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SpongeBob SquarePants aquarium: separate decorations and bundles


SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends are some of the most loved cartoon characters ever, and being funny underwater sea-creatures, they make awesome aquarium decorations and themes. You can make your very own SpongeBob SquarePants scene […]

30+ most popular plants for the midground of planted tanks


The midground of your aquascape is the vital link between the foreground and the background. Not only does this add body to your aquascape, but it is also valuable in screening the less attractive lower […]

Wave maker: why it important, the bestsellers, and installation


Waves are an integral part of any wild aquatic ecosystem. It creates water movement that circulates the much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Wind, tidal fluctuation and differences in bottom topography are the main reason why waves […]

Top 25+ clean up crew (snails, crabs, shrimp…) for saltwater tanks


The ‘clean up crew’ refers to a group of snails, crabs, shrimp, and starfish that are utilized in saltwater tanks to control aggressive algae growth, excess detritus, and anaerobic sand bed compaction (they sift your […]

Best 30-inch stands for 20-gallon long / 29-gallon fish tanks


You will have found in your search for an aquarium tank that there are an array of available sizes, one being a 29-gallon and its variant the 20-gallon long. These are great for an aquarist […]

Best 24-inch stands for 20 gallon fish tanks (high profile)


It is always an aspiration of many aquarists to scale up from a 10-gallon to a 20-gallon aquarium; more space means more fish and a chance to create a new environment. A 20-gallon tank needs […]

Best 20-inch stands for 10-gallon fish tanks (standard profile)


Now that you have purchased your 10-gallon tank where does it go? A sideboard or cabinet may work, but with such a multitude of built-for-purpose options, that will support the tank’s weight and dimensions, a […]

Aquarium hood: why it important, the bestsellers, and installation


Evaporation, fish jumping out of the water, and no fixtures for lighting: do you have these problems? How about your cat, are they on a fish hunting trip while you’re out? Relax! You can address […]

Undergravel filter: how it works, the bestsellers, and installation


An undergravel filter is one of the most efficient fish tank accessories that act as a biological filter. While you can easily purchase this accessory online, you should first understand the concept and science behind […]

3 types of pest aquarium snails and a guide to removing them


Opinions are divided on snails of all types and their place in the aquarium. Some hobbyists believe snails to be a true menace, tearing away at plants and breeding like rabbits, spreading their ugly presence […]