Understanding your aquarium water parameters is key to experiencing true Tropical Fish Success.
What do I mean when I say Aquarium Water parameters? Well this is simply the overall quality of your aquarium water.
The aquarium water quality affects more than you may realize. Below is a list of some of the things that the quality of your aquarium water can affect.
Water quality can affect: Life Span, Coloration, Overall Health, Increased Diseases, Breeding, Appetite, Activity level, Growth, and Water Clarity.
Let’s face it, the aquarium water quality to a fish is just as important to our air quality. You would not want to live and breath pollutants, toxic chemicals, or live in your own waste would you? Neither do our fish.
This topic can seem confusing in the beginning. Believe me I know, years ago I was lost concerning these topics. Do not panic, below I will explain the basics that any tropical fish keeper can understand and master.
The Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle
The first subject we need to discuss in regards to aquarium water quality is the Nitrogen cycle. The nitrogen cycle consists of the three main chemical compounds: ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Please read the article below to fully understand what the Nitrogen cycle is and how the process affects your aquarium water parameters and your success.
How to Cycle Your Tropical Fish Tank
Now that you understand how the Aquarium nitrogen cycle works, we should now discuss how to cycle a fish tank. There are a several different ways that you can do this.
Please read Successfully Cycling an Aquarium to help you effectively cycle your tropical fish tank the traditional way.
Fishless Tank Cycling is a growing trend in the hobby today. Tropical fish keepers favor this process because it does not stress or endanger tropical fish in the process. Exposing no fish to the aquarium nitrogen cycle reduces stress related deaths to new fish. This process is easy, and often faster than the traditional process.
The Aquarium pH is a very important factor that can determine your SUCCESS in this hobby. Many people attempt to adjust their fish tank pH excessively to meet the suggested pH of their tropical fish. This is usually not a good idea.
To learn more about your Aquarium pH, and how it affects your overall Aquarium Water Parameters please read the article below.
Aquarium Water Hardness
Are you having problems with your Aquarium pH going up and down? Are you having trouble raising or lowering your ph? Most do not know that the Aquarium Water Hardness interacts directly with the aquarium’s pH. Not only is the pH affected by the Hardness of your water, but also your tropical fish must live in the appropriate hardness to thrive.
Aquarium Water Changes
The single most important thing you can do for your tropical fish is to change aquarium water on a regular basis. The many failures in this hobby are mostly related to people not performing partial aquarium water changes.
It is very important for you to know the Importance of Aquarium Water Changes for you to have success in this hobby.
Now that you know why you should change your aquarium water, you need to know how to change the water with ease.
Please read How to Change Aquarium Water to learn the different methods available to change your aquarium water.