When keeping an aquarium – be this coldwater, freshwater, marine etc then there is one thing you are definitely going to need other than the aquarium – water! Sound obvious doesn’t it? Well let’s face it if we don’t put water in the aquarium nothing is going to survive isRead more →
Archive for the Water Category
Fresh water is used constantly by the marine aquarist, first when the aquarium is initially filled and then for ongoing routine water changes. Of course, an appropriate amount of dry salt mix is added. Fresh water is also used for evaporation top-ups. On the face of it using tap waterRead more →
Both the reef aquarium and fish only aquarium have certain demands that are very important. Top of the list is water quality, followed by lighting (for a reef anyway). Water quality is of course measured, and for both types of aquarium the four basics are the same – ammonia, nitrite,Read more →
Reverse osmosis (R/O) water seems to pop up very regularly in questions and discussions. Some aquarists consider the R/O filter to be another piece of equipment that is not really necessary. There is quite a bit of confusion particularly with beginners, which is understandable when the whole spectrum of equipmentRead more →
As is so often repeated, high water quality is needed in a marine aquarium. Reef systems need higher quality than fish only, but both need to be maintained at the highest level possible. This is done by regular monitoring of water parameters. A good way of enhancing water quality isRead more →
The marine aquarist does all sorts of water parameter checks to ensure the quality is high. A lot of money is spent on equipment and livestock. Once the livestock point is reached, occasionally problems will arise, particularly with fish in a fish only system. Though the aquarist may well beRead more →
The reef aquarist in particular is always trying to maintain high quality seawater. So is the fish only aquarist, though the quality demand is not quite so vital.
The aquarist test the seawater parameters as a matter of course. Most aquarists find that all is well, or can adjust to remedy an incorrect reading. There are aquarists though who use high quality salt and are particular about the maintenance. Despite this, they find that problems arise, often in the from of phosphate or nitrate. They then obtain filters to deal with these, creating more expense and more maintenance. There is nothing wrong with getting rid of undesired substances with specific filtration methods.
The question is, where are those undesired substances coming from. As said, if the aquarist is doing everything correctly, including feeding, it is unlikely that it is being generated within the aquarium. So where does it come from.Read more →
It seems very reasonable doesn’t it. We keep seawater aquariums and so why not put natural seawater in them. It saves money too, no more buying those expensive buckets of dry salt mix.
The first consideration is availability. Seawater is heavy, around 10lbs per gallon. If the aquarium is fairly large the amount required will be many gallons, much more if it is an initial fill. Lots of large containers, all suitably safe for seawater, plus a vehicle that can safely transport the bulk and weight. Most aquarists live away from the sea, and the dry salt mix is the obvious way to go.Read more →
We all know that the fish and corals we keep are salt water creatures. That’s why we buy those expensive packets or buckets of dry salt mix.
Fish only or reef aquaria are normally kept at a specific gravity (SG) of 1022 to 1026. It has been said that it is advantageous to keep a fish only system at 1022, as it is claimed that certain pathogens do not do well at a lower SG. Fish can be treated for some infections by lowering the SG even more. Reef aquaria are normally kept at 1024 to 1026, this seems to be the usual.Read more →
When it comes to keeping a salt water aquarium there is one thing that we are going to need and the clue is in the name – that’s right water!
But is water just water – can you just use water straight from the tap or perhaps from the ocean itself.
Well yes water is water but when we keep a salt water aquarium we are interested in any additional substances which are present.
Leaving natural sea water out of the topic for the time being as I think I will cover that in a future post let’s have a look at tap water.Read more →