Beginner Articles

A Primer on Fish Foods
A Primer on Fish Foods
There are numerous kinds of fish food availible today. The most popular types are flakes, pelets and sticks, freeze-dried food, frozen foo...
Aquarium Filter Basics
Aquarium Filter Basics
The two most common aquarium filter types are power filters and canister filters, so these are the filters I will cover in this article. P...
Aquarium Glossary and Internet Glossary
Aquarium Glossary and Internet Glossary
 The purpose of this glossary is to define terms that are used both in the aquarium hobby as well as in onl...
Aquarium Heater Basics
Aquarium Heater Basics
Maintaining a stable temperature in your aquarium is very important for the health of your inhabitants. Most tropical fish will be comfort...
Aquarium Substrate Basics
Aquarium Substrate Basics
Substrate refers to what you use to cover the bottom of the aquarium. Usually the substrate is purely decorative; however, there are times w...
Aquarium Tank Basics
Aquarium Tank Basics
Any new aquarium tank should first be given a thorough test to ensure that it is watertight. If after 12 hours there are no leaks, it may ...
Buying an Aquarium
Buying an Aquarium
 One of the key decisions in getting a fish will be what tank to choose. You normally buy one tank and stick with...
Buying and Introducing Fish
Buying and Introducing Fish
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Buying New Fish
Buying New Fish
Few things are more disappointing to a hobbyist than buying this really wonderful new fish found in a shop, only to see it wither and die wi...
Fish Keeping Myths
Fish Keeping Myths
This is a simple article, but is a complex subject. This hobby is one of opinions and experiences, fact and fallacy, grey areas and rock so...
Freshwater Community Tanks for Newbies
Freshwater Community Tanks for Newbies
There is a multitude of freshwater community fish that are popular in the aquarium keeping hobby. Many of these popular fish are great for ...
How Filters Work
How Filters Work
Fish live in a semi-closed environment. A fish needs to breathe oxygen from the water it lives in. If that water is n...
I got a fish tank for Christmas...NOW WHAT?
I got a fish tank for Christmas...NOW WHAT?
Tis the season for a whole new group of hobbyists. First let me state a simple welcome to the hobby! There is much to learn, and much to en...
My Fishless Aquarium Cycle
My Fishless Aquarium Cycle
I've done a lot of reading on fishless cycling. The majority of the articles have been formula only; add this, do that, etc. Many are extrem...
New Aquarium Advice
New Aquarium Advice
Fish keeping has so many variables, that no two tanks will ever be the same, and thus a lot of fish keeping is trial and error. As long as t...
Selecting Your First Fish Tank
Selecting Your First Fish Tank
When you go to pick out your first fish tank, you are barraged with an onslaught of advertising. Here in this aisle is a 55 gallon acrylic ...
Setting Up a New Aquarium
Setting Up a New Aquarium
First off, be ready to spend time setting up your new aquarium as it is not a quick job. When I got my 55 gallon it took all night to set u...
Start your Aquarium with Success
Start your Aquarium with Success
Photo courtesy of Thinkcage Your First Fish Most people who have decided to get a fish tank are very excited about the prospect ...
Ten Tips for Selecting an Aquarium Store
Ten Tips for Selecting an Aquarium Store
1) Do their tanks look good and are their fish healthy? If the tanks in an aquarium store don't look good, the store is either under-staffed...
The Ten Commandments of Fishkeeping
The Ten Commandments of Fishkeeping
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Tips for Cycling Your New Aquarium
Tips for Cycling Your New Aquarium
What is Cycling?Cycling your tank is probably something that you have never heard of unless you have been paying attention to the *.aquaria ...
Tropical Fish Species for Beginners
Tropical Fish Species for Beginners
So, you've found your sea legs as a fishkeeper by setting up and maintaining a coldwater tank. Are you ready to take your hobby to the next ...
Twelve Quick Aquarium Tips for Beginners
Twelve Quick Aquarium Tips for Beginners
Buy the largest aquarium you can reasonably afford. A small aquarium may be less of an initial investment, but it is much more subsceptible ...
What to Remember Before Buying New Fish
What to Remember Before Buying New Fish
How many times has it happened, you've gone down to the local pet store or aquarium store, and seen that gorgeous fish that you just had t...
Why Keep Fish?
Why Keep Fish?
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Our aquarium beginner articles are geared towards people who either are interested in keeping fish or have just recently become fish owners. This broad range of topics will cover everything the beginning aquarist needs to know to keep healthy and happy fish.