Fish Blog

If you’re looking to swim with the big fish… or the small fish… or anything in between, our in-depth Fish Blog section covers everything an avid aquarist needs to know.

Covering all types of aquarium tanks, to cool and interesting ideas for your next fishy endeavor, PetGuide.com’s Fish Blog is the perfect spot for experienced and beginner fish enthusiasts alike. We cover the various aspects of fish keeping as a hobby – from simple planted tanks to complex marine environments, as well as aquarium fish and their compatibility with other species. Dive right into the fascinating world of aquariums!

If you are in need for some tips and ideas on decorating your fish tank with beautiful plants, make sure to hop on over to our Aquatic Plants section. In case you have a saltwater tank and want to create a unique environment for its inhabitants, Coral Reefing is definitely an option worth looking into. Reef tanks are not only great for the fish but a magnificent centerpiece for your home as well! Depending on the type of water in your tank, you will also find invaluable advice and how-to guides in our Freshwater and Saltwater blog chapters, or useful reviews of aquarium equipment in our Fish Products section of the blog.

Wondering about adding a new creature into your aquarium? Read up on our aquarium fish species recommendations, or head on over to our Invertebrates blog, to find out how to chose, introduce and care for various marine critters, including species such as crabs, clams, starfish, and much more.

Create a stunning miniature ecosystem in your aquarium. Petguide.com’s Fish blog has all the resources you’ll need to create, decorate and maintain a gorgeous fish tank, as well as guides on choosing and caring for aquarium fish and other aquatic creatures that will inhabit it!

Top 5 LED Aquarium Lighting Systems

Light up your tank with LED lighting. But which system do you choose? Here are our top five picks for LED aquarium lighting systems.

The Bobbit Worm: Your Saltwater Tank’s Loch Ness Monster

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your tank, your saltwater fish start disappearing! A devious worm may be at the center of this mystery.

The Pros and Cons of CO2 in an Aquarium

CO2 in your aquarium can take your plants from average to extraordinary. But before adding extra to your tank, make sure you know its pros and cons.

Top 3 Marine Invertebrates for Beginners

You're getting creative with your tank, and you're thinking about adding invertebrates to the mix. If you're a beginner, start with these marine inverts.

The Best Aquarium Sand

What are you decorating the bottom of your tank with? We've got some ideas - here's the best aquarium sand on the market.

Unpopular Opinion: Goldfish Belong Outside

Some fish belong in tanks, others need to be outside. And even though you may not like it, the goldfish's place is in a pond.

4 Annoying Pests Found in Your Freshwater Aquarium

Even the smallest pests can mess up the most pristine aquarium. Here are four common (and annoying) pests that could cause problems in your freshwater tank.

Top 5 Fast-Growing Aquarium Plants for Planted Tanks

If you're impatient for growth, you'll want aquarium plants that shoot up quickly. Take a look at these fast-growing aquarium plants for your planted tank.

Best Aquarium Filter Media

There are parts of your aquarium that work behind the scenes to ensure that it works properly. Here's how to choose the best aquarium filter media for your tank.

Product Review: AquaMaxx HOB Protein Skimmer

Let us clarify how important a quality protein skimmer is to your tank. We give the AquaMaxx HOB Protein Skimmer a spin in our aquarium.

Don’t Clam Up: Open Your Tank to Clams

Clams could truly be the treasures of your saltwater aquarium. Available in a wide array of colors and sizes, clams can be the centerpiece of your tank.

Best Supplies for a Betta Fish Tank

Known for their bright colors and long, flowing tails, betta fish are a great option if you're looking for a way to break into the aquarium hobby.

Best Fish Food for Algae Eaters

Finding the perfect combination of aquarium inhabitants is an art. You want to find species that are compatible with each other in terms of size and color, but you also have to think about aggression and diet as well. Once you’ve established the ideal balance, it can be challenging to add a new inhabitant to the tank. If you’re struggling to control problem algae, however, adding a new species could be your best option. Bristlenose Plecostomus, oto cats, and other algae eaters are a natural and long-term solution for problem algae, but they require care of their own.

Aquarium Spotlight: PPG Aquarium in Pittsburgh, PA

Education can be lots of fun - just don't tell the kids that! If you're looking for a family outing in Pittsburgh, PA, drop by the PPG Aquarium.

