What do I mean when I say Aquarium Water parameters? Well this is simply the overall quality of your aquarium water.
It is appropriate here to mention the practice of having someone else do your water testing. It is often the practice of retail aquarium shops to offer water testing, sometimes for a fee, as a service to their customers. The problem with this practice is that some of the more critical water quality parameters cannot be properly determined in a water sample that is more than a few minutes old. For instance, pH changes rapidly in a sample, and within about 15 to 20 minutes it can be significantly different from what it is in the aquarium or pond from which the sample was taken. Ammonia and nitrite must both be tested within a very short time after the sample is taken. Failure to test immediately often results in the ammonia and/or nitrite being reduced in concentration because of continuing bacterial oxidation in the water sample. These values will differ from those in the aquarium or pond, where the continuous activities of the and animals contribute to the immediate chemical conditions of the water.
Water changes have a massive impact on stocking. It is negligent to discuss stocking without addressing water changes and water quality. Discussing stocking based on tank size alone is no different than simply going by one of the very flawed ‘one inch per gallon’ type guides. Experiments have shown that it is the water quality, not tank volume, that stunts fish. Discus were raised in two different setups. One was a twenty gallon tank that was heavily stocked and received very large daily water changes. The other setup was a fifty five gallon tank with a small fraction of the number of fish and did not receive any water changes. The discus in the twenty gallon grew at a normal rate while those grown in the fifty five were severely stunted. The experiences of many other aquarists support the results of this experiment, demonstrating that it is definitely water quality, not volume, that is the active factor in stunting fish. Obviously there is still a minimum tank size for fish based on size, behavior, and activity level. Please see the article for more information.
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According to Cameo VonStrohe, Water Quality Specialist at Newport Aquarium, “It really is ‘world water’ here at the aquarium. We have animals from all over the world, so we have to mimic water from all over the world!”Keeping tropical fish healthy in an enclosed environment involves not only regular tank maintenance but also some knowledge of how to test your water and what to look for when you have the results of those tests in front of you. You have got to remember that just because the water looks nice and clear, that doesn't necessarily mean that the water is in good condition, for all you know your aquarium water may contain some extremely dangerous toxins that are lethal to fish. So before you put water in your tank, you must purchase some good quality water testing kits that will test ammonia, nitrite, nitrates and pH, these are the four elements that you must test for on a regular basis, even after your aquarium is fully established. It doesn't matter whether your aquarium has been set up for one month, or 10 years, you will always need to have some water test kits at hand.Water Quality Specialist Cameo VonStrohe started at Newport Aquarium as an intern in 1999, while studying biology with a minor in chemistry at NKU. She didn’t always know she wanted to work in the water lab of an aquarium—although animals were always part of the equation! She first dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but eventually discovered that she loved the laboratory.Cloudy aquarium water is not something you want to have in your display aquarium. White cloudy water is usually indicative of a bacterial bloom. Green cloudy water is usually an algae bloom and yellow cloudy aquarium water is usually a result of high levels of dissolved organics or using new drift wood. Read on to find out how to deal with each of these water quality issues.