Can You Use Play Sand for Aquarium Substrate?

Play Sand Sand for Aquarium Substrate

Saving money is always nice, and play sand is certainly much cheaper than name-brand sands like super naturals and ocean direct. But can you really use play sand for an aquarium substrate without harming your fish? The answer is yes! Not only is it a cheaper alternative, but Most brands are also safe for fish … Read more

Dealing with Red Blotch Disease In Corydoras and Other fish

Red Blotch Disease Corydoras

Red blotch disease in corydoras is fairly common and can be caused by a plethora of things, from a scratch, a bite, a scrape, or even just high nitrate levels. Luckily red blotch disease is super easy to deal with if caught early, and you won’t even need medication or antibiotics. To cure your cory … Read more

Lava Rock in Reef Tank Safe Or Not?

Lava Rock in Reef Tank Safe Or Not

The thing about lava rock you need to consider is how varied its composition is going to be. Because of the way lava rock is formed, there could be just about anything in it. For the most part, though, Real lava rock is perfectly suitable for a saltwater aquarium with reefs. Some reef keepers, however, … Read more

What Are Algae Wafers

What Are Algae Wafers

Algae is a type of aquatic plant that can be found in freshwater, brackish water, or saltwater. Algae wafers are a type of food that is produced by harvesting and processing algae mixed with various vegetable or protein-based fillers. Algae Wafers are a great source of nutrition that can be used to feed fish as … Read more

Do Algae Wafers Cause Ammonia Spikes?

Do Algae Wafers Cause Ammonia Spikes?

You might have noticed a coincidental ammonia spike as you started feeding your aquarium algae wafers.  The algae wafers are not directly responsible for this, But in a way, you could say they helped cause it. Algae wafers on their own to not produce any ammonia. Assuming they get eaten then the ammonia spike could … Read more

Will aquarium gravel raise your pH? Yes, And no.

Will aquarium gravel raise your pH

Keeping your aquarium’s pH and water chemical composition balance can be a pretty tricky and delicate process. Everything you add or do in your aquarium can upset this balance very easily. That’s why it’s important to know what gravels will raise or power your pH so you can adjust things accordingly, Let’s get started. Does … Read more

How to clean fish tank gravel without a vacuum

How to clean fish tank gravel without a vacuum

Fish tank gravel, aquarium gravel, or any of the various types of substrate all have one thing in common if nothing else. They all need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Normally this is pretty easy, and you would use a special siphoning hose called an aquarium vacuum to clean the dirty gravel. Unfortunately, … Read more

Putting Maple Leaves in Your Aquarium

Putting Maple Leaves in Your Aquarium

Thinking about adding maple leaves to your aquarium? Leaf litter is a great way to spruce up and add color and life into your tank without having to buy expensive plants. They’re also super beneficial which we will get into in this article. Dried maple leaves are very similar to dried oak leaves and dried … Read more

Why is my cory catfish swimming at the top of the tank?

Why is my cory catfish swimming at the top of the tank?

If you’re watching your corys and notice some weird behavior where they will jolt up to the top of the tank and back down again, Or even sit at the top of the water, there is a good reason for this behavior. There are actually 2 reasons they do this. The first is common healthy … Read more