Thanks to the variety of colors and textures, sizes and shapes that driftwood can be found in, they can add character and life to any aquarium. Driftwood can provide unique aesthetics and inspirations for decorating your aquarium. Some driftwood can affect the water quality as they leak out tannis and discolor the water. This means that not all wood can be used in your … [Read more...] about Different Types of Aquarium Driftwood
Betta Fish or Siamese Fighting Fish Scientific Name: Betta Splendens (given this scientific name in 1909 after previously being named Macropodus Pugnax) Common Name: Siamese Fighting Fish Genus (groups of animals from the same family): Betta Betta Fish are often referred to as Siamese Fighting Fish and people sometimes wonder why. Other people who know them as … [Read more...] about The History of Betta Fish
It's a long story, but necessary to illustrate how my obsession with bettas turned from triumph to tragedy all in one year. I got my first betta about a year ago when I was going into my first ye ar at college. I was looking for a simple-to-care-for pet that was fun and exciting (little did I know I was to be bit by the Betta Bug!) My mom was t he one who introduced me … [Read more...] about My Experience female community tanks
So you are a Betta fanatic. So you have a TON of Bettas. Or maybe just a few. ;) However, you don't know where to put them, or how to make them look like they have a comfortable place in your home? I have a few suggestions that you just might take to heart, then! First, you have to be very careful where you put the tank. Temperature can vary by many degrees in each part of … [Read more...] about Betta, betta everywhere. Now what?
I've read over and over and over again about how you should never put a female in with a male unless she is with eggs. Except for a small article I found on Petsmart.com where it said a male can be kept with females and gentle fish, I thought that the guys would be bachelors forever (except for those rare honeymooning occasions.) But after not having the best of luck with … [Read more...] about My Experience Male & Female Cohabitation
Keeping a betta at work is a tad bit different than your betta at home. For one you have to consider water changes are more "timely" and "watched" by others as well as feeding and care. Feeding is a large issue because one - if you are not there, who will feed him? two - what if someone is feeding him and you don't know? We all know the latter of the two can cause some … [Read more...] about Caring for a Betta at Work
This article is dedicated to the unnamed Royal Blue and Magenta Betta that tragically died of a protozonine illness and to Dexter, the red betta that inspired this article. If you have read much about betta genetics, it is likely you have heard that some reds don't stay that way. If you're like me, the mystery of this statement interests you. Well, recently I purchased … [Read more...] about My Experience in Color Morphs
Opinions vary so much on this subject that it is hard to give a reasonable answer. The Americans for instance have what is known as "cycling", which is the period of time a tank has to remain empty of fish until the good bacteria have established themselves and are controlling the conditions of the water in the tank. Most aquarists in the States recommend a six week waiting … [Read more...] about How Long Do You Wait Before Adding Fish? – and other tips
In this article I will be talking about my experiences with a West African substrate spawner, the Hemichromis bimaculatus, commonly known as the Two Spotted Jewel Cichlid. Keep in mind that not all substrate spawners will partake in these exact events from one specie of fish to another. All information contained in this article is based on my experiences with the twelve … [Read more...] about My Experiences With A Substrate Spawner Hemichromis bimaculatus, the Jewel Cichlid
They decided many years ago that four inches by four inches of surface area per inch of fish was the correct formula in a tank without aeration, and this still stands today, even with all the technology that is available. A four inch by four inch square of surface area per inch of fish is the minimum requirement, so if your fish is say four inches long, it would require … [Read more...] about How Many Fish?