Check the quality of the water in the aquarium with the aquarium test kit you need to care about
Most of us believe that when you are about to start raising fish, the first thing you think about will be the fish you are aiming for, what fish? What kind? What color are they? big or small? But really the first thing you care about is their environment, they have to really like in that environment. Because you have to survive and have fun in order to keep their beautiful drawings for a long time. So here are some tests for water parameters to make sure the fish is healthy and always beautiful
1. Ammonia test:
Besides things like cyanide, ammonia is one of the worst things that can happen in your aquarium. Ammonia is created and released from fish waste, uneaten food on the bottom of the tank, even the smallest amounts of ammonia can be a serious problem for your fish. This is why you need to make sure that there is no ammonia in the water
High ammonia levels can happen if you have too many fish in your tank, if your filter isn't working properly, or if you don't change the water. You can
Get an ammonia test kit in any fish or pet store.
Just follow the instructions on the package to test for ammonia. If there is ammonia in the water, you will need to take the appropriate steps to correct the problem. Friend
You can do a water change to remove most of the ammonia, you can vacuum and remove fish waste, and you can clean the filter to make sure it's working at maximum capacity. To get rid of ammonia, you need a good mechanical and biological filter
2. Test Nitrite & Nitrates
Nitrite is another thing that can be present in water and is almost as deadly to fish as ammonia. Nitrite can occur in large quantities due to the nitrogen cycle. When fecal bacteria
destroy ammonia, they are converted to nitrite. These nitrites, if not handled properly can cause havoc on an aquarium. Thorny nitrite often occurs
out in a new tank that was not set up properly.
So, to avoid nitrite, change the water at regular intervals. In addition, to ensure that the nitrite is processed quickly, you need to ensure that the filter
Your biology is working properly.
Which leads us to the next substance, which is nitrate. Nitrates are produced when bacteria break down nitrites. While nitrate is not as bad for your fish as nitrite,
they can still do a whole lot of damage. A good biofilter can cut down on nitrates, the only way to get rid of it fast is by doing a water change.
Just like ammonia, you can get special test kits for both nitrite and nitrate. Just follow the instructions on the trial pack to see. What are the nitrate and nitrite concentrations in the water?
3. Phosphate test
Like ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, you can get special test strips that will tell you the amount of phosphate in your water. Now, it's hard to know
Is phosphate poisoning the cause of fish disease or not, so checking it is the only way to tell.
However, phosphate is known to cause harmful algae outbreaks If you have an algae problem in your aquarium, it could be due to a phosphate problem.
potential. Dry fish food, especially low quality fish with high phosphate content, especially when they are not eaten, is the main cause of increased
phosphate content in the water in the aquarium.
The best solution is to buy good fish food with low phosphate levels, make sure not to overeat your fish and make sure your mechanical filter is working.
4. Check pH
Now, pH may not exactly fall under the water quality category, but it is related to the parameters needed to support life in the tank. In general, most
Most fish require a slightly acidic pH, with some more like basic water.
However, it can be assumed that the majority of fishes there require a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Check pH level easily. Simply take those Ph litmus papers, dip them in water, and compare the resulting color with the color chart included in the test kit. You can also use an electronic test, but they tend to
quite expensive direction.
There are many things that can contribute to pH changes such as plants, dead plants, excess fish, uneaten food, new substrate, and filters not working properly.
often. You should check the pH level regularly, especially if your fish seems sick.
There are special water conditioners that you can use to change the pH level of your aquarium. Just be sure to follow the instructions, because changing the level
A pH of at least 0.2 for a short time can be disastrous for your fish (if you need help lowering the pH level then check out this article).
On the same note, you will also want to test the water hardness. Fish need specific water hardness to survive, plus water hardness can directly affect
affect the pH level. Again, this can be done with a simple test suite.
Many people don't really talk about this, but checking your filter is a good way to check the quality of the water in your aquarium. Now you won't
It is possible to get an exact number doing this, but you can approximate if the water quality is good or bad. Simply put, if you filter are working overtime, get
clogs a lot, and needs more cleaning and changing facilities than necessary, you may have a bad water quality condition.
If the mechanical filter only needs to be replaced once per month, but you are doing so once a week, this is a good sign that you have poor water quality.
If you regularly check the above items, the water quality will be improved, corrected and there is an ideal environment in your aquarium.
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They will be a solid foundation when starting to raise a new fish, the price is high and when you are wondering if this fish is too difficult to raise.