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Seachem Root Tabs Review

Just added 1 Seachem Flourish Tab next to my Alternanthera Reineckii Mini (AR Mini). Some “fizzing” or bubbling is observed. Not sure if that is due to the root tab, or maybe I disturbed some gas pockets in the substrate. … Continue reading

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Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong Mentions Tropical Fish Shop in his speech on COVID-19

PM Lee Hsien Loong on the COVID-19 pandemic: “I am in this for a very long time to come. To sustain this, I need everybody’s cooperation – safe distancing, personal hygiene, cooperation when we are contact tracing and discipline when … Continue reading

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Underwater Garden

Very low tech 5 gallon tank for my Phoenix Rasboras (Boraras Merah) and Neon Tetras. I just let the plants grow naturally without CO2, with occasional trimmings. If you look carefully, you can see the Horned Nerite Snail eggs (they … Continue reading

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Shrimp Videos

I find that shrimp are just as interesting as fish to keep in an aquarium. Shrimp are very good at tidying/cleaning up the aquarium; it is a great idea to keep some shrimp whenever possible. The easiest shrimp to keep … Continue reading

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AR Mini Low Tech Day 50

Read more at: Alternanthera Reineckii Mini Low Tech Day 50 (12 March 2020): The aquarium light was upgraded around 10 days ago on 2 March 2020. It has helped the AR Mini in my opinion, making it slightly redder. The AR Mini is very … Continue reading

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Anubias Rhizome tied too tight

Anubias tied too tightly I think one of my Anubias rhizomes died (rotted) due to it being tied too tightly. The Anubias rhizome is supposed to be hard and green, if it is soft or brown, something is wrong. For … Continue reading

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Hikari Shrimp Cuisine Review

I find this Hikari Shrimp Cuisine quite good. The pellets are quite small sized so you can control exactly how much you want to feed (down to each individual pellet). Hikari Inc AHK19404 Shrimp Cuisine 0.35 -Ounce How to feed … Continue reading

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Mosquito Rasbora & Neon Tetra

Mosquito Rasbora (Boraras Merah / Phoenix Rasbora) can live peacefully together with neon tetras! The neon tetras mostly ignore the smaller mosquito rasboras, except maybe during feeding time where they try to snatch the food. There has been zero aggression … Continue reading

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Should I fast my fish once a week?

Many aquarium hobbyists propose fasting their fish once a week (i.e. not feeding the fish one day every week). The benefits of doing so include: lower chance of constipation / bloating which may lead to swim bladder disease clear the … Continue reading

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Neon Tetra Bloated

Neon Tetra Bloated (Constipation) One of my neon tetras is bloated/constipated. It has trouble sinking, it is swimming heads down and tails up. Hopefully it does not progress to the dreaded swim bladder disease or dropsy. Possible reasons is that … Continue reading

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Alternanthera Reineckii Mini Low Tech

AR Mini Low Tech This blog post is an experiment on whether Alternanthera Reineckii Mini (AR Mini) can survive in a low tech (i.e. no CO2 supplementation) tank. The plant used is Tropica tissue culture as shown below: Tropica Alternanthera … Continue reading

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Red plant in low tech tank

Just bought this red plant at a local fish store at just $2. I am thinking it is Ludwigia repens (or possibly other type of Ludwigia). Red plant (Ludwigia repens?) in low tech 5 gallon tank. No CO2. I bought … Continue reading

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Tetra Vacation Food Review (Holiday Fish Food)

Just wanted to give a positive review for the Tetra Vacation “Slow Release Feeder” Holiday fish food, which feeds up to 14 days. I went for a vacation for around 12 days, and came back to zero fish/snail/shrimp deaths, and … Continue reading

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DIY Box to Quiet Aquarium Air Pump

The air pump I am using currently is the Ocean Free Zero Noise Z-1000. It is actually already quite quiet (around 4o-45 decibels measured on a free iPhone app “dBMeter”). I decided to create a DIY box to further absorb … Continue reading

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Melafix Review and Research

Melafix is quite a popular medication in the aquarium hobby, by the company API. Chances are most people have at least heard about it. However, there is remarkably little information on this medication online, and whatever information is scattered and … Continue reading

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Aquarium Salt dosage for Planted Tanks

As a general rule of thumb start with 1 tablespoon per 5-7 gallons of aquarium water. This is a safe dose for all fish and plants including salt sensitive corydoras. Source: https://www.ibcbettas.org/aquarium-salt-the-healthy-preventative-v-2-0/ In terms of milliliters, it is approximately: 15 … Continue reading

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Narrow Leaf Java Fern vs Normal Java Fern

It is well known that the Java Fern has different “varieties” — such as “trident”, “Windelov”, “Narrow Leaf” and “Needle Leaf”. I kept normal Java Fern, as well as “Narrow Leaf” Java Fern in Singapore, at a temperature of around … Continue reading

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Taiwan Aquarium Fish Tour

There are many blogs focusing on Taiwan tourism, this blog focuses on the aspect of fish you can see/eat in Taiwan. Koi at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall If you visit the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall in Taipei, do check out … Continue reading

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Saving Rasbora from Dropsy

Recently, my mosquito rasbora (Boraras merah) was acting weirdly by hiding in a corner and sleeping more than usual. Upon closer examination, I found “specks” on it. At first I thought it was velvet. However, this was an old tank … Continue reading

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My Neon Tetra 5 Gallon Planted Tank

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Epsom Salt Treatment for Main Tank Dosage

The recommended dosage seems to be: 1/8 flat teaspoon (around 0.5 ml) per 5 US gallon within aquarium (long term) 1 flat tablespoon (around 15 ml) per gallon for 10 minute bath (short term) Epsom salts can be used to … Continue reading

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Imposter / “Fake” Amano Shrimp that Disappeared Totally

I just realized that 2 of the previous shrimp I bought may not be “true” Amano Shrimp. Basically, they lack the distinctive dots / dashes of true Amano shrimp. See also this site on an example of fake Amano shrimp: … Continue reading

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Betta Fish Tricks

Betta fish are quite intelligent and curious. I trained my Betta fish to do some simple tricks. I bought my 5 Gallon tank on Qoo10: Betta Fish Tank. The modern viewpoint is that Betta should not be kept in small bowls … Continue reading

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Horned Nerite Snails

Some video footage of my new Horned Nerite Snails in the Betta Tank. Really amazing and bright colors. Taken using Canon PowerShot: Canon Camera and Camera Case Singapore The fish tank is 5 Gallon: Betta Fish Tank

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Goby and Shrimp Video (GEP Science)

Amazing “teamwork” between a goby fish and a shrimp! Basically, the shrimp is in charge of digging the burrow, but it is almost blind. The goby fish acts as the sentry to alert the shrimp in case of danger. This … Continue reading

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Malayan Aqua Fern

This “Malayan Aqua Fern” is a very mysterious plant, there is very little information on Google about it. There are two views on it, based on online writings. First viewpoint on Malayan Aqua Fern: The “Malayan Aqua Fern” is none … Continue reading

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Betta Community Tank

My betta in a 5 Gallon tank, together with 2 Amano shrimp (I think that’s the breed though I am not 100% sure) and 1 Zebra Snail. Anyone knows the names of the aquatic plants? I know one of them … Continue reading

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Betta Fish Tank

Betta, also known as Siamese Fighting Fish, are ideal pets for Singaporeans since they require relatively less equipment. Firstly, they are labyrinth fish and can gulp oxygen from the air. Hence, theoretically they can survive without a filter. Filter is … Continue reading

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