The Cichlid family encompasses a wide range of popular tropical species. Cichlids vary greatly in shape, size, color, breeding habits and temperament. The more popular varieties include the Oscar and Jack Dempsey, as well as smaller cichlids such as Rams and Apistrogrammas. Cichlids are territorial and need room to stake… Continue reading

Compatible Fish

We’re not saying buy all these fish and put them in your tank, but a good combination of top, middle and bottom swimmers can be found in this list. Most pet stores are excellent resources in determining which fish are compatible together. This is only one combination of fresh water… Continue reading


Install Accessories Now you can add plants, decorations and all those fancy items you’ve purchased for your tank. Also install your pumps, heaters and thermometers at this time. Place the pump close to the tank. If you can find a spot above the water level this can reduce the possibility… Continue reading

Special Lights

Light It Up Install your hood and lighting system. Special lights are available to bring out colors in the fish and help plants grow if using live plants. Contact us for more on lighting. A Few Days Later We no your excited and ready to put in some fish, but… Continue reading

Gravel Bed

Gravel BedBefore adding gravel you should thoroughly rinse it in a bucket. Rinse the gravel until the water looks clean. This removes dust and dirt that could be on the gravel. Cover the bottom of the tank and under gravel filter. You should have a minimum of a 3 to… Continue reading

Healthy Tank

Ammonia Lock, water already has a certain amount of Ammonia. Ammonia can deaden natural chemicals in the water. Ammonia lock combats the amount of ammonia already in the water to neutralize it so your fish won’t die. Disease Prevention is important when owning an aquarium. Recognizing and treating disease infected… Continue reading

Setup and Prep

Setup and Prep Once you have decided on the system that you would like to set up, chosen the fish and materials, and found suitable sources for them, you are ready to build the aquarium. A tank full of water is extremely heavy, so you must choose its final position… Continue reading

Buying Fish

The best sources of aquarium fish are aquatic societies and specialist aquarium shops. Look for specimens with appropriately healthy colors and a well-defined example of any distinguishing pattern. They should have well-proportioned bodies, and should appear to swim effortlessly. Be watchful for any evidence of disease, such as ulcers, fin… Continue reading

Choosing the Tank

Fish keeping is usually divided into two categories: freshwater and marine. We will also deal with brackish water aquariums, for which many fascinating species of fish and invertebrate are available. Among the first things that you will have to decide is which of these aquariums you wish to set up,… Continue reading

Fish Knowledge

Life Spans The life span of a fish depends greatly on it’s size. Small species, with a high metabolic rate, use up the same number of heartbeats faster than larger animals with slower heartbeats. The general rule is the heart is designed to beat only a limited number of times.… Continue reading