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What Does a Skimmer Do?

Keeping your aquarium’s water in tip-top condition is perhaps the single most important part of keeping fish, corals and plants. A healthy and attractive aquarium needs clean, clear water to make the most of the contents…this means keeping toxic substances out of the water. Ammonia and nitrates are just some of the more common nasties…

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What Can Cause White Spot?

A sighting of the dreaded White Spot on any precious stock causes many a hobbyist’s heart to sink; this common parasitical disease is however very treatable and if caught early, your fish won’t suffer any ill effects from it.

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Live Foods and Your Aquarium

There are plenty of differing advice and opinions to be found regarding feeding aquarium fish live foods and the simple fact is that there is rarely a right or a wrong answer concerning the issues at hand. Most aquarium fish will live a happy and healthy life fed solely on dried foods but on the…

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Aquarium Lighting Q&A's

How Many Hours a Day Should Aquariums be Lit and Which Lights to Choose

This is a question which occurs often and the answer varies only slightly according to what is resident in your tank. Most photosynthetic creatures such as corals and plants have a photoperiod ( the optimum time in which they should be exposed to light) of around 7 to 8 hours and lighting for much longer…

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Delivery of Livestock…is a Heatpack Necessary?

The massive growth of the internet and online shopping has given rise to many more buying options for all kinds of hobbyists including of course, fish keepers! Where once, fish keepers had little choice in terms of where they could access supplies and livestock for their aquariums, today the whole planet is our supermarket. In…

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Get the Levels of Oxygen in Your Aquarium Right

Owning an aquarium can bring a lot of pleasure and it is amazing to see fish and plant life living in harmony together. While many aquarium owners will spend time and money sourcing the most suitable fish and plants, one topic that is often overlooked is the level of oxygen in the aquarium. It is…

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Practical Fishkeeping Review of our Aqualumi Series 2

We are really pleased to share with you all the review of the AquaLumi series 2 that appears in this month’s Practical Fishkeeping magazine’s tried and tested. For anyone that wanted to see what these units are all about then look no further than this, here is an honest and frank account of the PFK…

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Heating Your Aquarium

Heating Your Aquarium Fish are “cold blooded”, meaning that they can’t maintain their body temperature, and therefore most need their water to be heated. Coldwater fish, like Betta’s and goldfish like their temperatures to be between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, so if your keep your home at that temperature all year long you may not need…

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Preventing Algae Growth

Preventing Algae Growth Algae are not entirely bad for a fish tank and in many cases people tend to mistake non-algae to be algae. Algae tend to thrive in a healthy aquarium and over time, grow in a hair-like manner. New, and even unhealthy, tanks tend to have red or brown algae as a sign…

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Butterflyfish – Questions and Answers

Can butterflyfish be kept with invertebrates? No. Almost without exception these fish will consume or damage most of invertebrates available to them in the aquarium. Is it possible to keep various species of butterflyfish in the same tank? Species with very unlike markings and colouration will share an aquarium if it is large enough and…

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Mandarinfish – Questions and Answers

Is it easy to tell the difference between male and female Mandarinfish? Yes. The male has an extended first dorsal ray Can a pair of Mandarinfish be kept together? A male and female will often get on well together in a reasonably roomy aquarium and may even mate on a regular basis. However, keeping more…

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Blennies – Questions and Answers

Are blennies recommended for the beginner? Yes, they are ideal for beginners, being some of the easiest fish to keep in a marine aquarium. Can I keep more than one species of blenny together in the same tank? Most species of blenny are highly territorial and generally will not tolerate their own, or a similar…

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Cardinalfish – Questions and Answers

Are cardinalfish suitable for the fish-invertebrate aquarium? Yes, they will do no harm to invertebrates or algae. Is it normal for cardinals to prefer the darker areas of the aquarium? Yes. It is a good idea to provide a part of the tank which has more subdued lighting particularly for the cardinals.

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Surgeonfish – Questions and Answers

Are surgeonfish suitable for the beginner? In many cases, yes. But they need the very highest quality stable water conditions, plenty of swimming space and a good supply of algae and suitable green foods. They tend to do much better in a well established aquarium, rather than a freshly matured one.

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Would it be beneficial to reduce the specific gravity of aquarium water from 1.025 to 1.021?

Yes. The higher the concentration of salts in the water the harder the fish have to work to rid themselves of it owing to the increased intake of saltwater. If the salinity is lowered the metabolism of the fish is reduced with a consequent lowering of stress. Complete the task over a period of several…

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Fish are still scratching and flicking after treatment has been completed and all other signs of disease are gone, why?

Many diseases, particularly parasitic ones, leave scarring on the skin and gills that may take some time to heal and disappear. This often causes irritation long after the disease has gone. You have just read another great aquarium blog post by iQuatics. If you would like us to blog about a specific subject or have…

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