The Pace Aquatics Blog
As the marketing man for Pace, I’m responsible for the website, the blog posts and the weekly club emails – you’re welcome!
The team feed me the information and, as they are the aquatics experts, they check everything for accuracy before I publish it.
Well they’ve now decided that it’s about time that I dipped my toes in the water (not literally of course) and got myself into the hobby and I think that’s probably a good idea too. As it happened a second-hand Juwel Rio 125 became available for a knock-down price of a case of beers – I know, what a lucky boy I am!
The aquarium has been duly delivered and set up and I thought it would be a good idea to write a series of blog posts on my journey from absolute beginner to (hopefully) someone with a bit of fishy knowledge and authority.
Here’s the basic aquarium. It comes with a built in filter and heater as with all Juwel aquariums. The sand substrate came with the aquarium and was cleaned and laid in the bottom of the tank. The only other thing that came with it was the background image of rocks and plants.
The tap water was treated with Tetra AquaSafe to remove the chlorine and other unsavoury chemicals, making the water suitable for fish and plants. Even though it would be a while before fish would be added I filled the tank to the top, turned on the aquarium heater and waited for the water to heat up to the correct temperature. It took a few hours to clear but once the sand had settled down to the bottom I was impressed with the clarity of the water.
I want to make my mark on the aquarium as soon as possible so my first job was to select some rocks that I had and place these on the sand at the bottom. Before I could do so, they were scrubbed clean with hot water and then left to soak in hot water for a while so that I could be sure they weren’t contaminated in any way.
Whilst I was told to be patient regarding the addition of fish, I could put plants in ASAP. So I’m going to get some good quality aquarium plants as soon as I can so that it really begins to take shape. I’ll keep you updated on my progress in my next blog post.
Cichlids are lovely looking fish to keep and one in particular is an absolute stunner and can definitely live up to the tag of a poor man's marine fish. It's called the Demasoni Cichlid.It's a gorgeous looking fish with a brilliant metallic blue body covered with black bars. It has [...]
If you were to ask someone what their favourite fish is for a tropical aquarium or even name a fish for a tropical fish tank, the Cardinal Tetra is usually the fish that springs to mind, and not without good reason! A well planted tank with a shoal of adult Cardinals [...]
Water from domestic taps is not really the best water to use in aquariums especially marine aquariums as it contains chlorine, phosphates, nitrate and heavy metals (lead, copper and many more) which are not ideal for fish keeping. For most coldwater and tropical freshwater fish, using [...]
Activated carbon is one of the cheapest, most effective and easiest ways of removing organic pollutants, odours and water discolouration from the aquarium. Aquariums laden with a high organic waste can often experience reduced fish growth and are more susceptible to fish disease. By reducing the organic and toxic compounds in [...]
One fantastic little fish that often get overlooked is a great little fish for the smaller aquarium or as a large shoal in a community tank: the Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae). This is one of the smallest fish available for a tropical aquarium growing to a length of about 2.5cm. They are a lovely orange colour [...]
It's important to make sure that your aquarium is sited properly not just to give you maximum enjoyment but also to ensure that your fish are in an environment where they are not likely to be stressed. So what is the ideal environment? A nice quiet, dark corner is ideal to start [...]
The ultimate goal when keeping an aquarium is that it's clean, looks good and the fish are healthy. Probably the most important piece of equipment in your set up to achieve this is your filter, and in our opinion the best types of filters are external.External filters are just that [...]
The Clown Loach... If there was a favourite bottom feeding fish in the hobby of fish keeping, this would be the outright winner.The Clown Loach (Chromobotia Macracanthus) is a fresh water fish found in the inland waters in Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.This is probably the best [...]
To help our customers with Juwel aquariums keep their filter systems in good working order, we have with the assistance of Juwel assembled a timetable to show when filters should be changed and a list of the new names for the Juwel filter media.Juwel media name change [...]