Whether you have recently become a fish mum or dad, you have been loosing fish for no apparent reason or are cleaning out your aquarium, you may find yourself needing to use an aquarium water test kit. The quality of your aquarium water cannot be determined by simply viewing the tank. The water chemistry must be tested regularly. Testing your aquarium water ensures that your … [Read more...] about Aquarium Water Test Kits
Here is what you will need: Salt: You must use marine salt and not regular aquarium salt. Water: Use your usual conditioned source water. Hydrometer: To measure specific gravity (s.g.) - salinity. I find the simple plastic type with the swinging arm to be best. It must measure at least as low as 1.010 on the scale and the more detailed the measurements are on the … [Read more...] about Brackish Water Preparation
It's 5:00 in the morning, and you are awakened by a small sudden cold snap, be it your home's heater has broken, your room mate won't allow it to be on, or in my case, it's a gas heater that's been "summerized" and your family won't get it ready for winter until later on in the fall months. By instinct, you decide to check on your Betta and come to find out, your thermometer … [Read more...] about Cold Snaps: what can you do?
Much of this information I will provide is condensed and more basic, but comes a from a couple of very in depth and researched articles on this subject (which readers can read if they desire a more in depth understanding). I will not address the organic chemistry aspect (the Nitrogen Cycle), which involves ammonia, nitrates, etc., rather the aspects of KH, GH, pH, mineral … [Read more...] about Aquarium Chemistry, Including Redox for Bettas & Other Fish
Anybody who has kept fish, whether it be a large built in aquarium or a small betta bowl, knows there is a lot involved with creating an ecosystem that can sustain life. We have filters, lighting, food, nets, testing equipment, medication, sponges & scrapers, dechlorinators, and the list goes on. There are a lot of aquarium supplies that are helpful to keep on hand, but … [Read more...] about Top 5 Must-have Betta Fish Supplies