High quality fish food is the key to healthy and brightly colored fish. However, high quality commercial fish food can be more expensive than DIY fish food and is often packed with numerous preservatives and even growth hormones. In nature fish eat a variety of plants and organisms in a balanced diet. Far different from the flakes they are fed each day.
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Lowering the aquarium pH is a common issue faced by fish keepers. While commercial products work, it is always recommended to lower aquarium pH naturally. A stable pH range should be established that is suitable for the species of fish you are keeping. South American fish (especially amazonian variety) usually prefer softer water conditions with a lower pH. Cichlids generally prefer a higher pH and other species may be more neutral.
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Setting up your aquarium can be difficult. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the fish tank. This guide will help speed up your setup process. Ensuring you have the right tools for the job is very important. You will also need to think ahead to have the necessary care requirements for your fish. We will start at the beginning assuming you have purchased nothing and then slowly make our way to the final step. This guide will educate and elaborate on the important basics and why they are necessary.
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