I LOVE my Interpet Fishpod but… It was never intended by the makers to be other than a “basic” aquarium for newcomers to enjoy the hobby easily. The worst aspect of the Fishpod was the lighting which was designed to show off fish rather than grow plants. Therefore, over the years, I’ve heavily customised mine so that adequate light reaches all parts of the tank as shown below. Thankfully, Interpet have created the new Ecomax range of lighting which will enable me to retrofit the new light and do away with the complicated setup that I currently have. Product Description … Continue reading Interpet Reinterpret What’s Needed To Create The Perfect Aquarium Light.
The most common deficiencies are those of nitrate, phosphorus, potassium, iron and magnesium. These elements should be on top of the list of elements responsible for bad condition of our aquarium plants. This article also does not contain the most important macro – C. The detailed blog on CO2 in fresh water tanks can be found here soon. Symptoms of minerals deficienciesAn accurate identification of micro and macro elements deficiencies on the basis of plants’ visible symptoms is very difficult and requires a lot of experience. The symptoms very often are similar to each other. What is more, symptoms of … Continue reading Symptoms of minerals deficiencies in planted aquarium
The majority of “aquatic” plants which are sold to be used in aquaria AREN’T true aquatic plants. Rather, they are marginal or bog plants which are particularly suited to a life of continuous submersion. The rainforests where these plants grow in nature have seasons just as we do and the water levels of the forest rivers fluctuate accordingly. Levels rise during the rainy season and drop during the dry(er) season. This means that marginal plants, such as Swords, experience 6 months with their leaves out of water and 6 months totally submerged. Obviously, the means of breathing in air is … Continue reading Avoiding Die-back On Newly Purchased Aquarium Plants (ESPECIALLY Amazon Swords)
I’m SICK of seeing posts in Facebook groups where people ask for help in reducing numbers of snails and seeing the blatantly stupid suggestions given in reply. ADDING EXTRA FISH SUCH AS PUFFERS OR LOACHES IS NOT THE ANSWER!!! NOR is adding Asassin Snails. Here’s why… Whilst these fish or critters MAY eat snails, they WILL add to the bioload and some fish (such as Yoyo loaches) can reach a decent size. This can throw your whole ecosystem out of skew. So… ONLY add livestock to eat snails IF you were looking to add extra fish anyway and your aquarium … Continue reading The MOST EFFECTIVE snail removal method EVER!!!
FACT… Aquatics companies make a FORTUNE from add-on sales. A perfect example is CO2 indicator solution. Fluval liquid costs around £5 for a 10 ml bottle. Please note, I have nothing against Fluval and merely use THEIR product as a representative example because they are such a popular company. Many other company’s sell indicator fluid and they are all sold at a similar price for a similar amount of liquid. Indicator solution is very simple to make at a tiny fraction of the cost of named-brand products IF you know what to do… Here are the ingredients that are needed … Continue reading How To Make Indicator Solution For A CO2 Dropchecker.
You have just spent a reasonable amount of money on a pressurised CO2 system and now want to make sure that the kit is doing its job as effectively and safely as possible. When using CO2, your goal should be to get as much CO2 into the water as possible so that the plants can benefit from the readily available source of Carbon. There IS however, a maximum amount of gas that can be dissolved safely in the water before livestock begin to suffer. This means that knowing the EXACT amount of gas is CRUCIAL. There are several means of … Continue reading 4 Effective Ways To Monitor CO2 Concentration In Aquaria.
Plants which are usually attached to wood or stone have aerial roots and thus get their nutrients from the water column. They CAN (in theory) be attached to ANYTHING. There were a few gaps in our 4′ aquarium that needed filling but the gaps were in awkward places and not easy to plant, so I came up with a unique solution… I took a cutting of Anubias Barteri and attached it to the side-glass with an old airline sucker. The clamp fits around the rhizome perfectly! Now, I can create an Anubias wall!!! Continue reading Today’s Top Tip…
Skip to content Aqua Plants Care 0 TOTAL £0.00 Category The Importance Of Oxygen And Carbon Dioxide Home ⁄ Featured posts ⁄ The importance of oxygen and carbon dioxide THE IMPORTANCE OF OXYGEN AND CARBON DIOXIDE Oxygen O2 and its importance The oxygen content in water depends on many factors: the depth of the tank, the temperature of the water, the presence of plants and animals. Water that is in motion is generally better oxygenated than that standing. The dependence between the temperature and the degree of oxygenation is inversely proportional – as the temperature rises, the oxygen saturation in water decreases. Water in … Continue reading
Unbelievably, the tank below is a Fluval Chi. The Chi is an AWFUL tank (I can’t call it an aquarium) as the stock lighting and “filter” are useless for anything other than as an expensive water-feature!!! Our little aquarium however, has plant-spectrum lighting and an #allpondsolutions ef150 canister filter running it so it’s now a brilliant little 20L aquarium and both plants and livestock are thriving. However; it was time for a change and when I was made aware of a 20L sitting in a gardenI jumped at the chance to put my creative skills to the test again. We … Continue reading Creating A Simple But Effective Aquascape From Scratch…
Our beloved (but cantankerous) Allpondsolutions internal filter is on its last legs and we desperately need a replacement. In the future we WILL be installing an external canister filter but, in the meantime, we need something effective, cheap and easy to maintain and service to keep the tank ticking overmuntil time and finances permit. Therefore, we have decided to go with the… Hidom AP-1600L 25w 3 in 1 1200 LPH Internal Filter Here are the main features as described by Hidom: High Efficiency Robust 1200 litres per hour Internal Filter suitable for aquariums up to 300 litres running at 25w. … Continue reading Thoughts On A New Filter…