Aquarium Fish Care & Tips 

CICHLIDS!

A fish update, a milestone celebration and a special message for you. Three years ago I uploaded my first YouTube video. The title was simply “Cichlids.” Honestly I was quite shocked that a few people actually found it and took the time to watch it. That’s where my YouTuber addiction started 😀 I was influenced early on by numerous fish keepers that were posting to YT. To name a few, John Hudson (KGTropicals), Jay Wilson, IFG (Eaven Alexander, #HAPNATION) and many, many others, far too many to list here. A…

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Aquarium Fish Care & Tips 

What is KH??? GH??? pH???

What’s in our water? Because it looks clean and clear doesn’t mean that it’s healthy! Here I talk about some invisible factors that are critical to the health and look of our fish. Please add to the conversation below. This topic can get very involved and complicated but any comments that can simplify and increase everyone’s understanding of these factors will be greatly appreciated. I hope this helps and as I continue to read up on this I will post updates on this important but often misunderstood or neglected aspect…

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Aquarium Fish Care & Tips 

Three Fish Topics to Avoid at All Costs (Unless You Want to Argue!)

Are there some fish keeping subjects that are better left alone? Have you ever asked a question and immediately regreted it? Have you ever been verbally attacked by another fish keeper because of how you were doing something? It never ceases to amaze me how heated some fish discussions can get. Numerous times one of the Moderators at the Ben O’Cichlid Facebook group has had to step in and get everybody to take a deep breath and dial it down a notch or two. Several times we’ve even been forced…

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Aquarium Fish Care & Tips 

Algae Harvest! Let’s Make Some Pleco Treats!

Let’s harvest some algae and make some pleco treats! If you follow my channel you know that I consider algae a GOOD thing! It eats nitrates and gives off oxygen. What’s not to like? At the same time we don’t want our glass and decor covered with algae. How do we harness the benefits of algae while controlling where the algae is located? This is where the team a Santa Monica Filtration come in. In this video I spotlight the HOG (Hang On Glass) unit and how I harvest the…

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