Ich or White Spot Disease: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

One of the most common diseases affecting aquarium fish, Ich or White Spot Disease is highly contagious. More about the causes, symptoms and treatment.

Tank Stocking: The Truth About The 1 Inch Per Gallon Rule

You've heard about the "one inch of fish per gallon" rule, but there are other factors to keep in mind when you're first stocking your aquarium.

Why I Think Aquarium Rock Collecting Rocks!

Are you into hard rock? Not the music... the kind you put in your aquarium! Here's what you need to know before adding rocks to your tank.

Best Foreground Plants to Use in a Planted Tank

Much thought and planning goes into a vibrant, practical planted tank. Learn how to properly arrange your plants and which ones are best for the foreground.

How to Tell If Aquarium Hobby Right for You

Keeping an aquarium is fun and rewarding - it also takes work. Do you have what it takes to dive into the aquarium hobby?

What Are the Most Attractive Corals for a Reef Tank?

Broccoli, bubbles and... open brains? These are just a few coral types that will bloom in your aquarium and give your reef environment life.

Saltwater Shopping List For Beginners

Starting up a saltwater tank is a lot simpler when you have a must-have list of items. Use this list as a start point for your new saltwater aquarium.

The 5 Stimulating Spawning Methods of Fish

The spawning habits of aquarium fish are fascinating. When it comes to reproducing, fish fall into one of these five spawning types.

Freshwater Clams: An Underutilized Invertebrate

Does your aquarium have a couple of clams? You need to add a few to your tank – these invertebrates are for more than just show. When you think about c…

Top 8 Best Aquarium Plants for Beginners

Welcome to the wonderful world of planted tanks! If you're just getting started, we've made a list of eight aquarium plants that are great for beginners.

Readers’ Picks: The Best Fish Products on Amazon, According to You

This list isn't at all fishy. We went through the most popular fish-related items bought by our readers on Amazon last year to bring you this rundown.

Aquascaping: A Tank of Beauty

A tank can be a place to flex your artistic muscle. If you'd like to set up a stunning aquascape, you'll want to follow these tips to do it right.

Best Automatic Aquarium Feeders

We've put together some tips for choosing and using an automatic aquarium feeder and our top 10 picks for the best automatic aquarium feeders.

Aquarium Basics: Let’s Talk About Amazon Sword Plants

When it comes to freshwater tanks, the Amazon Sword Plant is a fan favorite - for many reasons. Here are the basics you need to know about this tank staple.

Daily and Weekly Coral Reef Tank Maintenance Schedule

You've set up your coral reef tank and it looks spectacular. But don't rest on your laurels - daily and weekly maintenance to make sure it stays that way.

Best Accessories for a Whimsical Fish Tank

Turn your tank into a wonderful, whimsical fish fantasy land! Here are the best accessories you should use for a whimsical fish tank.

How to Properly Acclimate New Fish in the Aquarium

When it comes to aquariums, how you add new fish to your tank is important to their safety and well being. Tips for acclimatizing fish to your aquarium.

6 Popular Aquarium Fish You Need To Avoid

Just because a fish is readily available, it doesn't mean you should keep it in your own aquarium. Here are six fish that shouldn't be in your tank.

Coral Reef-Safe Fish Species for Saltwater Tanks

Pairing the right fish with the right coral makes for a vibrant and healthy aquarium. Here's what saltwater fish will enjoy your coral reef tank.

4 Best Types of Lighting Systems for Planted Aquariums

Got light? The right lights on your aquarium can not only make your tank shine, but it's also necessary component for plants to thrive.

Cichlids: One Of The World’s Most Fascinating Freshwater Fish Specie

Colorful and plentiful, cichlids are a popular freshwater aquarium fish. If you're looking to add them to your tank, here are a few basics to keep in mind.

4 Most Common Mistakes New Aquarium Hobbyists Make

Hey, we all make mistakes. And when it comes to aquariums, there are a few common ones that new hobbyists are bound to make.

Ebb and Grow: Growing and Controlling Algae in Your Aquarium

It doesn't take much for algae to become a problem in your fish tank. There are many reasons why it grows and there are a few ways to keep it under control.

