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Pocket Scaper Phone App for Planted Tanks

The Pocket Scaper phone App has a host of aquarium information on your smartphone.  The android app has a calculator for making concentrations of liquid fertilizers for your tank and tells you how much to use to make solutions.  There is a calculator for dry dosing for those that prefer to …

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Acclimating Cryptocoryne to Emersed Growth

Cryptocorynes can be acclimated to emersed growth with some work and patience.  These aroids are prone to melting back to the rhizome but they will grow back readily if left unaltered.  We see cryptocornes usually submerged at the local fish store and others hobbyists usually offer the plants in trade …

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Why Biotope One Advocates Hobbyist Propagation

Anyone perusing through the Biotope One website probably and hopefully has noticed the amount of information regarding plants and propagating them.  Hobbyists can grow a lot of plants in their free time.  Not only does it help save money but it also helps reduce the strain on some wild plants …

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Small Window Sill Biotop Jar

I wanted to make something that was simple to do and had aquarium plants.  This method is called many things, wabi sabi, insularium, wabi kusa, emersed, among others.  To begin with I found a suitable jar that I could use.  This one came from IKEA and I claimed it for …

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Home Plant Tissue Culture Made Easy

More and more plant tissue cultured aquarium plants are coming available.  They’re becoming affordable too and we can see them in many shops regularly now.  Most plants already in tissue culture can easily be put into multiplication cultures so that you too can grow masses of plants easily.  They even …

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Growing Moss Indoors Made Easy

Moss cultures

Growing Moss in Trays All you need to start is a tray in plastic or stainless steel.  The one I’m using here is 30 x 20 x 5 cm deep. You must drill a couple of holes in the sides about 2 cm up from the bottom so the moss …

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Easy Method to Growing Cryptocoryne Emersed

emersed growth

Easy Method to Growing Cryptocoryne Emersed A great amount of aquarium plants we see online and in the local fish store are grown emersed.  Emersed grown plants are easier to ship.  Since they are not underwater there is little need to try to combat algae or run filters.  Emersed is …

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A Most Amazing Aquarium Store in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Fish Store

Occasionally we see pictures of some crazy fish shops but this is another level.  It is common to see fish pre-bagged in some parts of the world.  This is a well  stocked example of this type of fish store.   If you can take your eyes off the bags hanging …

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Benefits of Catappa Leaves in the Aquarium

By Scott Fellman If you know me, I sound like a “broken record” (wow, that’s a really outdated expression, huh?), blabbing on and on daily about the virtues of Catappa leaves, wood, and aquatic botanicals. I really get excited about leaves! Specifically, Catappa leaves! Catappa leaves have been used by …

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