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35. Getting Started with Planted Aquariums
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In this episode: Ben, Amy, and Charles take a look at what it takes to get into planted aquariums for the first time as a freshwater aquarist. In this scenario, they talk about hypothetically what it takes to transition into planted tanks. They discuss a hypothetical scenario in which they are converting a non planted aquarium into a planted aquarium. This discussion covers plant choice, substrate, lighting, and fertilization. While setting up a high end aquascape may take more effort or money than a handful of anubias plants, a beautiful tank is possible at any skill level and in most setups with a little careful planning.
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34. Three Tanks Designed around a Saltwater Fish
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We’re keeping the series going this week, but flipping the discussion over to the saltwater side of things!

This episode covers a wide range of marine fish from the common and hardy, to the rare and particular. While Ben, Amy, and Charles do tend to get carried away designing dream systems, most of the fish and aquariums discussed in this episode could be achieved by the average aquarist. 


Questions and suggestions, or just have your own inspiration to share? Comment under this episode, send an email to [email protected] or join us on Facebook to keep the conversation going!!

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33. Three Tanks Designed Around a Freshwater Fish - PART 2
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In the second part of this episode Ben, Amy, and Charles continue discussing aquariums designed around a freshwater fish. Confused? Listen to last week’s episode!

What fish would you design a tank around? Let’s keep the conversation going. Send an email to [email protected], leave a comment, or send us a message on Facebook!
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32. Three Tanks Designed Around a Freshwater Fish - PART 1
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This discussion got away from us a little bit. We had to cut it off halfway through! We often approach setting up a new aquarium by determining what size we can fit and what we can afford, and don’t spend much time thinking about how to stock it until it’s already home. What would our aquariums be like if we took the opposite path? In this episode: Ben, Amy, and Charles discuss their ideas on how to design aquariums around a very specific fish. These aren’t necessarily biotopes, but aquascapes and equipment carefully chosen to showcase the best of a species. Keep an eye out for part 2, coming soon!
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31. Five Freshwater Fish that Make us Smile
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In this episode: Ben, Amy, and Charles share five freshwater fish that make them smile. These memorable fish are the reason so many of us keep and breed particular species, and in a lot of cases are what keep us in the aquarium hobby for so many years.
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30. Amazing Apistogramma
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This is going to be a geeky one! Ben, Charles, and Amy discuss some of their favorite cichlids, the genus Apistogramma. While they do indulge themselves with some deep dives into taxonomy, most of the discussion is centered around a strong affection for these charismatic little fish and details on their care. Whether you are a planted aquarium enthusiast, a master breeder, or a collector of the rare and beautiful there is probably a place for an apisto in your fish room.
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29. Our Top Five Aquarium Myths
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In this episode: Ben, Charles, and Amy tackle some of the misconceptions they often hear around the shop. Some of these have spread like wildfire due to the popularity of Facebook groups and forums, and some have been going around since people started trying to keep fish tanks. 

What misconceptions have you encountered, and which have you grown out of? Leave a comment below or head over to Facebook to join the conversation!

e-mail [email protected] with questions, comments, or concerns.
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28. Five Marine Creatures That Make Us Sad
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In this episode: Ben, Charles, and Amy share stories about saltwater organisms that make them sad. This could be because keeping them is very difficult, or they had a heartbreaking experience with an individual. While we’d never say this kind of discussion is fun, commiserating over our experiences is how we lean the most!
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27. Pest Control: Algae and Snails
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Pests can make or break the success of an aquarium. In this episode Ben, Charles, and Amy discuss where pests come from in freshwater aquariums, how to get rid of them, and most importantly how to prevent them. Have a pest problem? This episode may help!


Send in your questions or comments to [email protected] and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. 

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26. Our Five Dream Freshwater Fish
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You heard them talk about their dream saltwater fish in the last episode. Now Ben, Charles, and Amy are discussing their dream freshwater fish! Many of these are rare fish that they’ve never seen before, but some are fish that deserve a whole tank devoted to them.

What’s your dream fish? Comment on our Facebook page or send an e-mail to [email protected]
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