Lighting is one of the most important details for a planted aquarium. You have to form a balance between the intensity of the light, the duration of the light, and the availability of nutrients. Get the balance wrong, and you’ll find yourself with an algae farm on your hands. Continue reading
In my previous article I discussed in an easy to understand high level on how plants are helpful and why you should have them in any aquarium. In this article, I’m going to talk about the different substrate choices there are. I will talk about gravel, sand, enriched substrates, and soil. Continue reading
If you are reading this article you must be interested in having live plants in your aquarium but are not quite sure where to start with them. You may not even know if they’re worth it or not. They are. Live plants are the holy grail of aquariums. They are simply the very best thing you can add to an aquarium to make everything better for your fish. Yes, they are that good! The first question you may ask is why are they so important. Continue reading
I’m in the process of writing up a review of my new API Filstar XPL (use to be called Rena XP3) Canister Filter when I thought I could also share how I go about cleaning the thing. This can be helpful for people who have never owned a canister filter and are interested in knowing what is involved in cleaning them. I know for myself I was a bit hesitant in thinking it would be pretty complex compared to the basic HOB (Hang on Back) filters. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking for awhile about putting my electrical engineering skills to bear on making a completely ridiculous over the top gadget for the aquarium that is in no way necessary or practical, but darn it is still awesome!
So what do I have in mind?