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 Decorate Your Aquarium

Fishes’ surroundings are important to their safety in nature, and to their psychological well-being in captivity. This, and not what you think looks ‘nice’, must be your prime consideration. In the unlikely event that your fish ask you to match the room decor to theirs, then, and only then, will you be justified in asking

How to Choose the Right Wardrobe for Backpacking

I worked in a backpacking store in San Diego in the 1990’s, selling clothing and equipment. I also taught beginning backpacking classes. These included two in-store lessons where we discussed equipment, food, clothing, etc., followed by an introductory overnight trip to the local mountains in the summer and fall, or to the desert in the

How to Choose the Right Raingear for Backpacking

If you’re expecting rain, or want to retain more heat in colder weather, you’ll want a “shell” to wear over your sweater. This could be a simple coated nylon jacket. Just make sure it’s large enough to put on over the sweater. If you find that wearing the two together is too warm, simply remove

How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

Before you schedule a visit to your favorite outdoor equipment store to look for hiking boots, remember: A good fitting, well made pair of boots, coupled with socks to help keep your feet dry and blister-free, will create the foundation of many successful backpacking trips for years to come. Your feet are your only “means

How to Choose an Aquarium

The first and most obvious item of aquarium equipment is a tank. These used to be made by fitting panes of glass into angle-iron frames, and were thus restricted to a simple box shape. Nowadays most tanks are made by sticking pieces of glass together with silicone sealant (all-glass construction). Tanks are also moulded from

How to Choose a Sleeping Pad for Backpacking

No matter what style of sleeping bag you choose, its effectiveness will be much improved by using it with a pad. Pads not only cushion your body against rocks, twigs, pine cones, and other debris, they provide a moisture and temperature barrier underneath your sleeping bag. Since your body weight will compress the down or

How to Choose a Backpacking Stove

Of course, there are still places left in the wilderness today where you can have a campfire, so you could cook over an open fire-pit, using a grill supported by rocks to balance your pots upon. However, stoves are easier to light, will get hotter faster, burn more evenly, and take up less space than

How to Choose a Backpack

Technically, there are two styles of backpacks to choose from for use on several-day backpack trips: external frame and internal frame. There are also the smaller size “daypacksˇ± that have no frame and only moderate structural support, and are typically used for day trips, bicycling, or student’s bookbags. These frameless style packs are generally not

How to Breathe Underwater

One who knows how to breathe underwater reaps a number of advantages. This ability is an advantage to swimmers in a competition when they take lesser breaths so they can be ahead. Breathing underwater is also important during emergencies relating to survival on water so as not to drown as well as saving one who

How to Write an Autobiography

Writing an Autobiography is of great importance when you start your career. This is your face in front of the employer. The autobiography is the only information the employer has about you before the interview. If it is not well written, you may never reach the interview. Therefore it is important that your autobiography is written

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