Fry Food

How to feed fish fry is a common concern for aquarists, particularly if you haven’t bred fish before. 

With the fry of many species being so tiny, they can be difficult to feed, especially as their natural instinct does not tell them that flakes and pellets are food.

So what do we feed them?

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What Rock can I put in my Aquarium? – Aquarium Rock quick guide

What Rock can I put in my Aquarium?

As an aquarist, I have always been aware that certain Rocks should not be put in the aquarium. I’ve seen loads of rocks in local rivers that would have looked great in my tank, but I have always avoided them as I am no rock expert and would be unable to identify exactly what they were. 

Many aquarists have thought this for years and you will regularly see lists of rock that are deadly to your aquarium fish. This is why many aquarists spend a fortune on rocks from aquarium shops as that rock is deemed ‘safe’.

But this week I got into a conversation on this with someone much smarter than I am and was slightly more educated on the topic. So now I’m passing this knowledge to you:

“Almost all Rocks are safe for the aquarium”.

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Amatitlania Myrnae – The Topaz Cichlid – An endangered Cichlid

Topaz Cichlids are quite rare in the hobby and these are the first group I have seen on offer in a local shop, so needless to say, I snapped them up. 

Cryptoheros Myrnae originates in Costa Rica and Panama in the rivers of the Atlantic slope. In the wild, they are listed as endangered and are on the IUCN Red List. This may well be a reason for their rarity in the trade. 

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Epistylis – Fish illness

Epistylis – Fish illness

Epistylis is a disease commonly found in aquarium fish. In many cases, it can easily be confused with White spot/Ich, or as a fungus, due to the visual effect it creates on the fish. 

Epistylis is just as common in the aquarium as White spot and it most commonly occurs in new aquariums. But Epistylis is more deadly than White spot is. 

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Salt in the Aquarium – is it necessary?

Salt in the Aquarium

I have seen a lot of cases recently of advice being given to add Salt to Freshwater Aquariums. This has been given for various reasons, including as a remedy for illness.

But it seems that some fishkeepers are adding Salt to healthy freshwater Aquariums.

Why?

Aquarium Salt is often found for sale in Aquarium stores, and it is ultimately no different to the Salt you use on your dinner.

But Freshwater fish are not accustomed to Salt, in fact, in Freshwater rivers, there is very little to no Salt content at all. This means that many freshwater fish do not tolerate Salt in the Aquarium.

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The best beginner Cichlid? – The Convict Cichlid

The Convict Cichlid

The Convict Cichlid is often described as the best starter Cichlid in the hobby. 

There are loads of reasons why this is the case, they are robust, adaptable, and downright amusing most of the time. 

Convicts are small, easy to keep, easy to feed and they are readily available in shops. It’s very rare to walk around an aquarium shop without seeing a convict or two.

Aquarium water change

Aquarium water changes – How much? How often?

Aquarium water changes

Aquarium water changes are vital to keeping a healthy aquarium and a very common question amongst new aquarists is, how often do I do a water change, and how much?

Unless you are lucky enough to have a tropical river running through your home, there is no escaping water changes if you want to keep a happy, healthy aquarium. 

So in this article, I am going to cover the ins and outs of water changes, so that by the end of this you will understand why water changes are necessary and how to work out when you need to do them.

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The best Aquarium Water conditioner? – Quantum Freshwater UK

The best aquarium water conditioner

A common question amongst aquarists is, what is the best aquarium water conditioner? 

A water conditioner is an essential part of keeping fish and there are loads on the market, but which one is the best?

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Aquarium heaters – The basics by Mr Brightfryed

Aquarium heaters – The basics

For those of you who have kept aquariums for a while. You will no doubt know enough about heaters.

But for those who are brand new to Tropical fish, you may have a few (or many) questions about them. 

A little knowledge behind heaters is always useful, certainly if you’re just starting out.

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DIY Python aquarium hose – Easy water changes without forking out!

