Keeping Aquatics The Basics

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Welcome to Scales and Fins Aquatic Basics Section!

This is the place to start in what will hopefully be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Here we introduce you to the basics and give you advice that will hopefully allow you to make the right decisions when setting up your first aquarium.

Setting Up A Simple Aquarium

Setting Up A Simple Aquarium

In order to set up a successful vivarium there are a few basic principles that you need to understand. One of the most important of these is the temperature gradient.

This section, includes photographs and explanations of the various stages and equipment needed in making a simple vivarium. more...

Different Aquarium Environments

Different Aquarium Environments

Before you setup your aquarium you have an important decision to make which is, what type of environment to create.

There are three different water choices which are then combined with additional factors such as habitat and temperature. more...

Water Chemistry

Water Chemistry

The best way to avoid costly mistakes with your aquarium is to have an understanding of the interaction between water, fish, substrate and bacteria.

In this section we take a brief look at the chemistry that is happening inside your tank and how to monitor it. more...

Aquarium Filtration

Aquarium Filtration

After you have grasped the basics of the chemistry that is occuring in your aquarium, the next topic is how to maintain good quality water.

Here we look at the tree main type of filtration: mechanical, chemical and biological and how they work together to produce a clean environment for your fish. more...

Glossary Of Terms

Glossary Of Terms

When you first enter the hobby of aquatics there are a few words and phrases that may seem foreign to you. Rest assured their meanings are all very straightforward.

So to help you understand we have drawn up a short list of definitions of words and phrases that you will more than likely come across. more...

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