I can’t stress enough the importance of your aquarium water. You should always ensure the water are optimum for your plants and fishes.
Test kits for ammonia and nitrites are necessary at the start of a new aquarium, but will also come in handy later to monitor conditions. Your filter could fail mechanically, or your fish could require medication that may destroy nitrifying bacteria. You will need to test the water regularly during these events and adjust the water to avoid fish deaths.
As a fish tank matures, aquarium water may lose its capacity to maintain healthy parameters. This is commonly referred to as Old Tank Syndrome. Old Tank Syndrome is related to the loss of aquarium water buffering capacity.
Why is my aquarium water yellow?
When water in an aquarium is green, algae are present.
One side effect from using a Reverse Osmosis unit is that they will remove some of the "good stuff" along with the "bad stuff". Because of this you will need to add the "good stuff" (minerals and other essential elements) back into the water before using it in your aquarium. There are products on the market called RO Conditioners which are made specifically for this process. R/O Right is one product that contains the essential minerals and other elements that your fish need. It should be noted that these are only used for freshwater tanks because saltwater mixes already contain the essential elements you need.Testing your aquarium water will help ensure it's clean, clear and healthy. Use API® test kits and test strips regularly to keep healthy conditions for your fish.Some call it the biological cycle, the nitrification process, new tank syndrome or even the start-up cycle. They all are referring to the same cycle - The Nitrogen Cycle. The aquarium nitrogen cycle is a very important process for the establishment of beneficial bacteria in the aquarium and in the filter media that will help in the conversion of ammonia to nitrite and then the conversion of nitrite to nitrates. Check out the aquarium water chemistry page (on the left) for more information on these terms.
is introduced into the aquarium via tropical fish waste and uneaten food. The tropical fish waste and excess food will break down into either ionized ammonium (NH4) or un-ionized ammonia (NH3). Ammonium is not harmful to tropical fish but ammonia is. Whether the material turns into ammonium or ammonia depends on the ph level of the water. If the ph is under 7, you will have ammonium. If the ph is 7 or higher you will have ammonia.