DIY Python aquarium hose

Most aquarists with a larger aquarium(s) will have come across the Python water change hose system. This kit is great and it certainly saves a lot of the work of lifting buckets around. Plus it saves time too.

This bit of kit is a great idea, and I have considered buying one a few times, but never have.

The reason I haven’t bought on is that I use a similar system that cost a lot less than a Python aquarium hose does.

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Running a Fish room the cheaper way – by Andy Woods

Running a Fish room

Running a Fish room is a dream for most aquarists. With this being such an addictive hobby, it can easily go from getting your first tank to having multiple tank syndrome very quickly.

The issue is that this hobby isn’t the cheapest. With external filters costing 100’s of pounds alone, there are running costs to consider too.

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JBL Cristal Profi e1902 filter Review – New top contender?

JBL Cristal Profi e1902 Review

For a while now I have been planning a filter upgrade. My main tank has been running on a Fluval FX5 for some time and it’s getting on a bit now.

The FX5 has done a great job, but its certainly time to modernise the filtration a little.

The natural choice would have been to get a new FX6, but I wanted to move away from these filters for a couple of reasons:

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All Pond Solutions WM-6000 – Wavemaker review

All Pond Solutions WM-6000 review – The power of this WM-6000 is perfect for my 5-foot aquarium and the flow of water is spot on to provide plenty of circulation, keeping my tank clean and the inhabitants happy.

I have tried it with and without the additional flow attachments. The attachments allow the wavemaker to produce a narrower flow of water. This means that the flow can be directed more precisely, rather than the wider stream produced without them. 

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Aquarium filter setup – for efficient filtration

Aquarium filter setup

Filter setup can seem relatively straight forward, with many filters arriving with pre-installed media. You may also think that as long as each type of media is somewhere in the filter, it will do its job. You would be right. But there are ways to make it far more effective.

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Northfin Jumbo – Quality fish food for larger fish!

Northfin Fish food

As a keeper of Cichlids, I have been familiar with Northfin foods for a while.

As a Fishkeeping enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for high-quality foods that contain what is best for my fish.

Northfin delivers this. They produce high-quality fish foods that are easily digested and provide all the nutrition that your fish need. On top of this, they are packed with natural colour enhancing ingredients to keep your fish looking at their best. 

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Aquarium air pumps – do you need one?

Aquarium air pumps – There is a common misconception that this air is adding oxygen to the water, it is, but not as it’s flowing upwards. 

Gas exchange takes place at the surface of the water, so as the bubbles hit the surface and pop, it creates surface agitation. This adds oxygen to the water, and that is great for your fish. 

Oxygen in the aquarium is vital, despite living underwater, fish need oxygen.

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Nicrew LED review – Budget aquarium lighting

Nicrew LED lights – If you are looking for a new LED light for your aquarium, you have no doubt come across options from Nicrew. Nicrew have a range of LED’s available for aquariums of all sizes that are budget-friendly.

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Dealing with an Ammonia spike – Kaveman Aquatics

Ammonia Spike – There are many reasons why an ammonia spike can occur in your aquarium. One of the most common is that the tank is new and has not been cycled (If you have a newly setup aquarium and arent sure about cycling, give our short book a try, FREE on kindle). 

Whatever the reason for the ammonia spike, it needs to be dealt with quickly. Ammonia is highly toxic, so it won’t be long until you find you have very ill or dead fish. 

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Maintaining aquarium plants – easy guide from Tropica

A video guide on maintaining aquarium plants from the experts at Tropica

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Free fish food! – Feeding fish for free from nature – (2 videos)

Free fish food from nature – 2 videos from Marks aquatics and Mr Andy Woods on how you can cut feeding costs for your aquatic friends

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Tannins in the aquarium- The advantages of blackwater

The advantages of Tannins in the aquarium – the blackwater effect.

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Feeding Fish Fry – with Mr Brightfryed!

A review of the JBL brine shrimp hatchery and quick guide to feeding fish fry.

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Treating pH shock in Fish

A guide to identifying and treating pH shock in fish.

