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Algae Control

Arghhhh! What’s happening to my aquarium? Unfortunately, one of the constant battles in aquarium keeping is keeping the algae in check. Every aquarium has some, even the gorgeous masterpieces that you see pictures of online. The problem arises when you see the algae first before you see the beautiful fish and plants. One thing is […]

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The 10 Biggest Mistakes

Copyright © Practical Fishkeeping We take a look at some of the biggest mistakes made by fish keepers – and not just newcomers to the hobby! 1. Lighting on for too long In these days of ultra bright lighting you can actually have too much light, and have it on for too long. Your tank […]

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Why You Should Love Us

Love thy retailer! Copyright © Practical Fishkeeping copied with permission Aquatic retail is one of the most challenging jobs there is, says Nathan Hill. Want to know why? Read on… The reason is actually pretty simple, and a lot of it boils down to this one single point. Aquatic retailers are the only ones on […]

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Tips For The Beginner

What To do When you Don’t Know What To Do! You have had your aquarium for about two weeks and are loving it. Everyday you turn on the light, give your fish just a little snack of food, watch them eat and then get on with your day. You come home, sneak a peak at […]

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How To Do A Water Change!

Follow these 7 simple steps every week  to keep your aquarium water healthy and your fish happy. 1. Unplug everything – heater, filter, lights and any other electrical components you have added to your aquarium.  Specifically, your aquarium heater.  If the water level goes below a certain point on your heater while it is plugged […]

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Going on Vacation

No need to have your fish starve while you are lavishing in the Tropics, eating Turkey with the relatives, or away on business. We have a variety of Automatic Fish Feeders in stock to spoil your fish while you are away. We even have automatic light timers so your plants will be happy too. Just […]

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What Kind of Fishkeeper Are You?

This article has been reprinted with permission from the Practical Fishkeeping Newsletter.  Author, Nathan Hill really nails it on the head, when he describes all the different types of fishkeepers that retailers have to deal with. I may be adding some more to the list! Like the “I was born knowing everything” type of customer […]

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I just got a Betta!

A Siamese Fighting fish or a “Betta” is one of the easiest fish to keep, much simpler than the traditional “goldfish in a bowl”. If you keep your Betta’s environment clean, don’t overfeed him, and add a live plant to his aquarium or bowl, he can live for a very long time. One customer reported […]

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What is the Biological Cycle?

You have probably been asked “Is your tank cycled?” when you have come in to purchase tropical fish at Aquariums West and wondered what the heck is that. “Was I supposed to have remembered this from high school?” Many people have lost many fish because they do no understand what this is. People who have […]

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The 10 Best Algae Eaters For Tropical Tanks

Got a problem with algae in your aquarium? These fish will all earn their keep by helping to keep it under control… Otocinclus “As our tanks become increasingly smaller we need to find similarly sized nano algae eaters to match. Otocinclus are tiny South American algae eating catfish. They are well behaved, communal and great […]

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How to Treat an Outbreak of Ich

You have just fed your fish and are admiring their lovely colours and movements and then you notice tiny white spots on them. Don’t freak out, these little spots which resemble sugar or salt crystals sprinkled on your fish are actually a tiny parasite protozoan called Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or “ich” for short, and is very […]

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O.K., So You Know Everything!

So often, people come into the store with questions.  Lots of questions.  Sometimes an hour of questions and sometimes all day!  Most of us are happy to answer them if we have the time.   Our job is to teach you what we have learned and to help you become successful at keeping Tropical Fish.  There […]

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