The title of this post is a saying which my father has said to me ever since I first started in this hobby. Where he got the saying from I don’t know – maybe he made it up himself.
How true this saying is though.
It does not matter if you are an absolute newbie to this hobby or have been keeping a saltwater aquarium for a while the aspect which we should all be aiming for is corals, fish, invertebrates etc which are happy, well fed, safe and content. To ensure this we need to ensure that optimum water quality is achieved.
For beginners and quite often advanced aquarists this is an area which I believe is quite often neglected. A lot of effort is put into researching what equipment is required, how the equipment works etc that they sometimes forget how and why water quality is such a requirement.
There are some great books which can be read on this subject, some great web sites (of which Aquarists Online is hopefully one) where this can be learnt and there are experienced aquarists who are prepared to assist in learning this.
If you think about it the reason we have all of the equipment in and attached to the aquarium the majority of it is to remove aspects from the water, put things into the water etc. The end point is good water quality.
Just because you purchase all the equipment however does not mean that you are definately going to get good water quality. Every aquarium is different and every aquarist is different.
Research why excellent water quality is such a high requirement in a saltwater aquarium and then learn how to achieve it.
We are here to help – why not leave a comment below and tell us which aspects you are struggling with.