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Home Fish Aquarium Guide

Fishkeeping Information and Resources for the Home Aquarium

Breeding Red Cherry Shrimp


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Red Cherry Shrimp (neocaridina heteropoda) are wildly popular shrimp for the home freshwater aquarium, many people expect to soon be breeding red cherry shrimp.  You may know that I’ve written about them some here already and have plans to sell them via my freshwater shrimp site.  I had thought for about 5 months that I would soon have enough shrimp to feel comfortable selling some, but I haven’t seen the population grow quite as exponentially as I expected.  So, I’ve been reading about red cherry shrimp breeding and wanted to put together a post with quite a few details.

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November 27, 2011 - 10:27 PM No Comments

Nano Fish


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This may not be an idea for beginners, but you know those small 5 gallon tanks…. I’ve recently come across several species of nano fish. See some for sale here. One that really jumps out is one of the nano rasboras – phoenix rasboras. They’re pretty colorful and max out at under one inch long. There are quite a few other kinds of nano size fish out there and some might just be good inhabitants for a smaller tank. (You certainly don’t want to put them in with anything much bigger or they might become snacks…)

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March 8, 2011 - 9:53 PM No Comments

Kordon – Rid Metals


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I purchased a bottle of Kordon Rid-Metals during my quest to determine why anacharis always melted in my tank. We have a house with older copper pipes and the familiar blue-green stains in the tub from water. Test kits reveal that the first water out of the tap tends to be around 0.5 ppm of copper. Since anacharis and some of our other aquarium plants are copper sensitive (and I’m hoping to add some shrimp at some point) I decided to try to treat the problem and see if that helped the plants growth.

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February 28, 2011 - 9:35 PM No Comments

An Aquarium Horror Story – aka our first Tank


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Our first fish tank. I don’t know exactly how long it’s been. It was probably around 1998 or so. Aquarium information was hard to come by online still. I remember at one point during that nightmare thinking I should get a book, but didn’t know where to start. We had always liked looking at the fish at the wal-mart in town. Years ago we looked at fish in a pet store that was in the mall in town. It was just part of our routine. One night though – they had a sale on 5 gallon tank kits. It included “everything you need” to start and was 30-40 dollars I think. We bit at the offer and took it home. It was a hex tank and just fit on our bookshelf in the hallway. It was a tight fit getting the light cover off to add water, but it was manageable. The tank has a rim around the top as well so you can’t get to the entire surface, but…. well why would we need to get at it too much?

I don’t think we got fish that night. We did get gravel though and two bright neon decorations – cave and mountain.

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February 15, 2011 - 5:10 PM No Comments

A Walstad Natural Planted Tank


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This post is going to be a collection of notes and thoughts on the natural planted tanks ( or walstad natural planted tanks.) I have recently run across this approach and am really interested in giving it a try and likely will give it a try with the new 10 gallon tank. Some interesting initial notes on the concept are as follows: potting/topsoil and then gravel to hold that down. This is going to be a heavily planted tank. Cycling should not be an issue if it’s heavily planted enough. Filtration is also something that may not need to be done unless wanted for better filtering or water circulation. Lighting can be natural sunlight if situated near a window or artificial. Water changes will likely need to be infrequent. (6 months? from what I read.) Now this is appealing on several levels including the obvious lazy tank owner level…. 😉 but the concept behind it is a bit more interesting to me.

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January 8, 2011 - 3:09 PM No Comments

Responsible Fish Keeping


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I’ve seen warnings with many fish and plants that are packaged and sold for the home aquarium. They warn about not releasing these plants or fish into the wild. Now, I can see why some people might release a certain fish into a pond because it had a good appetite for mosquitos for instance. But, wouldn’t you think you should check and see if that kind of fish is already native to your area?

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March 7, 2010 - 10:44 PM No Comments

Fishtank Aquarium Cleaning Time


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I have a confession to make with regards to our fishtank/aquarium. I’ve been a bad fish pet owner! It’s been easily 2 months (maybe 3) since I cleaned the fishtank / aquarium. I know frequent water changes and cleaning are important. It’s been busy and frankly where we have it placed it’s not the easiest to get at for cleaning. Plus, we have a toddler and getting the testing chemicals out is best done when he’s in the crib/playpen and well…. yes there are a lot of excuses, but it just hasn’t been done. Amazingly! EVERYTHING tested at 0. Ammonia is at zero, nitrites at zero, even nitrates are at their lowest level the chart reads which is 0 mg/l. I guess there could be a tinge of orange coloring so it’s below 12.5 mg/l. I really credit our plants for that. In fact, some of the plants are starting to lose their green leaves and I had to start by cleaning out some of those dead leaves.

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September 6, 2009 - 5:29 PM No Comments

Several New Pages on Getting Started with a New Aquarium


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I’ve added several new pages which you can find in the left sidebar related to putting together your new aquarium and just getting started with a home aquarium.

I’ve added in the log of cycling our 5 gallon tank along with a good number of other things that will hopefully help you get started as you try to figure out just how you will be going about keeping fish.

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January 10, 2009 - 5:33 PM No Comments

Welcome to the Home Fish Aquarium Guide!!!


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I have some pretty big plans for this site and I hope you’ll enjoy what you see here in coming weeks/months. Right now I have an awful lot of resources and information lined up to add in. Much of the content of this site I expect to be in pages which you will find listed in the sidebar. As I learn, I will share things here with you. First, a bit about me and what I hope to do with this site…

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January 8, 2009 - 11:04 AM No Comments