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If there was a way to distill the fishkeeping hobby into a single phrase, it would be something along the lines of constantly doing things that keep ammonia levels as close to zero as possible. We can also rephrase this as always maintaining an optimal nitrogen cycle, and this applies to freshwater aquariums and reef tanks alike. Ammonia (NH3) is a byproduct of closed aquatic ecosystems, and it’s also a lethal pathogen you should always be watching out for. The knowledgeable staff at Aquatic Warehouse, a trusted aquarium supplier, want to share a few things you need to know about ammonia and how to get rid of it in your …

Many fish keepers will tell you that setting up an aquarium was one of the smartest decisions in their lives. They can talk about how great it feels to see aquatic species thriving in tanks or the whimsical aesthetic of underwater plants waving in the water. The aquarist hobby can be compared to keeping pets, but only to a certain degree, because it’s actually easier. The reality of fishkeeping is that it can be very rewarding, entertaining, and informative. If you’ve been thinking about becoming an aquarist, here are six reasons to consider. 1. Education About Ecosystems It’s worth putting this aspect of fishkeeping above the rest because it’s clearly …

The fish keeping hobby can be split into two main categories: freshwater and saltwater habitats. We call the ornamental species that can be kept in both habitats “tropical” even though some of them are actually native to colder waters, but they’re resilient enough to thrive in temperate waters. Saltwater tanks are divided into reef tanks (corals and small, reef-safe fish) and saltwater fish (without corals), but there are a few other saltwater variations, such as predator and brackish water aquariums. The filtration needs are often larger for fish tanks because of the amount of waste larger fish develop, whereas reef tanks demand different filtration and a more pristine water quality …

All aquarium habitats will benefit from live plants. The best way to get into fish keeping is to start out with plants and allow them to ease the habitat into the nitrogen cycle until an aquatic ecosystem can be established. Plants will continue to take important roles in terms of optimally adjusting the biochemistry of the ecosystem, which means planted aquariums have a great potential of making aquatic habitats healthier for all species. As to the question at hand, freshwater planted aquariums can make it easier to support a heavier bioload, which means they can hold more fish, but there are some caveats in this regard. More Fish Isn’t Always …

In 1977, researchers from the University of Nagoya determined that Hanako, a female koi, passed away as the age of 226, which means she spawned during the Edo Period of Imperial Japan. Koi are ornamental aquatic species that can easily live for more than two decades, but you don’t always have to set up a garden pond to keep aquatic species with long lifespans. Various other freshwater and saltwater fish are also known for their longevity, and you can keep them in aquariums. There are hardy species that can easily live for a decade as long as you take good care of your tank and provide a healthy ecosystem, which …

The nitrogen cycle of an aquarium is a biochemical process crucial to the sustainability of the ecosystem. You should never put fish or invertebrates in an aquarium that hasn’t been adequately cycled. At the same time, you shouldn’t transport fish in water that doesn’t come from an established and cycled tank. Only plants are able to withstand water that hasn’t been cycled, but only for a certain period. In fact, starting a new tank with aquatic plants is one of the first steps toward establishing and cycling an enclosed ecosystem. What Cycling Really Means In the fishkeeping and aquaculture world, cycling is the process of treating the water so it …

The image of goldfish swimming in a fishbowl is very cinematic. In the 1996 film One Fine Day, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, a bowl with three fancy goldfish is used various times to advance the plot or provide a visual gag. In the acclaimed television series Mr. Robot, the main character hears a lonely male Siamese fighting fish named QWERTY talking to him during psychotic episodes. In most cases, these movie fishbowls lack aeration and filtration systems. What viewers don’t realize is that these fish are normally kept in large tanks and placed in small bowls only for a few hours during filming. If you’re thinking it’s best …

With climate change creating more extreme weather conditions, unfortunate phenomena such as massive fish die-offs are becoming more common. A 2019 study conducted by marine biologists from the University of California and Reed College estimates that fish kill events caused by heat waves will double by the year 2050 in some Wisconsin lakes. Water temperature plays a very important factor in the health of many aquatic species, particularly those that aren’t migratory since they’re not instinctively predisposed to swim away in search of cooler water. In an enclosed ecosystem such as a saltwater or freshwater aquarium, fish keepers are responsible for regulating the water temperature, and they should know that …

Fish keeping for ornamental purposes is an ancient tradition believed to have started during the Sumerian period. Archeologists believe aquaculture and fish farming underwent a natural progression toward ornamental ponds around the year 4,500 B.C., and this probably caught the attention of visitors and invaders from Asia, where the aquarium hobby has always enjoyed a relation with spiritual beliefs. In Japan, koi ponds are often maintained as part of Buddhist temples because ornamental carp species are symbols of fortune and perseverance. In many regions of China, aquariums are placed in commercial and residential spaces as part of the feng shui practice, which advocates certain placement of objects for the purpose …

Fish keeping can be broken down into two main categories that conform to the major aquatic ecosystems: freshwater and saltwater. The most popular aquariums are of the freshwater kind, and saltwater aquariums are often subcategorized as saltwater reef aquariums because of the difference in filtration and lighting needs. Deciding which of these ecosystems you wish to recreate within an enclosed habitat should be the first step to take as you get started in the fish keeping hobby. The Main Difference Between Freshwater and Saltwater Aquariums One of the many joys of the aquarium hobby is that you get to learn a lot from the world we live in. If you …

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