Archive for the Water Quality Category

Oxygen – It’s Important, It’s Essential.

There are coral only reef aquariums. There are fish only aquariums. There are mixed reef aquariums. There is one essential item that must never be overlooked. The pet dog needs it. The aquarist needs it. The aquarium livestock need it.


Oxygen is an essential item in the aquarium, I don’t think anyone would argue about that. Yet this is one item that many aquarists do not consider when they are at the planning stage.

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Why Do You Do Water Changes?

Whether the aquarist runs a reef aquarium or a fish only aquarium, one of the major parts of the set-up is the seawater. The net amount of gallons in an aquarium can vary enormously. The set-up could be a nano aquarium, then anything up to an enormous 1000+ gallons. The size makes no difference in one respect, and that is attention must be given to water quality. In any marine aquarium, seawater quality is the number one concern on the list.

To maintain seawater quality the aquarist measures various parameters. For example, the fish only aquarist may measure pH, ammonia and nitrate levels. The aquarist keeping a reef goes further than that, in addition measuring calcium, alkalinity, magnesium etc. So if the measurements are correct, that’s fine, yes? Well, logically the answer should be yes.

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