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Starting and Stopping in the 75 Gal DIY Overflow Project

I like to overthink everything.   Every now and then, I spend more time staring at the project then I probably should.  Last weekend was definitely one of those times.  I measured the inside of the aquarium stand and it was the right size for me to fit my new sump.  I even purchased a sump […]

What You Need to Know about CO2 for Planted Aquariums

Just like grass and trees, aquatic plants also require carbon dioxide (CO2) to photosynthesize. CO2 is a gas in its purest form but like oxygen, it dissolves in water. This dissolved CO2 is essential for the growth of aquarium plants.  Managing CO2 in your planted aquarium is a tricky business. Too little of it will […]

Next Project: Adding a Sump and PVC Overflow To A Standard 75 Gallon Aquarium

I have enjoyed the turning on and off of a pump to make partial water changes in the turtle tank.  I want to extend that to the aquarium in the master bedroom.  I have been way to relaxed about changing the water in this aquarium, and I am paying the price with constant hairy algae […]

8 Things to Know about a Refugium

If you are fish hobbyist you may have heard the word refugium.  But what exactly is it and why do people use it?  A refugium is used to make separate sections in an aquarium. It allows sharing of water of the main tank in separate areas in an attached or inclusive space. The word refugium […]

Aquarium Plumbing: Hard Plumbing vs. Flexible Tubing

When you talk about aquarium maintenance,  plumbing is an aspect you can’t overlook. There are essentially two types of plumbing. You can either go with hard plumbing or flexible tubing. Scroll down and decide for yourself which plumbing is the best for your aquarium! Hard Plumbing – PVC Pipes Hard plumbing uses PVC pipes. PVC […]

Aquarium Technology: Automatic Top off Systems (ATO)

For your aquarium to function at its optimal level, it’s important that the level of the water inside it is monitored. Automatic top off units help you with exactly that!  Regardless of temperature, water evaporates all the time. Over time, the gradual evaporation results in considerable water loss which consequently causes an increase in the […]

Aquarium Technology: Fish Tank Lighting

Proper fish tank lighting is a crucial part of setting up a fish tank. It is essential for the good health and growth of aquarium inhabitants. Take some time to learn about tank lighting before devising a lighting plan for your aquarium.  This article will help you in choosing the right lights for your aquarium.  […]

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