Bad Choices for Community Tanks

This Practical Fishkeeping article has some great examples of fish which are commonly sold as "community" fish, but are actually very problematic:

DIY Sunlight Blinds by Mattrat505

I thought I would share my solution to a vexing problem. One of the basic rules for setting up fishtanks states.... set up in the darkest part of your house. Excess sunlight will cause problems for your tank. Algae blooms will happen with excess sunlight feeding the little hardy organisms! But, what if you need sunlight for your houseplants? What if your aquariums must be placed in certain high sunlight locations because of necessity? Do you close the blinds and shades and live in darkness?Read more

Reason Number 23 For Hating Fish keeping: Water Changes

So I really do not have 23 reasons why I hate fish keeping, but I figured it would be a catchy title. All of that said I do hate water changes. Honestly, the only thing I hate more than water changes are fish deaths but I will leave those tales of woe for another day.Read more

What Type of Tanks Do You Keep?

1) Planted
21% (4 votes)
2) Schooling
0% (0 votes)
3) Large Cichlids
11% (2 votes)
4) Small Cichlids
16% (3 votes)
5) Snails or Shrimp
5% (1 vote)
6) Predators
0% (0 votes)
7) Rare or Unusual
16% (3 votes)
8) Community
5% (1 vote)
9) Catfish
5% (1 vote)
10) Salt Water
5% (1 vote)
11) Other
16% (3 votes)
Total votes: 19

Tank Cleaning by DENNIS

This is my home made tank siphon, gravel cleaner & tank filler. It is made from 1/2" schedule 40 pvc pipe and fittings, a gravel cleaner with hose and strainers from old filters. The pvc can be purchased at your local hardware store, the gravel cleaner at a fish store and the strainers at yard sales, flea markets or second hand stores, the strainers are the hardest to come by if you do not have used filters. The length of the long pipe depends on the depth of your tank and how much water you want to drain.The strainer and elbow can be interchanged with the long and short pipe.Read more

A Perspective on Filters by DENNIS

Here are my personal pros and cons on filters I have used. All filters have aplace depending on the tank size, substratum, type and size of fish of fish, plants, room and looks. I have used or am using sponge filters, undergravel filters, power filters, in tank filters and canister filters.

SPONGE FILTERS: I have not had good luck with sponge filters because they get clogged to fast for my tanks. I have to clean them daily. I fell that they might be good for tanks of 10 gals. or less.Read more

New video up at Extreme Aquatics!

There is a new video up at Extreme Aquatics on how to clean algae on an acrylic tank. Check it out:

Would you be interested in a get-together for members of the forums?

Definitely yes!
55% (22 votes)
43% (17 votes)
Most likely not.
3% (1 vote)
I'm not sure...
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 40

Philosophy of Aquarium Filtration

These are some of my thoughts on filtering aquariums. I don't claim to be an expert, but this system has worked well for me in raising a variety of African cichlids.Read more


Welcome to! I'm starting this site to encourage a community to build up around the fish-keeping hobby here in New Mexico. I'm based in Albuquerque, but would love to see participation from other parts of the state.

I hope that one of the main functions of this site will be to provide a place to talk about our fish, share experiences, and find other enthusiasts to swap fish with. Please create an account with your real name, and introduce yourself in the general forum!


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