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!

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.

Best Aquarium Substrates for Planted Tanks

What's at the bottom of the best aquariums? The best substrates! Here's our list of the best aquarium substrates for planted tanks.

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?

Fishy Secrets Revealed: The Pros’ Most Embarrassing Stories

We all have those forehead-slapping moments when we make a stupid mistake. Hey, not to worry - even the most seasoned of fish pros have made a few missteps.

Best Saltwater Aquarium Kit

A saltwater aquarium kit lets you create a gorgeous tank without much hassle - they contain everything you need to get started.

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.

Biotope Tanks: What Are They and How Do You Cultivate One?

Before you buy, have you narrowed down your choice of fish tank? If you're looking into freshwater, the Biotope tank may be just what you're looking for.

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 Use Aquatic Mosses in Your Planted Tank

To make your tank truly spectacular, try adding moss to the mix. With many types to choose from, moss adds a lush and natural touch to your aquarium.

Colorful Tips for Starting a Nano Reef Tank

Amazing things come in smaller packages. If you live in a smaller space and you're a coral enthusiast, set up a nano reef tank.

Growing and Propagating Your Own Coral

Feel like fragging? If you want to propagate your own coral, you sure do! This cost-effective practice lets you grow your own coral.

Top 8 All-In-One Aquariums

You want a fish tank, but you want everything you need in one package so you've got the essentials. Here's our list of top 5 all-in-one aquariums.

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.

Stay Tuned For Aquarium’s Got Talent

What amazing talent lurks in your tank? Take a front row seat - you won't believe the specular show that's going on in your aquarium!

Mail Call: The Ins and Outs of Shipping and Receiving Fish

If you can't go to the fish, perhaps the fish can come to you. Here are the essentials of shipping and receiving fish through the mail.

Aquarium Biology 101: Anatomy of a Fish

We all know that a fish has gills and fins... but there's more to them than just a few basic parts. Get ready for our crash course in "Anatomy of a Fish."

Top 5 Low Light Corals for a Beginner Reef Tank

You want to start a coral reef tank, but you're not sure where to start. Here are five types of coral that are great for beginners.

Tips for Converting From a Fish-Only to a Planted Tank

You've decided to make a change from a fish-only to a planted tank. When you're ready to add live plants to the mix, here are some tips you should follow.

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!

Join the Club: The Eastern Betta Society

Want to join like-minded fish enthusiasts near you? The Eastern Betta Society in an online community where you can log in and talk betta!

6 Easy Hacks to Cure Fish Boredom

Just like any other pet, fish can become bored, too. And while they won't chew up your shoes, keeping them occupied will ensure they live a healthier life.

Best Affordable Supplies for a 20-Gallon Tank

Thinking about getting a home aquarium? You need more than a tank! Here's our list of best affordable supplies for a 20-gallon tank.

Hop to It: My Introduction to African Dwarf Frogs

When your child's school sends her home with a new amphibian friend, you've got to adapt your aquarium to suit the little jumper's needs - ASAP!

Conditioning Your Fish Tank With Seachem Prime

To remove chlorine from tap water so that it's safe for your aquarium, you'll need a prime water conditioner. And Seachem Prime is what the pros recommend.

Best Aquarium Stands and Cabinets

You can't just put a full aquarium on any piece of furniture - it has to be made to take the weight of your tank. Here are our picks for awesome aquarium stands and cabinets.�

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.

The Best Aquarium Thermometers

Keeping your tank water at the perfect temperature is extremely important. That's why you need the best aquarium thermometer for your tank.

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.

Confessions of a Tank Addict: YouTube Fish Fanatic Rachel O’Leary

The first step is admitting you have a problem. The second step is to set up a YouTube channel and record your tank obsession - just like Rachel O'Leary!

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.

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.

Go Green With EcoQube Air, the World’s First Desktop Greenhouse For

Kickstarter has the coolest products - look at the EcoQube Air. Grow a garden on your desktop and use your smartphone to control the greenhouse's settings!

Best Aquarium Testing Supplies

Depending on what kind of fish you're stocking your tank with, you're going to need to test the water to make sure it's just right. Here are the best aquarium testing supplies to help you out.�

Suck It Up: Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System

Sucking up dirty water from your tank and filling it up with clean H2O can be time consuming. Let the Python Aquarium Maintenance System do the job for you!

Expand Your Saltwater Tank With a Refugium

Want tag on a new addition to your saltwater tank? With a refugium, you can add greater water capacity to your main tank for a host of benefits.

Can You Sustain a Planted Tank Without a Filter?

You don't have fish in your aquarium, just plants. That means you don't need a filter, right? Here's why you may want to add a filter to your planted tank.

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.

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.

Above the Water’s Surface: A Guide to Emersed Plant Growth

A different take on planted tanks, emersed plant life gives your aquarium dimension. Let's talk about the ins and outs of emersed aquarium plants.

Take a Walk On the Wild Side of Bettas

Take a walk on the wild side! You know about bettas, but do you know about wild betta fish? Let's look at wild bettas that can be kept in an aquarium.

The Benefits of Hermit Crabs in Your Aquarium

The hermit crab isn't just a pretty shell - this invertebrate likes to clean up after itself. Here's why you should let a hermit crab move into your tank.

Our Guide to the Best Nano Tanks

Short on space, but love fish? A nano tank may just fill that empty space in your home. Here are the best nano tanks we've found.

Betta Leaf Hammock is the Perfect Fit for Any Tank

Researchers suggest keeping bettas happy by housing them in large, landscaped tanks. This hammock is a great addition to any enclosure.

Best Sponge Filters for Aquariums

Sponge filters provide mechanical filtration and, over time, may provide biological filtration as well.

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.

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.

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.

Exploring The Riparium: A New Kind of Planted Tank

Also known as a �Riverbank Aquarium,� the Riparium is growing in popularity. Let's go over the basics of this new planted tank trend.

Best Reef Aquarium Supplements

There are unique challenges to keeping a reef aquarium. To properly maintain this type of tank, you need the right reef aquarium supplements.�

Top 5 Invertebrates to Hire For Your Freshwater Cleanup Crew

Taking care of your aquarium is hard work - you need to bring in some extra muscle! Here are 5 invertebrates that you want on your freshwater cleanup crew.

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.

Daddy Dearest: A Look at Fish Fathers

Being a dad isn't easy - even when you're a fish! Fish fathers have an important role to fill when it comes to reproduction and caring for their offspring.

Which is the Best Choice: Canister Vs Hang-On Filters?

One of the most important pieces of equipment you'll need for your aquarium is a filter. The canister or hang-on filter - which one is best for your needs?

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.

7 Common Types of Algae Found in Freshwater Aquariums

It's not easy being green... or brown... or red. How many different types of freshwater algae are you familiar with and how to you control it?

Best Aquarium Hoods

Don't just think about the design of your tank - you also have to remember the practical elements. With that in mind, here are our picks for the best aquarium hoods.

Tetra 101: Introduction to Schools of Fish

It's time to go back to school - we're going to educate you on schools of fish. Before you head to the front of the class, we'll teach you about tetras.

Keeping Carnivorous Plants in Your Home Aquarium

Don’t let the name scare you off. Adding carnivorous plants to your tank can take your aquarium to a new level of uniqueness. When you are ready to s…

Why You’ll Want to Add Mystery Snails to Your Aquarium

Mystery snails are a welcome addition to an aquarium. Colorful and community oriented, these crustaceans will clean up after themselves and tank mates.