All about Lily Pipes

This article about Lily pipes was written by Jesse of Aquatic Mag, an aquarium website containing articles about fishkeeping as well as an online aquarium plant store!

What are Lily Pipes?

violet lily pipes In the aquatic world, you typically have filtration. With bigger aquariums (10+ gallons), stronger filtration is necessary and many hobbyists turn to canister filters. This creates lots of tubing from the aquarium to the filter to deal with the dirty water and provide fresh clean water. While many aquarists don’t mind the tubing, it can look quite ugly, especially in an aquascape where the focus should be on the plants. This is where lily pipes come in!

Lily pipes were created to minimize the amount of equipment in an aquarium while still letting the filter do its job of sending clean water throughout the aquarium. Because they can Continue reading

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Growing Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)

Java fern (Microsorum pteropus) is one of my personal favorite aquarium plants for many reasons! It’s very easy to grow, doesn’t need Co2, strong lighting, substrate or extra fertilizers and it’s one of the only plants that works with plant eating fish like fancy goldfish. Keep reading for more information about Java fern care and how to grow this wonderful plant!

Min tank size 10 gal (38L)
Care Easy
Location Mid-/background
Temperature 60-83 °F/15-28 °C
pH 6-7.5


The way Java fern should be planted is a bit different from what most aquarists are used to. It can grow quite tall, up to around 14 inches (35cm), which makes it a mid- or background plant. Unlike most aquarium plants it doesn’t appreciate being planted in the substrate at all and will grow very slowly or die off when the roots are buried. It actually absorbs most nutrients through the leaves and uses its roots to attach to a surface. This means you can tie it to driftwood or porous rocks like lava rock using some thread or fishing wire! For more information on how to do this, have a look at this guide.
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Caresheet: Assassin snail

Even the most careful aquarist can end up with a snail infestation, which can be rather frustrating! In the search for a solution they often look up which fish eat snails and eventually end up with a puffer or clown loach, which is entirely unsuitable for their setup and an even bigger problem than before. Luckily, there is another option: assassin snails, so called because they skillfully hunt down and cannibalize other snails. Keep reading for more information on keeping assassin snails and their effectiveness when dealing with a snail infestation!

Tank size 10 gal (38L)?
Temperament Moderate
Diet Carnivore
Temperature 75-80°F/24-26.5°C
pH 7.5-8.0


Assassin snail, Clea helena (sometimes Anatome helena), bumblebee snail

Natural habitat

Assassin snails are naturally found in Southeast Asia, where they reside in all types of streams and ponds with sand substrate.


Their conical, yellow and dark brown striped shell makes assassin snails an attractive addition to any aquarium, not just the ones with a pest snail infestation! They usually grow to a maximum size of around 0,5 inch/1,3 cm, although slightly bigger snails have been reported. Like many other snail species they use a siphon, which can usually be seen sticking out of the shell, to breathe. Telling males and females apart is not really possible.


Although they are not really group animals, keeping at least 3-4 assassin snails is usually recommended. There seems to be a bit confusion about the minimum tank size for them, but at least 10 gallons (38L) should definitely be enough for a group that size! Because assassin snails naturally bury themselves and wait for their prey to appear Continue reading

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Learning to safely catch your aquarium fish

This guest post about catching aquarium fish was written by the blogging team of Swell UK, a UK based pond and aquarium supplier!

It’s something we do all the time, and at some point you too are going to have to go through the potentially stressful task of catching one of your aquarium fish. This may be for quarantine purposes, for sale or simply to keep them out of the way during maintenance of your aquarium.
For fish, stress can be lethal so keeping stress levels low is important. When a fish becomes anxious for either a large period or multiple times in a short space of time their immune system is lowered, meaning they are more prone to diseases such as white spot, which if untreated can sadly be fatal. All the more reason to perfect your fish-catching skills to do as little damage as possible!

fish net

Using Fish Nets

The first part is obvious: make sure Continue reading

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My visit to Holland Koi Show 2015!

The Holland Koi Show is an event held every year in Arcen, The Netherlands, that centers around koi and aquariums. I last visited it two years ago in 2013 (photos can be found here!) and was lucky enough to be able to go again this year!

There were many things to see and buy, from simple shrimp to $500 fancy goldfish and gigantic koi, and although I didn’t go home with any fish myself I took plenty of photos. Have a look at the gallery below to see them, especially if you’re interested in bettas!

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Happy fishkeeping!

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GreenPleco Plecostomus plush giveaway!

This giveaway has ended. Thanks for participating everyone! You can still buy your own GreenPleco plushie over at the GreenPleco website.

Hi everyone! It’s been quite a while since the last giveaway on Aquariadise, so I’m super excited to announce I’ve teamed up with GreenPleco to give away one of their Plecostomus plushies. 

Plecostomus, or pleco, is a name used for a wide variety of catfish that are often kept in aquariums. Although most don’t actually eat algae, many pet- and aquarium stores sell them as algae eaters! They can be found in many different colors and sizes and GreenPleco is working hard to turn them all into plushies. 

I don’t own any plecos myself, but they are wonderful fish to keep and make great plushies! They are available in many different color patterns and have a suction cup mouth like a real pleco so they can be attached to your aquarium or windows. I had to have one and received a green plush a few days ago.

And now for the best part: I get to give away one pleco plushie to a lucky Aquariadise reader! To participate, subscribe to Aquariadise if you haven’t already, read the rules and leave a comment below. 😀 

  • The giveaway is for Aquariadise subscribers!
  • Leave a comment here using the e-mail address you used to subscribe (e-mail stays private)
  • If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do so below
  • The winner will be chosen with a random number generator on August 23rd and e-mailed with three days to respond with their address
  • If you have a Tumblr account, you can reblog the giveaway post there for an extra entry!

Good luck and happy fishkeeping everyone!

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Treating fin rot

When the beautiful fins of your previously healthy looking fish suddenly seem to be melting away, it can be easy to panic. It may be fin rot! Luckily this common aquarium fish disease is often curable, especially if you take action right away. Keep reading for more information on what causes fin rot and how you can prevent it as well as diagnosing and curing it if it’s already too late.

betta fin rot

Photo by Melissa

What causes fin rot?

Fin rot, like many fish diseases, is caused by a combination of factors. It’s a bacterial or fungal infection, meaning the “melting” is caused by bacteria or fungus eating away at the fins. Bacteria such as Pseudomonas that cause fin rot are not that dangerous for your fish by themselves and can actually be found in any aquarium. The real danger is secondary infection, such as when the fish rips its (tail) fin or is otherwise injured, for example by other fish. The bacteria and fungus can easily latch onto the open wound and cause it to become infected.
Another huge factor in fin rot is stress. A stressed fish is much more susceptible to any disease and especially fin rot! Stress can be caused by many things, but the main reasons for fin rot are bad water quality and an improperly cycled aquarium caused by overstocking or lack of water changes. Insufficient feeding, bad choice of tankmates, injuries, disease or stress from transport and all other things that cause stress and/or injuries to a fish increase the chances of infection. The oranda below had both dropsy and a case of fin rot on the pelvic fins.

Preventing fin rot

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