Hot Fish How-Tos

How To: Make a homemade fish aquarium filter

This is a short video of a DIY filter for a small aquarium. It works off the same concept as a sponge filter, but could be built to use and common HOB filter. You will need a Cool Whip container, a PVC pipe, silicone, airline and a pump. Watch this video pet care tutorial and learn how to make an aquarium filter at home for your pet fish.

How To: Make a DIY aquarium background

This is how to make a DIY aquarium or fish tank background. Some people's methods may differ from these, but this is the easiest, most inexpensive way. You may want to listen to the Incubus song "The Warmth" while you are doing it. (Wait--is that Brandon Boyd?)

How To: Maintain a filter

Did you just set up your fish tank? Have you installed a filter in your aquarium, but don't know how to maintain and clean your tank? Good tank maintenance will keep your aquarium healthy for years to come. This video only covers one part of cleaning your tank. However, a close-up on filer maintenance, it emphasizes a subtle, yet critical detail. Not only is this video is a great reminder that you should never wash your filter in tap water, but it also provides a clear explanation of the affe...

How To: Set up a cold water fish tank

This video will show you how to set up an aquarium for cold water or temperate fish, such as goldfish. It will show you how to add gravel, water, plants and equipment to your new aquarium. Set up a cold water fish tank.

How To: Clean and maintain a fish tank

Fish are among the most popular of all domestic pets. From the humble goldfish to the most complicated and beautiful aquatic micro-environments, they offer owners years of pleasure and serene viewing. Moreover, they are relatively easy to care for; however, like many pets, there is a lot to learn about this finned friend. Good tank maintenance will keep your aquarium healthy for years to come. Keep your fish healthy by watching this film, which will show you the basics of keeping your fish ta...

How To: Make a cheap aquarium filter

Aquarium filters can be expensive to replace, but are important for the health and happiness of your aquatic friends. This video tutorial shows you how to keep your pet fish in good condition by making a replacement aquarium filter out of a soda bottle and a few other household supplies.

How To: Start a gravel vacuum for a fish tank

Instructional video explaining how to start a siphoning gravel vacuum. Create a siphon or suction through a tube to clean a fish tank. The carbon gravel will clean the water of junk or debris. Fish tank maintenance is critical to keeping the fish and aquatic life healthy and happy.

How To: Make an aquarium with a USB powered LED light

This is a video tutorial on how to make a USB aquarium powered by a under-gravel LED bulb that is powered by a USB port. With a bit of simple engineering, build a circuit to provide elegant lighting to your aquarium. Connect the wiring to the air pump for a cool lighted bubble effect. Plus, it's powered by your computer! Don't use expensive fish, or those which are sensitive to DC Currents. Don't do this project in a saline water tank, because salt conducts more electricity.

How To: Vent a fish

Scientific studies have shown that species with large swimbladders, especially bottom dwelling fish such as grouper and snapper, derive an immediate benefit from venting.

How To: Obtain information abut the Humboldt squid (red devil)

Six feet long and always hungry, the Humboldt squid, aka the "red devil", is one of the most dangerous yet intelligent predators of the deep. This incredible squid has 3 hearts, keen eye sight, a giant brain, 2 lightning fast tentacles, 8 grasping arms and razor sharp teeth. The red devil squid come out at dusk. They come up from 2300 feet to 200 feet. Obtain information abut the Humboldt squid (red devil).

How To: Care for pet fish and their aquariums

When you have a pet fish, their aquarium is their whole world. You keep your little friends in their tank from birth through the rest of their lives, so why not make it safe and comfortable for them? In this tutorial, pet expert Marc Morrone, teaches you all about fish and aquarium science so that you can make sure your pets are healthy and safe. Follow along and balance your water and keep your tank clean so your fish live longer lives.

How To: Feed and take care of your pet fish

In this clip, learn all about pet fish from pet expert, Marc Morrone. Marc will walk you through the rows and rows of fish food at your pet store so you know exactly what type is best for your pet fish. Make sure your little buddies live long, healthy and happy lives with the right amount and variety of fish food. Not sure if your fish needs pellets or flakes? Marc is here to help!

How To: Drill a live rock for a saltwater reef tank

This is a video showing the drilling of live rock from a saltwater reef tank. The 1/2" holes are used for mounting pegs made from acrylic rods or other types of pegs or frag plugs. The live coral are attached to the end of the peg and can easily be positioned in the tank. This process also facilitates moving the coral to another location at a later time, they can be removed from the holes somewhat easily. It also prevents coral from falling as once its pegged well, its pretty much going to st...

How To: Choose fish for a cold water fish tank

This film will show you how to select fish for a cold water temperate aquarium. It will help you decide which types to choose and how many to keep in your tank. The type and number of fish you can keep will depend on the size of your tank. An easy formula for calculating how many fish you can keep is to multiply the length of the tank by the width to get the surface area, and then divide this number by 60. There are several species of cold water fish, also known as temperate fish, which can b...

How To: Look after a goldfish

Goldfish are very easy to care for, making them a popular pet and perfect for beginners and first-time pet owners. To get started you need only a goldfish and a fish tank. The type of aquarium you choose to keep your fish in is very important and often overlooked. This video will help you choose between a flat-sided tank and a round fishbowl. The second choice you must make is which type of goldfish. There are two types, the first being the long-bodied types such as the Common Goldfish and th...

How To: Cycle a fish tank

Getting a fish? The first thing you'll need to learn in order to keep it alive, is how to prepare your aquarium and its water. Ensure a healthy, balanced environment in your aquarium by following this simple process.

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