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Keeping African Cichlids – Top 10 tips from KaveMan Aquatics

KaveMan Aquatics top 10 tips for keeping African Cichlids.

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Seachem Purigen – The Best Filter Media?

a review of Seachem Purigen – possibly the best filter media.

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API Master test kit – Guide from KaveMan Aquatics

A video guide to using the API Master Test kit by KaveMan Aquatics.

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Attaching Moss to Wood – Quick and easy!

A quick guide with a video tutorial on attaching moss to decorative wood or rock in the aquarium.

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Crystal clear aquarium water – top 3 tips from KaveMan Aquatics

Top 3 tips from KaveMan Aquatics on how to get crystal clear aquarium water.

Sponge filter

Sponge filters – Bonus bio filtration!

Sponge filters – Bonus Bio filtration!

DIY inline aquarium heater

How to make a powerful DIY inline aquarium Heater

How to make a DIY inline aquarium heater

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How to breed Kribensis – by Marks Aquatics (16 min video)

A video guide on how to breed Kribensis cichlids.

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Hybrid Fish (Cichlids)

A short guide to hybrid fish (Cichlids).

Feeding Monster Cichlids

Feeding Monster Cichlids – with Andy Woods

A video from Mr Andy Wodds on feeding monster cichlids.

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Aquarium maintenance – a quick guide to aquarium cleaning

A guide to regular aquarium maintenance.

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!!CLOSED!! – Competition time – Enter to win a set of Eheim products: RRP £80+!

Competition time – Enter to win an Eheim filter, heater and air pump!

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How-to: Breeding Goldfish – Marks aquatics ultimate guide

A video guide to breeding Goldfish from Marks aquatics

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Dropsy in fish – Fish Illness

A guide to Dropsy in fish.

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Nano aquariums and “Jarariums”

A short guide to Nano aquariums and Jarariums.

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RJD Fish tanks – Dry start 1-week update

A 1-week update on the dry start carpet from RJD Fish Tanks

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White spot/Ich – Fish illness

Fish Illness/Disease: White spot, also know as Ich.

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Betta tank setup

Betta tank setup guide with demo video from Regis aquatics.

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Eheim pickup – an internal with a difference

A review of the Eheim pickup series of internal filters.

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Breeding Neon Tetra – 4 videos from Mark’s Aquatics

A video guide to breeding Neon Tetra

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Dry start method – Carpeting plants – a 6 min video by RJD Fish Tanks

A 6-minute video from RJD Fish Tanks on the dry start method.

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Aquarium vinyl backing fitting – how-to by RJD Fish Tanks

Aquarium vinyl backing fitting – how-to by RJD Fish Tanks

Tropical aquarium plants

Cherry Shrimp – care guide

Cherry Shrimp care guide – an introduction to Cherry Shrimp in the aquarium.

Snails

Ramshorn Snail – Care guide

Ramshorn snail – care guide. A short guide to Ramshorn snails in the aquarium

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5 popular Freshwater Sharks

A short guide to Freshwater sharks.

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A quick guide to Pleco’s

A quick guide to Pleco’s

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Eheim Thermocontrol heater review

A review of the Eheim Thermocontrol heater range for fresh and saltwater aquariums.

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Top 5 Goldfish Myths

Top 5 Goldfish myths – debunked

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Fishkeeping and positive mental health

Fishkeeping and mental health – can fish improve your mood?

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The Importance of Aquarium Size

The importance of aquarium size – by seriously fishy

Angelfish guides

Breeding Angelfish

A short guide to breeding Angelfish

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Live Plants in The Aquarium (The Basics)

Beginners guide to adding live plants to your aquarium

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Top 3 external aquarium filters

Top 3 external filters for your home aquarium

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The 5 Secrets to Crystal Clear Aquarium Water

The secret to crystal clear aquarium water

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Betta Thermal Compact Heater – Review

A review on Betta Thermal Compact heater (200 W)

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Best Algae Eaters

A short guide to the best algae eaters for your tropical aquarium

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Aquarium Algae Infestations

A guide on defeating aquarium algae

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A guide to buying a used Aquarium

A guide to buying a used aquarium.

