Maintenance Tips For Aquariums

Aquariums (plural aquariums or aquatic aquaria) are a location in which fish and other aquatic animals live in water. An aquarium may be a small container, such as a plastic bucket, or a large multi-level building with multiple large tanks within it. Keeping an aquarium is still a popular hobby throughout the world. Some aquariums are so well-designed and maintained that they are even used for exhibits.


There are many types of aquariums. Most aquariums have fish in them. But, it can also include marine life and sometimes other types of aquatic life. Aquatic systems provide a controlled environment in which the fish can live. The water quality of the aquarium affects the fish, other animals, and plants that are contained in it.

Water quality is important to any aquarium. It determines how well the fish will survive and live. In addition, poor water quality can kill fish. There are a number of factors that determine the quality of the water. They include the amount of pollutants in the water, pH level, the total water volume, the water temperature, and the presence of other creatures in the aquarium.

The most common way to evaluate the water quality of an aquarium is to add testing strips to the water. These strips determine the PH level of the water. Any abnormalities in the PH level indicate that there is not enough bacteria in the water to maintain the proper water quality.

Aside from determining the PH level, other factors play an important role in the water quality of aquariums. They contribute to different levels of toxicity in the water. There are some pollutants that affect the water negatively while some others do not have any effect. The presence of various harmful contaminants greatly affects the water.

Examples of the most common toxic substances found in aquariums include nitrate, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate salts, phosphates, and the total suspended solids. Many bacteria exist naturally in the water. They consume these nutrients for themselves and excrete waste form in the water. However, with a sudden rise in the level of harmful toxins in the aquarium, it can result to the death of the fish in the aquarium.

There are many times that these toxic chemicals are produced by algae in the aquarium. They often appear in the form of a milky film in the aquarium water. They can sometimes be mistaken for harmless tiny fish food but if left untreated, they can prove to be fatal for the fish in the aquarium.

Other forms of toxic chemicals in aquariums are organic compounds. These can come from dead plant or animal matter. Some of these toxic chemicals can also be produced as a by product of the decomposition of other organic materials in the aquarium water. Sometimes, aquarium keepers mistake the presence of ammonia or nitrite as the normal byproduct of fish metabolism. However, they should be treated with great care as these chemicals can be very dangerous for the health of the aquarium-fish if they are overlooked. It is always recommended to have an aquarium professional check the water quality of the aquarium once in a while.

Water quality of aquariums also depends on the water filter that one has fitted in the tank. Many people think that the water quality will remain constant when there is no filter fitted in the tank. It is important to note that the water filter does not work alone. It is necessary to maintain the water filter as well as make sure that the water supply of the aquarium is constant. This can be ensured by checking the water quality periodically.

There are various factors that affect the water quality of aquariums. They include: the filtration system that one has fitted in the aquarium, the amount of calcium and magnesium contained in the water, the pH level of the water and the amount of organic compounds contained in the aquarium water. If any of these chemicals build up to toxic levels, they can prove to be extremely harmful to the fish in the aquarium. Therefore, having an aquarium professional check the water quality of the aquarium is advised.

The presence of gold in your aquariums can prove to be extremely harmful for the fish in the tank. There are certain goldfish diseases that can be easily contracted when the fish in the aquarium swim in water containing gold. The presence of copper in the water can also prove to be extremely harmful for the fish in the tank. Copper can be toxic to both the fish and the aqua-friendly bacteria. Therefore, having an expert check the water for gold or copper can help prevent the spread of these diseases to the other inhabitants of the aquarium.

Having a properly installed aquarium filtration system in the tank can help you maintain the water quality safely. Proper water filtration systems ensure that the water does not contain any harmful chemicals that can prove to be harmful for the inhabitants of the aquarium. Thus, having an aquarium filtration system can help ensure the longevity of the aquariums and fish in them.