Here at Tankarium, we know that starting an aquarium can be an intimidating process. But it doesn’t have to be! We’ve created this site so fish keepers and aquarists of all levels can find the most accurate, informative and high-quality articles about aquariums and maintaining tropical fish on the internet, all in one handy location!



We take our responsibility to provide you with accurate and helpful information very seriously. Every article we publish is written with care and close attention to detail, and all the information we provide is verified and backed-up with references.

Our editorial team has years of experience creating top-quality content for websites and includes a fantastic group of editors, fact-checkers, proofreaders, graphic artists and photographers.

To create Tankarium, we’ve assembled a team of talented writers with extensive education and experience in keeping freshwater and saltwater aquariums, naturally planted live tanks and even terrariums!



Jen Clifford Bio Profile

Jen Clifford - BA In Biology - Writer

Jen Clifford has more than 30 years experience as a biologist, aquarist, and fishkeeper. She started her first aquarium in childhood when she snuck a fishbowl into her bedroom and filled it with African dwarf frogs and ten-cent feeder goldfish.

Her passion grew from there, and by high-school she was breeding African cichlids and selling them for profit. At Reed College, Jen made ends meet by caring for the biology department aquariums and mastered the retail side of the industry by working for a local aquarium specialty store.

Jen is an expert in setting up new tanks and maintaining naturally-planted freshwater habitats, and has experience raising a wide variety of aquatic species. She can help you with any of your fishkeeping problems. Whether you need advice on filters or substrate, or just want to know if you should take the plunge and get an aquarium, Jen has the answers for you!

Alison Page - Aquarist 35+ Years - Writer

Alison Page has been an avid fish keeper since she was about 12 years old and has over 35 years of experience. She started off with a simple 10-gallon aquarium setup and two goldfish called Mister and Missus, although she never actually knew which was which!

For her 15th birthday, she was given a tropical fish setup, complete with tetras, guppies, and dwarf gouramis. She was hooked! To date, she has owned many different species of freshwater tropical fish, including cichlids, discus, bettas and piranhas. She’s also successfully raised numerous spawns of kribensis cichlids and bettas.

Alison currently has two large freshwater tanks. The first tank has two huge fancy goldfish who are almost ten years old and still looking as good as ever. In the other, she has a happy community of tiger barbs, green tiger barbs, Corydoras catfish, platys, and mollies.

Alison Page Bio Profile

Shem "Sherry" Mandajos - CMO

Shem is our Chief Marketing Officer for Tankarium. She has years of experience and oversees our content marketing and management. She is an animal lover with 3 mini Dachshunds and has been around aquariums ever since she was a child.



Our friendly and very experienced writers will never leave you feeling intimidated or talked down to. We know there’s both an art and a science to maintaining an aquarium, and we’ll help you find your own way into this exciting hobby.

We strive to create content that’s fun and easy to read, and breaks each topic down thoroughly for you into understandable bites. Each page is filled with useful and actionable information, and our customized graphics and beautiful pictures will help inspire you to turn your dream aquarium into a reality!​

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Beautiful aquarium on table against color background

Are you looking for advice on the best aquariums, filtration systems, air pumps, light set-ups and/or substrate? Our Product Reviews and Round-ups provide the background you need to pick the perfect system for your home!

Curious about different styles of equipment and which style is best for different situations? Our articles are filled with practical advice based on our years of experience maintaining aquariums. We want to empower you, so you can make the right decisions based on your unique needs, budget and dreams!

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Fighting fish, Siamese fish, in a fish tank decorated with pebbles and trees, Black background.

Wondering what kind of care Betta fish, tetras or other popular tropical species require? Our detailed Species Guides have got you covered, and include everything you need to keep your fish happy and healthy.

Are you a DIY kind of person who enjoys starting exciting projects around your home? Or are you worried these DIYs might be too difficult for a newcomer? Check out our extensive library of DIY aquarium projects, and you’ll see how easy they really are! We walk you through these projects step-by-step, including pictures and a complete list of supplies.

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Are you looking to join an active community that is enthusiastic about fishkeeping? We welcome all aquarists here at Tankarium, no matter if your interest is new and casual or you have decades of experience under your belt!

When you join Tankarium, you become part of a welcoming community of folks dedicated to all things tropical fish. If your passion is fishkeeping, or if you’re interested in learning more about the hobby, then we hope you enjoy browsing our site!



As a forum devoted to tropical fish and aquarium keeping, we love to hear feedback from our readers! You can join in the fun by posting your questions or comments under each article, or you can reach out to us directly at our Contact page.

We’re also active on social media, so you can join the Tankarium team on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest. Come share pictures of your aquarium and fish with us, and tell us about the projects you’re planning!

If you’re interested in advertising on Tankarium, you can find further details and contact information by following the link here!