How to Setup a New Aquarium

Carefully lift the tank into position on top of the styrofoam, making sure it is square with the base. If undergravel filtration has been chosen, the bottom of the tank should be More »

How to Select and Organize a Campsite while Backpacking

Once you arrive at the place where you plan to spend the night, look around for a good area to pitch your tent. You’ll want to avoid obvious drainages (low points that More »

How to Prepare a New Tank

Once the decision to purchase a fish tank has been made, it is easy to get carried away by the excitement, and completely disregard advance planning; and we must stress once again More »

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip Food Menu

Breakfast: Hot cereals are a popular choice. Use one pot to boil water for coffee, hot cocoa or tea, followed by adding enough oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc. for a whole family. More »

How to Pack a Backpack

For years, we taught beginning backpack students to carry no more than 25% of their body weight in their backpack, but this generalization no longer holds true. For a small inexperienced backpacker, More »

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How to Setup a New Aquarium

Carefully lift the tank into position on top of the styrofoam, making sure it is square with the base. If undergravel filtration has been chosen, the bottom of the tank should be completely covered with UG plates, assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on the size of the tank, one or more uplifts should

How to Select and Organize a Campsite while Backpacking

Once you arrive at the place where you plan to spend the night, look around for a good area to pitch your tent. You’ll want to avoid obvious drainages (low points that funnel water). These might flood in case of rain, and the soil can be unstable in these areas. Look for a relatively flat

How to Prepare a New Tank

Once the decision to purchase a fish tank has been made, it is easy to get carried away by the excitement, and completely disregard advance planning; and we must stress once again that planning is essential at every stage, not least when it comes to setting up, i.e. installing the tank, equipment and decor chosen

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip Food Menu

Breakfast: Hot cereals are a popular choice. Use one pot to boil water for coffee, hot cocoa or tea, followed by adding enough oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc. for a whole family. Or, to keep the pot clean, simply boil water and pour it over individual servings of instant oatmeal in each person’s bowl. For

How to Pack a Backpack

For years, we taught beginning backpack students to carry no more than 25% of their body weight in their backpack, but this generalization no longer holds true. For a small inexperienced backpacker, even 25% of their weight may be too much for them to carry. For a large, experienced, strong backpacker, 25% may be hardly

How to Maintain Aquarium Water Quality

Water quality is affected by two main factors: firstly, contaminants (organic and inorganic) which it contains when drawn from the tap, and secondly those which enter it while it is in the aquarium. Both inorganic and organic contaminants are involved. Inorganic contaminants Tap water may contain small quantities of various metallic salts, either naturally or

How to Maintain an Aquarium

Much of the fun in keeping fish is to be found in their regular upkeep, the essential tasks that ensure that they are kept as healthy as possible. By carrying out these tasks according to a regular timetable (such as that provided here), the aquarist can be certain that all important aspects of maintenance are

How to Introduce Fish to Your Aquarium

For most hobbyists the most exciting part of setting up a new aquarium is buying and introducing the fish. Even when the filtration is mature, there is some debate as to whether you should add your fish all at once or in small batches over the ensuing weeks. With freshwater tropicals, if the ‘daily feed’

How to Hike – Hiking Techniques

It may seem silly to talk about hiking techniques. After all, everyone already knows how to walk, don’t they? But hiking up and down hills with a heavy backpack on requires some additional care. In town, walking on sidewalks, it’s safe to make certain assumptionsˇŞthe walking surface is generally smooth, and the curb is always

How to Discover and Combat Illness in Your Aquarium

It is estimated that at least 95% of aquarium ailments are environmental rather than pathogenic, that is, the result of something the aquarist has or has not done, rather than infectious causes. Unfortunately most aquarists find this fact unpalatable and choose to convince themselves otherwise, commonly making an already bad situation worse by misusing medications;

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