Tips and Tricks for Stocking a Community Tank

You've decided to stock your own community tank. But what fish will get along together in your Zen aquarium? Here's what you need to know.

Fish RX: Hikari PraziPro Fights Parasite Infestations

What do you do when your fish get sick? Before or after parasites invade your aquarium, medicate your fish with Hikari PraziPro.

How to Anchor Live Plants to Driftwood for a Natural Décor Scheme

Driftwood adds a distinct look to an aquarium. To make sure you pull off this style, follow our tips for properly using driftwood as a live plant anchor.

Aquarium Snails: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

What starts out as a small nuisance may end up becoming a "Snail Apocalypse!" Here's how these visitors get into your aquarium and what you can do about it.

Best Medications for Treating Aquarium Fish Diseases

Just like any pet, fish can get sick too. But how can you fight illness in your tank? Here's our list of the best medications for treating aquarium fish diseases.

Product Review: Hydor Professional External Canister Filter

Essential for a healthy aquarium, the right filter keeps water quality in your tank high. Is the Hydor Professional External Canister Filter up for the job?

How To Speak Fish: More Than Just Blowing Bubbles

You may not hear it, but your fish have a way of talking to each other. Even though they don't make a sound, their actions speak louder than words!

How to Handle Stress in Aquarium Fish

It may seem like they're care-free, but aquarium fish can suffer from stress. Here's what you need to look for and what to do if it happens to your fish.

Best 10 Gallon Fish Tanks

Getting a 10 gallon fish tank is an excellent starting point as it is not overwhelmingly big or too challenging. Take a look at he best 10 gallon aquariums!

Multiple Tank Syndrome: It’s Time for a Fish Addict Intervention

Speaking out on her addition to fish and aquariums, Summer Davis suffers from multiple tank syndrome (MTS), and she doesn't care who knows it.

Best Fish Food for Aquarium Fish

What do you plan to feed your fish? If you're just starting out with a tank, you'll want to choose the best fish food for aquarium fish.

5 Fish Questions You Always Wanted to Ask

There's no such thing as a stupid question. But if you're too hesitant to raise your hand, here are 5 fish questions you always wanted to ask.

5 Common Mistakes Made by Reef Keepers

When you're starting out, the smartest thing to do is learn from others' mistakes. Minimize your reef keeping boo-boos and take some advice from the pros.

Readers’ Picks: Top Seachem Products for Aquariums

Seachem is the most trusted name in the aquarium hobby game, according to PetGuide readers. Here we take a look at the top Seachem products on Amazon.

Paludariums Have Room For More Than Just Fish

Who says an aquarium is just for fish? A paludarium can house a host of animals and plants that takes on the feel of your very own exotic wetland!

Finding Dory: The True Tail Behind the Regal Tang Fish

Thanks to Hollywood, the new must-have fish to have is the Regal Tang. But this isn't a fish for the faint hearted - are you up to the challenge?

Best Cannister Filters for Large Aquariums

To ensure your fish are happy and healthy, water quality needs to be optimal. The best way to do that is with a high-quality canister filter.

Buying Guide: Best Betta Fish Tanks

Betta fish tanks are designed to provide optimal comfort to a fish of their size and make sure your vibrantly colored pet thrives in its new environment.

Heating Things Up With Eheim Jager Heaters

Not too cold, not too hot... you want to keep the temperature just right. Buying the right heater sets the right climate for the health of your fish.

Risky Business: Four Types of Dangerous Aquarium Fish

Swimming in the shallow end isn't for everyone. Some people like their fish to have a bit of bite! Check out these four types of dangerous aquarium fish.

Get to Know the Bristlenose Pleco

A lesser known variety of the species, the Bristlenose Pleco has a lot going for it. Easy to care for, this fish makes a great addition to home aquariums.

Add Color to Your Tank With Freshwater Shrimp

Have you ever thought of adding freshwater shrimp to your aquarium? A wonderful addition to any tank, shrimp brighten and bring zest to a tank.

Best Artificial Aquarium Plants

Keeping a tank with live plants can be quite a challenge. If you want the look of a planted tank without the hassle, think about adding artificial aquarium plants.