10 Best Fish for Beginners

There are several categories to consider when examining fish that are good for beginners.  Ease of care, temperament, hardiness, beauty, size, cost, and availability.  This is our list of the 10 best fish for beginners. Bettas Anandarajkumar [GFDL] Bettas come in many different colors and have long luscious fins. They are easily one of the … Read more

Introduction to Fish Food

On the surface, fish food is a pretty simple concept.  You feed your fish, they eat.  But there is a lot to consider.  How much should I feed my fish?  How often? What should I feed my fish? These are all great questions that many new aquarium keepers find themselves asking. Diet Classifications Like the … Read more

Basic Tank Maintenance Schedule

Daily Maintenance Tasks Check your fish for signs of disease.  This can include physical damage, changes in appearance, or a lack of appetite. Check the temperature and make sure it’s within an acceptable range. Check the lights.  Make sure they are still working and aren’t blown out. Make sure the filter is still pumping. Weekly Maintenance … Read more

The Nitrogen Cycle

The nitrogen cycle is important to understand for the safety of your fish. Fish waste and excessive feeding contribute to the creation of compounds that are dangerous to fish. Bacteria break down waste and it transitions through several different compounds including. It ultimately ends up as the least dangerous compound which is removed from the … Read more

Intro to Breeding Freshwater Fish

Breeding fish can be fun, challenging, and sometimes frustrating.  If you have a male and a female of the same species, there is a chance you will get into breeding without even trying (especially if you have livebearers).  While other species you can create absolutely perfect conditions and nothing will ever come of it. Types … Read more

How to Do a Water Change

As your fish produce waste, they fuel the nitrogen cycle. At the end of the cycle, nitrates are produced. They slowly rise and can reach levels that are not safe and are unhealthy for your fish. Since there is no way for the nitrates to get out of the tank, you must manually remove it. … Read more

New Aquarium Shopping List

Here’s a list of what we believe to be the bear essentials for getting your fish tank up and running. Aquarium Stand Hood/Lid Light Heater Filter Thermometer Substrate 2D Background or 3D Background Decorations/Rocks/Driftwood/Live Plants Water Testing Kit (Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, pH) Fish Net Siphon Vacuum Water Treatment/Dechlorinator Algae Scrubber Bucket (New Bucket that is … Read more

Acclimating New Fish to your Tank

Buying a new fish is an exciting day. You’ll be one step closer to completing your tank or replacing a fallen comrade. Fish that you buy have been living in an environment that is likely different from your water in some way. It can be unsafe and unhealthy for your new fish to just add … Read more