Are Live Plants Good For Aquarium Fish?

Are live plants good for aquarium fish? Spoiler: yes. Depending on how curious you are as to why they’re good for your fish, you might be able to stop reading here! Although, in this article’s defense, it’s a quick, easy, and informative read so I implore you to stick it out. Also, the more you … Read more

Is it Okay to Keep Betta Fish in a Vase?

Is it okay to keep betta fish in a vase? Well, the popular answer would be a simple no. However, the truth is much, much more complicated. Am I suggesting a newcomer should blindly buy a betta fish from Petsmart and shove it into a vase? Absolutely not! But, am I saying it’s possible to … Read more

Can Hillstream Loaches Be Kept In Cold Water?

Hillstream loaches are often sold in the cold water section of your local pet store or fish store. When they first arrived in the hobby they were often mislabeled as “hong kong plecos” or “coldwater algae eaters”. Although, luckily, the tendency to mislabel these fish is declining. So, since they’re sold next to coldwater fish … Read more

Why Are Koi So Expensive?

Why are koi so expensive? It’s a good question to think about because the answer is multifaceted. And those elements that make up the answer are quite interesting. Although, before we get into answering the question, we have to modify the question. Because koi can be very inexpensive. “Why are SOME koi so expensive?” is … Read more

Cichlids For Community Aquariums – 5 Of The Best

Ever wondered which are the best cichlids for your community aquarium? Cichlids are really interesting fish to keep. This is because they often combine attractive colors with compelling behavior. But, a lot of the larger and aggressive cichlids aren’t a good fit for community tanks. So, here we have a list of five of the … Read more

Oscar vs Flowerhorn – Which Is The Best “Wet Pet”?

Oscar vs flowerhorn! Which is the best wet pet? It’s tough to say, so I thought I’d run through the pros and cons of each. If you’ve been struggling to decide between them, well, hopefully by the end of this article you will have made your mind up! What Is A “Wet Pet” Anyway? You … Read more

Oscar Laying On Its Side? What Does It Mean?

Have you ever noticed your oscar laying on its side, on the bottom of the aquarium? The first time you see your oscar do this, you might be inclined to panic. Because, after all, it’s usually a bad sign to see a midwater aquarium fish laying, almost motionless on the bottom of the tank. But, … Read more

Feeder Fish Are Bad For Your Oscar, Unless…

A lot of people like to feed young goldfish and minnows to their oscars. Feeder fish is a tough topic in our hobby. In my experience, how people feel about it depends on how “sentimental” a person is about fish. And I’m very sentimental. I love fish, and the idea of feeding one fish to … Read more

Oscars Fighting: How Can You Stop It?

Lutino oscar with a standard colored oscar cichlid

Oscars fight, it’s what they do. Not all of them fight, but a good portion of oscars are just naturally quarrelsome. In nature oscars are territorial. In the wild their territory will be much bigger than the tanks the vast majority of us can provide. But, like I say, not all oscars fight—some are nice … Read more