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Koi vs Goldfish

KOI VS GOLDFISH – WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR PONDS (7 Differences)

Have you ever been to fishing exhibitions? If you have, chances are that you have had a hard time distinguishing between Koi and Goldfish amid fish galore.

And that’s not just you! Anyone can confuse the two breeds because of their uncanny resemblance. Even though Koi and goldfish look so much alike, they are actually two completely different varieties with distinctive characteristics.

In this article, I’ll put my years of experience to use and show you some of the obvious differences between Koi fish and goldfish that should help you identify the two easily.

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Best Place To Buy Fish Online

What’s The Best Place To Buy Fish Online? Here’s My Top 15

Looking for the best place to buy fish online? I get this asked to me a lot and it brings back memories when I started out in the saltwater tank hobby back in the early 90s. Back then you just went to the local fish store to get your fish, live plants, and corals. I remember there was a store called Flying Fish Express and me trying to myself how crazy this is that you can get a fish shipped to you overnight.

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Best Canister Filter Reviews

11 Best Canister Filters Of 2024 [Tested & Reviewed]

For those hobbyists getting serious about aquarium keeping, high quality filtration is top of mind for keeping the best fish only and planted tank systems. While hang on back power filters have their place in community community setups, there are setups with heavier demands like planted and predator tanks that require a high end filtration solution. This is where canister filters come in.

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Freshwater Shrimp Tank

How to Set up a Freshwater Shrimp Tank: The Ultimate Guide

Shrimp tanks are getting very popular these days. Shrimp with their small size, active nature, and appealing personality have increased in popularity especially with nano or smaller tanks. Shrimp tanks have some special considerations though to be successful. They can be intimating at first because they can be more delicate than fish and require a bit more planning then first.

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Best Driftwood for Aquariums

The 9 Best Driftwood For Aquariums For 2024 – Reviewed

Driftwood in an Aquarium can look stunning and offer lot of options for designing your aquarium. They can make some really amazing aquascapes, especially heavily planted ones. We need to be careful in our driftwood selection process though. 

Today’s post discusses the best driftwood for aquariums. Much like the best aquarium rocks post earlier, driftwood is not as simple as picking it out of of your local pond or aquarium. Driftwood if not selected or prepped properly can have disastrous results in your aquarium.

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Gold Fish Tank

Goldfish Tank – Your Guide To Successful Goldfish Care

The Goldfish is one of the most popular fish in our aquarium hobby. It may even have been the first fish you had when you first got introduced to aquariums. You may have even come across this article thinking about setting up a Goldfish tank for the first time or for a loved one. They really are an amazing fish that are also easily misunderstood. Because they are usually a first-time fish, a number of us enter into Goldfish care and keeping with little knowledge on what is needed to have them thrive.

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Best LED Lighting For Reef Tanks

The 12 Best LED Lighting For Reef Tanks Of 2024 – Tested And Reviewed

LED lighting systems are the rage these days for Reef Tanks. It makes a lot of sense why. The best LED lighting systems will have a lot of user friendly features like timers, ramp up and ramp down features, the ability to adjust spectrum, and multiple mount options. The main attraction for LED though, is the power savings features. LEDs are a lot more energy efficient than traditional T5s and metal halides.

In today’s post, I’m going to go through the best LED lighting for Reef Tanks. I will break what these systems are best for, what they are good and not good at, and offer our recommended picks. The end goal is to provide the necessary information you need to make an informed decision as to what is the best LED lighting system for you. Let’s get started!

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Bubble Tip Anemone Care Guide (Have Success with BTAs)

Many of us got interested in saltwater fish by seeing clownfish and anemones. It is a very common desire to eventually want to pair your clown with an anemone. While a captive raised clownfish is a easy to care for fish, an anemone is considered a more difficult to keep invertebrate. They require stability, a high amount of light, and good flow. I’m writing this guide because I get asked a lot from clients how they can keep an anemone. I’m going to focus today on the easiest to keep anemone that a clownfish will host – the bubble tip anemone.

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About Aquarium store depot

Who are we?

Our Philosophy

Aquarium Store Depot was established by fellow aquarist, Mark, to simplify the hobby. 

As a regular shopper on other aquarium e-stores, he often grew frustrated at the overwhelming selection of products and the general nature of seeing companies trying to sell the latest and greatest tech (toys) to the industry. 

At Aquarium Store Depot, we seek to change that by offering a limited selection of products vetted out by our creator’s experience as a fellow fish enthusiast. 

We only sell what works, brands we trust, and products we know will make a difference to you

Our mission is to simplify the aquarium hobby so the beginner can thrive.

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About The Site Owner

Thank you for visiting my site. My name is Mark Valderrama and I have been involved in the aquarium community since I was 11 starting out with a saltwater tank (yes, I went for the hard stuff first).

Yes, I am a real person. I’m not some fake AI image or persona that you may see from other aquarium blogs. I go to trade shows and have known aquarium influencers like MetroKat and Robert Lupton for years. 

Back when I started in the 90s, there wasn’t a lot of information out there on the internet and your local fish store or other hobbyist was all you have. I started this site originally as a way to put my notes down as many aquarists over the years asked me for advise. It’s growth organically over the years and I feel blessed to have this opportunity to share my insights with you.

Mark Valderrama

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Fish Tank Ideas

Fish Tank Ideas – 30+ Inspiring Tanks

Are you planning a new aquarium? Choosing a design and layout is super fun, but it can also be pretty intimidating if you’ve never done it before. In this post, I’ll show you some excellent fish tank ideas from across the web and share some hints to give you some fish tank inspiration!

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Glofish With Betta

GloFish With Betta – Can They Coexist?

While GloFish are generally not considered a good tank mate for betta fish, there is one kind that could bring some excitement to the bottom of your betta tank! Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about GloFish with bettas which GloFish option is right for you.

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Smallest Goldfish

Here Are The Top 12 Smallest Goldfish (With Pictures!)

If you’re in search of the smallest goldfish for your compact tank, you’ve come to the right place. This article lists the top breeds that don’t just fit in—they thrive in smaller aquatic environments. Get ready to explore options that celebrate size in small packages, tailored for limited spaces.

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Fish In Cycling

Emergency Series – Fish In Cycling (How To Pull It Off)

An aquarium cycle is essential for a fish tank to sustain life and thrive for years to come; a healthy cycle leads to a healthy tank. This is usually a fishless process, but having livestock present is possible under certain conditions. Fish In Cycling is not recommended for the average hobbyist, but you might find yourself in this challenging position unintentionally.

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Fish That Look Like Snakes

15 Fish That Look Like Snakes

Are you an aquarium keeper who likes snakes more than fish in your aquarium? Fret not. There are many aquarists who love snakes and other reptiles. However, some prefer to keep fish that look like snakes.

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Small Pleco Species

15 Great Small Pleco Species (With Pictures!)

It’s not uncommon to think this since you may have heard how big some species get. In today’s blog post, I will focus on small pleco species. These plecos are some of the smallest pleco species in the hobby and will fit in many community tanks. There are many options for you to choose from, but I’m focusing on my top 15, all with key info and photos to help you pick the best one for you!

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