Aquarium Maintenance 101

You wouldn’t dream of driving your car for more than 3,000 miles without changing your oil. You’d never let your computer operate for months at a time without some software cleanup. So why would you treat your aquarium any differently?
Like most long term concerns, periodic maintenance is a must if you want to keep your tank in good working order. This is a good lesson for beginner aquarium owners all the way up to the masters of the fish bowl. No tank, regardless of size, can thrive without scheduled, preventative maintenance. Here are some of the basics of aquarium maintenance.

This article is a guest post by Adam from The Aquarium Guide. You can check out my guest article for The Aquarium Guide about blackwater aquariums here!

Water, Water Everywhere

It may sound obvious, but it’s worth repeating: keep your tank’s water clean. Regularly cleaned water is vital to the long term wellbeing of your fish. You should already be adhering to a regularly scheduled water replacement schedule, but if you are not, then now’s the time to start.

Changing the water will help to Continue reading

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GreenPleco plecostomus plush giveaway | Holiday edition!

With the holidays coming up, the new Aquariadise Facebook page launch and the all new series of Plecostomus plushies ready to go, GreenPleco and I decided it was definitely time to team up again for a new plushie giveaway. Plecos are one of the most popular aquarium fish in the hobby – if you want one of the adorable plush versions just in time for the holidays to gift to someone or all for yourself, keep reading!

The pleco plushies come in many color varieties and have a suction cup mouth like their real counterparts, which means you can attach them to your aquarium, a window or another flat surface! Mine has joined the previous one on the new goldfish tank.

Aquariadise & GreenPleco are giving away one Plecostomus plushie to a lucky reader. The giveaway is located on Facebook, so to participate you can just click here and like the post to participate. Also like the page if you haven’t already!

  • greenpleco plushieThe giveaway is for readers who have liked the new Facebook page
  • Like the giveaway post to participate!
  • The winner will be chosen on November 29th using a random number generator
  • The winner will be announced on Facebook and contacted through private message if possible
  • The winner has three days to respond with their address

Good luck everyone! And if you don’t have Facebook, don’t worry – there are plenty more giveaways coming up in the future. Happy fishkeeping 😀

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Caresheet: Bronze Corydoras

The bronze Corydoras (Corydoras aeneus, also sometimes referred to as Green Corydoras) is one the most well known and popular species of Corydoras that can be found in aquarium stores. They are available in many color variations, like black and albino, and are easy and fun fish to keep. Keep reading for everything you need to know about this Corydoras variety!

This bronze Corydoras caresheet is a guest post by Jan from!

Tank size 20 gal (80L)
Temperament Peaceful
Diet Omnivore
Temperature 72-79°F/22-26°C
pH 6-7

General information

Bronze cories are found naturally in South America, namely Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela, where they inhabit the water ways in large groups.  Corydoras catfish belong to the family of Callichthyidae and are also known by the collective name of armoured catfish along with their close cousins. The reason for this are Continue reading

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Caresheet: Guppy

Guppies are one of the most popular aquarium fish species and for many the first thing that comes to mind when they think of fishkeeping. They are colorful, fun to keep and their active behavior can brighten up any tank, whether single-species or community. Unfortunately, like many popular fish species, they are often the victim of improper care due to lack of knowledge on their requirements. Keep reading for more information about fancy guppy care and setting up your own guppy aquarium!

Tank size 10 gal (38L)
Temperament Peaceful
Diet Insectivore
Temperature 64.5-84°F/18-29°C
pH 7.5-8.0


(Fancy) guppy, Poecilia reticulata, millionfish

Natural habitat

While guppies have been introduced throughout the world in attempts of mosquito control and by aquarists, they naturally occur in Venezuela, Brazil and various islands in the Caribbean sea. While they prefer streams and pools with thick vegetation, they can be Continue reading

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Growing Anubias (Anubias barteri)

Anubias is one of the most popular aquarium plant species and a favorite for many beginners and more experienced aquarists. It doesn’t require any special care, grows well in low-light aquariums and has large, broad leaves that are appreciated by fish that prefer some extra hiding places. As an added bonus, it also comes in a dwarf version! Keep reading for more information about Anubias care and how to grow it in your own planted aquarium.

Min tank size N/A
Care Easy
Location Mid-/background
Temperature 71.5-83 °F/22-28 °C
pH 6-8


Anubias is a great plant choice for setups without substrate. Like Java fern and contrary to most regular aquarium plants it absorbs nutrients through its leaves, and actually does better when the rhizome and roots are left exposed instead of buried. To keep your Anubias in place, just tie it to some driftwood or a porous rock type. This step by step guide explains how to do so if you’ve never kept either of these plants! Anubias has very Continue reading

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5 best aquarium algae eaters

Although it’s important to keep in mind that no fish is ever going to fully fix an algae problem and manual cleaning will always be necessary, it can still be a great idea to go for an algae eating species to help you out with this task. If your aquarium setup is suitable for them, they make great additions that are fun to keep and will do the best they can to devour algae. Keep reading for a list of the best algae eaters!

Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata)

Amano shrimp are at the top of this list for a good reason. Although not actually a fish, they are considered by many to be the ultimate algae eater for the aquarium. They spend most of the day searching for food and grazing on many types of algae, can be kept in smaller aquariums of at least 10 gallons (38L) and are extremely peaceful. A group of at least five in an aquarium with similarly peaceful tankmates can be very effective in helping you deal with an algae problem or preventing it before it happens! They will also gladly eat all kinds of fish food, making them effective as a cleaning crew so no leftover foods will start rotting and possibly polluting the water.
You can find a full Amano shrimp caresheet on Aquariadise here.
You can buy Amano shrimp online here!

Twig catfish (Farlowella vittata, also sometimes Farlowella acus)

Unlike most of their whiptail cousins, which have an appetite for worms and other small creatures, Farlowella vittata is Continue reading

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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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