SWOG Blog Posts

June 13, 2018

[Updated 27 October 2018] THIS, has got to be the most hated nuisance in any aquarium. You landed on this page for a reason. For the first time in your aquarium hobby life you have Blue Green Algae in your aquarium and it must be driving you nuts! How to…

May 21, 2018

One of the ways to inject CO2 into the aquarium is by using a reactor. Reactors are great way to inject CO2 because it promises high dissolving rate and almost no bubbles so your aquarium will not look like a soda. But the greatest advantage, from the point of DIY…

October 8, 2017

In Vietnam, taxi is the number one complaints for tourists and expats. Ripped off a trip, going in circles, and being robbed off are all too often and are daily affairs. In Ho Chi Minh City, the taxis are divided into two categories, company operated taxis and private taxis. Private…

July 6, 2017

[Update May 2018] After converting from diffusers to a CO2 reactor, I managed to get 22 days of CO2 running at 2 big bubbles per second running for 14 hours a day for my 20 gallon, and 23 days for my 11 gallon running at 1.5 big bubbles for 14…

April 7, 2017

The Vietnamese currency is the đồng, and it is represented by the symbol ₫. A rough guide: US$1 = VND20,000. Yes, that’s 20 thousands Dong. Well technically it is about US$1 = VND22,000 but rounding off makes it easier to remember and calculate. A common myth: You can use US dollars freely…

February 24, 2017
December 13, 2016

Location dictates the prices of hotels. In HCMC most of the hotels concentrate in District 1. In HCMC the city is divided into districts. District 1 is the city center (Click here for city map). Stay here. Don’t stay at places near the airport or other districts. The prices are not that…

November 23, 2016

At the Airport The international airport of HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) is Ton Son Nhat International Airport. It was built by the French back in the 1930s and later on it was used as a military airfield during the Vietnam war (renamed to Tan Son Nhut), and it became…

November 22, 2016

No matter where you are from, Europe, America, or even Asia, cultural shocks will definitely hit you even before arrival. Climate and safety will be your other concern during the trip. Please do not be surprised when you enter the cabin of the aircraft to find some people sitting on your…

November 15, 2016

I am sure there must be one thousand questions in your head right after booking your flight. The very first question being where should I stay? There are literally THOUSANDS of hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and I am not joking. Ranging from a few dollars for a hammock…