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Vinegar is the household name for acetic acid solutions made through the processes of fermentation. The history of vinegar use dates back to Babylonian times, and it was likely discovered by ancient brewers and winemakers. In the Western world, vinegar is traditionally made from grapes. However, it can be made from just about any fruit that contains sugars. We use vinegar for recipes, medicinal purposes, and as a household cleaner. Although most vinegar sold in stores is synthetic, it’s essentially the same as its natural fermented form. It stands to reason that small amounts of vinegar can be safely used to clean aquariums because it isn’t toxic and is acidic, …

The aquarist hobby can be very rewarding in terms of learning new things. When you get into fish keeping, one of the recommendations you’ll invariably hear is related to stocking the tank. Seasoned aquarists will tell you to start out with a tank that isn’t too small nor too large—10—20-gallon tanks are the sweet spot for beginners. They’ll also recommend that you take your time establishing the tank with plants and to start off with just two hardy species to stimulate bacterial bloom and fully establish the tank. Once your aquarium is established with a healthy ecosystem, chances are you’ll want to return to your aquarium supplier and get more …

Aquariums are aquatic ecosystems that require high levels of cleanliness for two reasons: health and aesthetics. Lakes, rivers, reefs, and other natural aquatic habitats are self-cleaning ecosystems. Aquariums need to be periodically cleaned, although there are strategies to increase the sustainability of contained ecosystems so cleaning doesn’t have to be performed so frequently. When it comes to cleaning tanks, you can think of the ecosystem in terms of the following elements: water, tank, filtration system, substrate, and decorations. Here are some recommendations on how to clean all the parts of your aquarium. Water Changes For tanks that hold between 10 and 20 gallons, partial water changes of no more than …

Water comes from many sources and can be found in the most unexpected places. In October 2020, NASA astronomers announced they had detected the presence of H2O on the surface of the Moon. Even though this discovery was somewhat expected because of previous research, it’s very unlikely that lunar water would be safe for aquarium use. Water from the tap is what most aquarists choose for their tanks because it’s readily available and highly ideal once it goes through the dechlorination process. There are other water sources for fish keepers to consider, but they all have certain caveats. Let’s review what these sources have to offer. Rain Water You may …

For various reasons, small tanks tend to attract many newcomers to the aquarium hobby even though they would actually be better off with larger tanks. What many beginners don’t realize is that tanks that hold less than 10 gallons, which are often called “nanotanks,” require more frequent water changes, cleaning, and maintenance. Purchasing a 10 to 20-gallon rectangular tank (which you can buy from a reliable aquarium supplier such as Aquatic Warehouse) is the best scenario if you’re getting started in the hobby. However, this may not always be possible because of space constraints. Once you set up a 5-gallon tank with plants, substrate, and a couple of rocks for …

If you enjoy dining at Asian cuisine restaurants, you may have noticed that many of these eateries have a nice aquarium on display. We’re not talking about seafood restaurants with live-hold tanks right outside the kitchen, which are meant to keep the catch as fresh as possible. We’re talking about ornamental tanks that look like they’re lovingly kept. More than likely, these tanks are placed in the southeast quadrant of the dining hall, which corresponds to the feng shui practice of attracting wealth and good fortune. Asian restaurants aren’t the only commercial establishments where aquariums can be appreciated. If you explore Chinatown districts in major metropolitan areas, there’s a good …

Fish keeping is a hands-on hobby. Aquarists are in charge of turning their tanks or ponds into healthy ecosystems for plants, fish, and invertebrates, and this involves plenty of manual work. At some point during your life as a fish keeper, you’ll come across situations that require sticking your hand right into the water. Rearranging decorations or moving plants around are examples of situations when you may need to dip your hand into the water, but if there are reasonable ways for you to accomplish such tasks without getting your hands wet, your ecosystem will be better off. The knowledgeable staff at Aquatic Warehouse would like to share some details …

Like just about all other activities, caring for aquarium species can be accomplished in different ways. The aquarium hobby is rewarding for various reasons, but it’s also more intricate than caring for terrestrial plants or domestic pets. Managing an ecosystem is at the heart of fish keeping, and this entails following principles of chemistry and marine biology. Balancing an adequate habitat for fish, invertebrates, and aquatic plants is more intricate than it seems. However, the various processes involved have been advanced and streamlined to the point that they appear to be pretty easy. Very few aquarists are able to dedicate their full lives to maintaining their tanks or ponds. Most …

When it comes to saltwater and freshwater planted aquariums, standard sizes begin at 2.5 gallons and continue all the way past 180 gallons with several size variants in between. With acrylic tanks, which tend to be pricier than their glass counterparts, you have a greater range of sizes and shapes that go far beyond the traditional rectangles. When you’re getting started in the fish keeping hobby, size matters significantly. You really should begin with at least a 10-gallon tank (did you know that a 20-gallon aquarium will hold four times more fish than a 10-gallon tank?) because smaller ones require more frequent maintenance. At the same time, larger aquariums that …

Not all aquarium species behave the same. However, under the right conditions and with the right fish tank supplies in the aquarium, they’ll ease into their habitat and exhibit behavior that makes them look comfortable. In an established tank with a healthy ecosystem and the right mix of species, fish will swim, feed, and even mate according to their natural instincts. Some species tend to be more shy than others and prefer hiding, but you should still see them swimming around during feeding time. There are various reasons fish may become skittish, and some of them are related to the ecosystem conditions. Lonely Schooling Fish When you add species such …

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