Advice videos from Tyne Valley Aquatics are intended as GUIDES ONLY since there are often numerous ways to achieve the same goal and aquarium water conditions differ from tank to tank. Thanks for watching - Enjoy
Aquarium Advice Videos
Keeping pH down is important for South American cichlids, killifish and rasbora species.
Since most tap water is pH>7 we produced this video to show how you can reduce it easily and cheaply. To buy the products, please click HERE
How to lower pH in an aquarium
Plants are important to provide habitat, reduce excess nitrates and oxygenating the water.
We made this video to give tips on planting and maintenance.
Aquarium planting tips and advice
Air pump set-up and advice
An air pump is essential in an aquarium.
This video was made to explain the correct installation and also uses and benefits.
Bubbling air helps to stabilise Oxygen/Carbon Dioxide levels, boosts biological activity in a filter and aids in the release of pollutants from the tank (gaseous exchange).
Video showing how to make a simple moving bed filter for use in an aquarium.
Made with: Plastic bottle, silicone suckers, air pump, airline and K1 filter media.
We use these filters in discus, angel and dwarf cichlid tanks and ammonia & nitrite always read zero when we test the water. To buy the media, click HERE
How to make a moving bed filter for an aquarium
An improved design for the aquarium moving bed filter.
By adding foam around the inlet, debris is caught so water is kept clean and healthy. Excellent for breeding tanks as fry can get food from exposed foam. Shrimps will also feed on food / algae trapped in the foam.
To buy the media, click HERE
Improved design of moving bed filter (Mk.2)
Video showing the best design so far for a moving bed filter in an aquarium. This design uses a new ceramic media called 'Biomotion' which has a massive surface area compared to plastic media. It is also suitable for external filters, overhead filters and trickle filters.
To buy any filter media products, click HERE
Best moving bed filter design
Very useful for malawi / tanganyikan cichlids, loaches and spiny catfish / plecs.
By using a bottle trap made from a plastic drinks bottle, you can catch fish without taking the decor out of the tank. Quickly catch small fish.
Leave baited in rocky tanks and check regularly.
If entrance of trap is dug into gravel / sand, fish will swim straight in and be trapped.
How to catch spooky fish in an aquarium
Video showing the introduction of tropical fish received by overnight delivery and how to ensure that the transition to your tank is as manageable as possible for the fish.
This is a very important process as if a fish is going to suffer stress leading to death, lack of proper acclimitisation is normally the trigger for any subsequent problems.
Slow and steady always wins this race.
How to introduce new fish to your aquarium
Video showing the various techniques and products necessary to create conditions which fish find favourable for spawning.
How to breed fish in your aquarium
Video showing the process involved in fixing suckers to bogwood.
How to make Suckered Bogwood
Gravel or Sand?
Video showing the benefits and drawbacks of using either gravel or sand as the substrate in an aquarium. We would always recommend sand for a tropical aquarium unless it has an undergravel filter as most aquarium gravels will buffer the pH above 7 which won't be suitable for many South American species e.g. Tetras, Discus, Angelfish, Loaches etc. and other 'soft water' fish.