aquarium, fish, tank, plants

1. Aquaristics - brief definition.

aquarium with discs and plants

What does aquaristics mean? This websites is all about aquaristics and aquarium life and that is why we need to explain what that actually means. Aquaristics deals with amateur and professional breeding of animals and cultivation of aquatic plants in the aquarium. You can have freshwater aquarium or marine aquarium. Freshwater aquarium is associated with freshwater aquaristics and marine aquaristics mean breeding organisms in the marine aquarium. All of us who have at least one aquarium are called aquarists. Aquarist is a person who loves the aquarium hobby :) and cares about their aquarium with passion and commitment. Aquarists are people who do not spare effort and sweat to make sure the environment for fish and plants is as close as possible to natural environment. I suggest you to read interesting facts related to aquaristics. It will give you some general knowledge about aquaristics

2. Aquarium fish - atlas

This atlas contains over 170 most popular aquarium fish. It will allow you to find desired fish very quick. There are information’s about desirable conditions in aquarium, information where particular fish can be found in nature and how to breed them. Breeding of the aquarium fish is an interesting hobby. Aquarium with plants and fish will absorb you for many hours, giving you a lot of pleasure from watching underwater world. Be careful because your visitors may be hypnotized for hours by your aquarium instead enjoying a party :).

3. Aquarium Fluorescent Lighting - advice

lenght of lighting wave

On the market you can find many fluorescent lamps which are specially designed for aquarium plants and fishes. Fluorescent lamps like Philips Aquarelle, Osram Fluora, Sylvania Grolux, Hagen Aqua Glo are quite expensive, but let's check if this products are worth of price. There is a lot brand fluorescent bulbs presented in this article grouped in sections of T8 and T5 types. Also there are graphs of wave length and light intensity included. Prices presented are only for comparison purposes. In each country there may be different prices of each bulb but differences stay quite similar. I hope it will help you to choose right fluorescent light bulb for your aquarium.

I encourage you to reed article about modern lighting in aquarium. This article contains information about light parameters, which should be considered before fluorescent light bulb purchase. It also explains why light bulbs have different colors (some of them have blue light and some red) and how to find out what color will give a light bulb.

4. Aquariums types

You will find information about types of the aquariums and features that characterize the different types of them:

  • General Aquariums - a multi-species aquarium or social aquarium
  • Breeding Aquariums - spawning aquarium
  • Biotope Aquariums - called environmental aquariums
  • One species aquariums
  • Continental aquarium
  • Domestic aquarium

In the article about aquarium types you will find information how to choose fishes and plants to each type of aquarium and what differences there are between them.

5. Care for aquarium Fish

aquarium fishes

Appropriate aquarium setup, proper selection of plants and fishes is just the first step. The next step is ensuring that our underwater world is growing properly. Not only fishes and plants require good care. Also aquarium equipment needs attention and regular checkups. I recommend an article saying about aquarium care. You will find info how to care about our aquarium residents. There is proposed schedule with regular activities that should be done to keep the balance in our tank. Additionally, you will find information about how to prepare the tank when you going on holiday.

6. Fish Diseases and Treatment

For both people and fish the best way to avoid any illness is prevention. First of all, we must ensure that our beneficiaries have proper conditions in aquarium. it is impossible to describe all the symptoms of aquarium fish diseases especially since most of the symptoms are not specific to particular diseases. However, some changes can be observed, which clearly indicate the problem. Eternal truth that prevention is better than cure is particularly important in fish diseases. Some diseases cause the complete destruction of the fauna (fish) in the aquarium. Some diseases will force us to destroy the plants too. Then, unfortunately, you will need to start the aquarium adventure completely from scratch. You cannot forget about the required tank decontamination to kill all bacteria.

Therefore, I recommend you to read the article about aquarium fish disease, which will give you info on how to reduce the risk of fish diseases. If disease will get in to our aquarium you will find the ways of how to fight with it. It is important to become familiar with the symptoms of disease right now, to be able easier and faster diagnose a sick fish and separate it from the aquarium. Some symptoms may appear not important, but if you will do nothing it may lead to the destruction of all fish in an aquarium. Remember it is easier to prevent than cure.

7. Choosing the right tank (aquarium)

Before choosing an appropriate aquarium you should think of its size so that all its dimensions were matched to the interior and place where it will be. It is believed that the tank capacity from 50 to 100 liters is most suitable for the beginner aquarist (the larger the aquarium, the better). Read more about choosing the right aquarium

8. How to prepare water for aquarium.

NOTE - The tap water is not good for fish because it contains chlorine and many other compounds negatively affecting aquatic organisms.

Wellbeing and health of fish and plants are largely dependent on the quality of water used. It is known that if the composition of the water in the aquarium is more similar to natural conditions of fish than our fishes will feel better in aquarium and breeding them will be easier. The most important aquarium water parameters, which we can control are temperature, pH, hardness. Every aquarist needs to know how to prepare the water to the aquarium. Also at periodic water changes we need to provide good quality water. Please read the article about  how to prepare the water for the aquarium .

9. Atlas of aquatic plants

Atlas of aquatic plants will let you easily find the plants to the aquarium and obtain information about their environment and conditions under which it will it will grow the best. In addition, information on how to plant and what lighting will it require will let you to select plants that will grow nicely in your aquarium.

10. Algae in the aquarium - how to remove.

aquarium - algae

Every aquarist sooner or later will face the problem of algae in the aquarium. Even the best well-kept aquarium has the algae at least in the small amount. They can overgrow not visible spaces in aquarium or even enter the most visible place like a front glass of the aquarium. This degrades the aesthetic experience derived from observations of this underwater world. To understand the uninvited guests in the aquarium I recommend you to read article about algae in the aquarium . This will allow you to understand what causes the excessive growth of algae and how to prevent the plague. If you already have a problem with them you will find information on how to deal with them and reduce their amount. I recommend to read before you begin to apply the chemistry in your aquarium.

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