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Breeding Aggressive Fish

Hints and tips for breeding aggressive fish

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Seriously Fishy is open!!

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Angelfish guides

Setting up your first Aquarium

Seriously Fishy’s guide to shopping for your first tropical aquarium.

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How Can I Speed up Aquarium Cycling?

A quick guide to speeding up aquarium cycling

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The Community Tank

A few thoughts to consider before starting a community aquarium

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Filtration and Filter Placement

Aquarium filtration and filter media

Build a Nano Aquascape Starting Guide for Beginners

Build a Nano Aquascape – Starting Guide for Beginners

Green Aqua guide you step-by-step in how to build a nice nano aquascape. Aquarium setup from hardscape selection, through substrates and plant selection to the actual planting.

Aquascape Tutorial Step by Step 90cm Planted Aquarium

Aquascape Tutorial Step by Step 90cm Planted Aquarium

This video walks you through the build process from start to finish, showing you what products and plants we have used, and how to layout hardscape and plants to create an attractive design.

How To Grow Aquatic Plants in Aquarium

How To Grow Aquatic Plants in Aquarium | Amazing DIY Aquascape

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Water Chemistry

The Importance of Water Chemistry – Aquarium water testing

Water Testing – Checking Water Chemistry

Water chemistry is a key factor in keeping a healthy aquarium. I’ve seen many new starters looking for help online with aquarium issues over the years, only for them to then state that they don’t own a water testing set.  If you’re new to aquariums then I can tell you that a testing kit is essential, never more so than at the start.

Even as an experienced aquarist with very mature aquariums, I still like to have a test kit handy for the occasional check.  If for any reason you are unable to acquire a testing kit, any good aquarium shops will be happy to test your water for you, sometimes for a small fee, but if you’re lucky for free.

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Herichthys Cichlids

Herichthys Cichlids (Texas and Carpintis) identification and comparison with video from Mr Andy Woods.

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Feeding American Cichlids

Top foods for American CA Cichlids in a Tropical Aquarium

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Aquarium Shops – UK

A short rant about some recent blunders of chain aquarium shops

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Welcome to Seriously Fishy – The aquarium forum and blog for all!

A short welcome to Seriously Fishy – Aquarium forum and blog for all.

Fish Tank Guides

Choosing an Aquarium Filter – Quick guide

Choosing an Aquarium Filter For new aquarists, choosing an external filter can be a minefield. Which is the best brand? What size do I need? How man...

Fluval Bug Bites review

Fluval Bug Bites Fluval Bug Bites have been around for a while now and have become a very popular food source amongst fish keepers.  Bug Bites are created...

How to Guides

Aquarium Cycling – An easy and complete guide

Aquarium Cycling If you're new to fish keeping, you have no doubt heard the term 'Aquarium Cycling' or something similar and you're probably either already c...

How to culture Vinegar Eels – Fry food!

Vinegar Eels - Fry Food How to feed fish fry is a common concern for aquarists, particularly if you haven't bred fish before.  With the fry of many specie...

What Rock can I put in my Aquarium? – Aquarium Rock quick guide

What Rock can I put in my Aquarium? As an aquarist, I have always been aware that certain Rocks should not be put in the aquarium. I've seen loads of rocks i...

Aquarium water changes – How much? How often?

Aquarium water changes Aquarium water changes are vital to keeping a healthy aquarium and a very common question amongst new aquarists is, how often do I do ...

Aquarium heaters – The basics by Mr Brightfryed

Aquarium heaters - The basics For those of you who have kept aquariums for a while. You will no doubt know enough about heaters. But for those who are bra...

DIY Python aquarium hose – Easy water changes without forking out!

DIY Python aquarium hose Most aquarists with a larger aquarium(s) will have come across the Python water change hose system. This kit is great and it certain...

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