When it comes to the health of your aquarium, no factor is more important
than the quality of your water. Over time, your water will fill up with
nitrates, ammonia, and other contaminants which all contribute to sick
fish, unhealthy plant life, and a tank that’s more of a downer than
an uplifting and enjoyable feature in your home. This means you’ll
need to dedicate a fair amount of effort into maintaining the quality
of your tank water, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to spend
a lot of time doing so. In fact, here are a few quick tips you can follow
that can keep your water quality high, and your tank vibrant and happy.
Test Your Water Frequently
Nitrates and ammonia are invisible to the human eye, so how do you know
they’re in your tank unless you test for them regularly? Testing
your water can give you an accurate reading of both of these levels as
well as pH balance, temperature, and much more. Each of these is an extremely
important factor in maintaining the health of your tank, particularly
if you keep species which require a very narrow pH range or water in a
very small temperature window. Purchase a high-quality aquarium water
testing kit, and make sure you use it at least once or twice per week,
depending on the size of your tank and the number of specimens living in it.
Change Your Water
Monitoring your water is important, but even with careful watching you’ll
need to regularly change out the water in your tank to ensure it stays
clean and clear. At least once per week, use a gravel vacuum to remove
about 15 to 20 percent of the water in your tank and replace it with new
clean water. Doing this regularly will help keep nitrate levels low, pH
levels in balance, and the substrate at the bottom of your tank clean,
which will in turn lead to a healthy fish population.
Install a Biopellet Reactor
Biopellets are quickly becoming one of the most popular additions to tanks
everywhere. These systems work by adding bacteria to a small tank that’s
filled with plastic pellets. The bacteria bond to the pellets and then
swirl around in the tank, removing nitrates from the water. The fresh
water is then pumped back into your fish tank. Overall, when used properly
and with the right chemistry, these devices can make sure your water stays
fresh and clear, even with minimal water changes, while keeping added
costs to a minimum.
The Los Angeles custom aquariums experts at Living Art Aquatic Design,
Inc. can provide you with all sorts of options for your tank!
Call us today at (310) 626-1448 to find out more.