BA In Biology
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!
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Pictus catfish are active and friendly scavengers that make great additions to large freshwater aquariums, so check out our detailed care and feeding guide!
Starting an aquarium can be intimidating, so I’ve compiled these 15 tips for beginners to learn how to care for freshwater fish!
Carbon dioxide is a critical fertilizer if you want a lush, planted aquarium, so check out this guide to the best CO2 diffusers!
This guide to the 15 most-popular flowering aquarium plants will help you find the perfect underwater bloomer for any size tank, and includes detailed care info!
A brief guide to setting up turtle tanks. Includes an extensive list of attractive and cool turtle tank ideas from easy kits to extensive DIY turtle aquariums!
Planted tanks are great fun, but what should you do if your aquarium plants are turning brown or dying? This guide will help you troubleshoot plant problems!
It’s not easy to keep other fish with goldfish. If you’d like to add companions to your aquarium, take a look at our list of the best goldfish tank mates!
This guide to nano fish profiles 21 tiny species that thrive in small, heavily planted habitats often referred to as nano tanks.
Our freshwater and marine fish compatibility charts are the easiest way to quickly determine whether different species can share your community aquarium.
Complete guide to types of aquarium filters, with tips for choosing the best style for a tank of any size! Includes product reviews and recommendations.
A complete guide to the types of goldfish and a breakdown of their colors, scales, unique traits, and basic care requirements.
The best reef LED lighting can help maximize your coral growth while highlighting the other fish in your tank.
Aquascaping is the art of gardening inside an aquarium. Learn how to use natural rocks and sticks to highlight the plants in your aquarium!
Provides information, advice and step-by-step instructions on how to clean a fish tank or bowl of any size.
Learn everything you need to know about caring for female betta fish in sorority and community aquariums.
A detailed guide on aquarium sand vs gravel and choosing the best substrate for a freshwater tank.
A quick guide to the best betta heaters! Includes features to look for, how to choose the right type of heater, and in-depth product reviews.
Find the best betta tank mates for any size aquarium, how many buddies to add and more from this list of friendly community fish.
A primer on the types of betta fish by color, scale pattern, and tail and fin configurations. Includes a list of betta varieties from common to rare.
This complete guide to betta fish offers detailed information and advice, including their natural history, diet, care requirements and health tips.