Now I wanted to write about what I wish I had known when I wished to turn into an aquarium hobbyist. This applies to both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
- Take your entrance to the hobby as gradually as possible. Don’t hesitate to dive in, but do as much research as you possibly can by using books, the web, and other amateurs with good reputations. Take additional care to simply take advice to heart from individuals others trust, that also aligns with websites or literature that others agree with. You should also decide what direction you want to take the tank, but be sure it is until you start purchasing equipment. Would you like a reef tank? There are a great deal of options to bring joy to your dwelling. As soon as you’ve completed your research, you may set up an aquarium!
- Individuals who completely take all of the water from fish tanks and clean filters with tap water do the precise opposite of what they’re supposed to. This applies to not only saltwater, but also freshwater also. As waste is added to an aquarium, this is known as ammonia. It can be inserted through the use of fish food, but it’s also excreted through fish . As ammonia builds up, without good bacteria to convert this ammonia into nitrites, it becomes toxic and is the number one killer of fish. When the aquarium’s beneficial bacteria forms obviously, it then turns the nitrites to nitrates. This is the reason why they also have to be converted naturally to nitrates. Nitrates are the least harmful and may only be bad for fish in huge quantities. By simply taking out 25% of the aquarium water and replacing it with clean water that’s been dechlorinated, you don’t shock the fish or beneficial bacteria. This bacteria can take 4-6 weeks to form if it’s not seeded from the other tank and this’nitrifying cycle’ can be quite difficult on your fish. Delicate fish won’t survive. The bacteria lives throughout your aquarium. This may be from the gravel, filter, sand, and water column.
- Test strips are cheap and simple to use, to search for elevated amounts in ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate. The remedy or these scenarios is simply feeding , eliminating some fish if the tank is over a few months old and levels are still high, or doing partial water changes. I suggest to all my clients that they change 25-35percent of the water every 2 weeks. This will dilute nitrates down from the water by eliminating them. It’s not a requirement, but it’s a significant preventative in keeping fish healthy. If bad water doesn’t kill a fish, then it weakens their immune systems and this is where illness can kill fish.
- Most people I’ve come in contact with in the aquarium care industry follow the directions on fish food containers and majorly overfeed their fish resulting in deadly tank and water crashes. Allow the fish eat all of this food in 30 minutes with no going into the filter, and if the fish seems lean slowly creep up the food amounts.
- Research everything before you purchase it. I can’t count the amount of tank crashes and big humpbacked fish because the purchaser didn’t do any research. You and your livestock will be a lot happier and less stressed with ample space and filtration.