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Aquarium Lighting

This is a fairly extensive and advanced guide related to aquarium lighting. If you are a beginner, this may be more information than is really necessary for your lighting choice. For more simple instructions go to How to Setup an Aquarium. Below we go over the terminology for our lights including: Kelvin rating, PAR, Lumens, Nanometers, and Watts. 1) Kelvin Rating (color temperature) Kelvin rating in lights is somewhat different than Kelvin rating as it is more commonly understood in thermodynamics. Kelvin is a unit of measurement used in the International System of Units (SI) respresented by the symbol K. The Kelvin scale is an absolute temperature scale using at its lowest point absolute zero, the temperature where all thermal...

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Breeding Dwarf Shrimp

One of the most awesome and rewarding parts of keeping dwarf shrimp is being able to see generation after generation grow and mature in a short time.  For the most part, breeding dwarf shrimp is an easy process.  It requires keeping shrimp in the proper parameters for their breed and also a little attention to detail for success. Preparation In order for the entire breeding process to be safe and successful it is important to ensure that several things are in place.  First of all you need to be certain your water parameters are correctly calibrated for the type of shrimp you are intending to breed.  The primary reason for getting the water chemistry just right, is that if the...

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How to Set Up an Aquarium for Shrimp

Aquariums are beautiful snapshots of nature's underwater grandeur. Designing and preparing an aquarium for its inhabitants can seem like a fairly daunting task. The basic things any successful shrimp aquarium is going to need are: the tank, a filtration system, substrate, plants or decorations, and water. Some of these may seem silly or redundant when approaching our aquarium design, however each deserves particular attention to ensure the long-term health and quality of our mini-ecosystem. 1) The Tank For shrimp, the tank can be of any size or general shape. Shrimp tend to be healthier and happier in larger tanks, but even a 5 gallon tank can be a happy home for any kind of dwarf shrimp. A large tank, such...

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