Aquascaping is hard.
It’s really deceiving, because at first glance it seems pretty straightforward — you stick some plants in the water, change out some water every week, and make sure it doesn’t get too hot or cold. How hard can it be, right?
Turns out—really hard.
Fortunately, there’s tons of information online about basically anything you’d ever want to know about aquascaping. Everything from specifics on growing background plants, to the precise environment values that allow your dry-start carpet to grow out perfectly.
The problem is the quality of information — there’s lots of bad content out there that causes dead plants — and worse—dead fish.
That’s why we started this site: we got tired of content that was misleading, inaccurate, or just plain wrong. We’re on a mission to make aquascaping an easier hobby for both beginners and veterans alike.
No matter where you are in your journey through aquascaping, there’s a place for you here, and we’re glad you found us!
Most of our written pieces are in a review format. We’ll consider a topic — substrates, for example — and purchase just about every type of substrate suitable for aquascaping. Various brands, retailers, and types — we’ll get it all.
Then we vigorously test these products (or techniques) in multiple situations. We’ll see which brands are hyped, and which products are worth the money.
After doing all this, we’ll write out our experiences, with the top performers, and give our final recommendation in the form of ‘The Pick’. The Pick is our term for the best performer in a category.
Basically, we spend the money so you don’t have to.
Do your commissions make you biased?
To be clear, we specifically don’t recruit, request, promote, or even know which products have affiliate relationships as we’re testing. The people testing products and writing products are completely different individuals in most cases.
If you choose to purchase a product as a result of one of our reviews, you’re helping to support ScapeLyfe. If any product sold through ScapeLyfe is returned, we don’t make anything, so we have an incentive to recommend what actually works, not just what costs the most, or what pays us the most.
This system actually helps provide a positive incentive for us to create in-depth, quality content for things that you need, and allows us to provide it free of charge, without any bias or influence from manufacturers.