Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Water Quality Conundrums – Answers

Before you scroll down, make sure you take the time to read over our questions first! Problem 1: 50-gallon goldfish tank ParameterValueAmmonia3 mg/LNitrite0 mg/LNitrate0 mg/LpH4.5kH0 mg/LTemperature70 F Answers to Problem 1: What are your main concerns? Ammonia too high, pH too low and kH too low. Is there a name for this syndrome? Old Tank/Pond [...]

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Water Quality Conundrums

Water Quality Conundrums

Since we all have more time on our hands at home, we thought we'd do something a little bit different. Below are 5 water quality results. It is up to you to determine what the issues are, name the syndrome, if present, and how to correct the results to make them safe for fish! You [...]

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

System Deep Clean – Fish Warning

Many systems can benefit from a deep cleaning once a year or twice a year. In order to get in there and get all the muck out, some owners and maintenance companies will remove the fish and put them in a temporary holding tank. Before you toss the fish back into the clean system, keep [...]

How to Be a Better Fish Parent

How to Be a Better Fish Parent

"What can I do to set my fish up for a long, healthy life?" We hear this question a lot and there are a few simple things all pet fish owners can do to improve their fishes's quality of life. 1) Maintain Your Water Quality This is what my tombstone will say. Water quality is [...]

Fake Fish Diagnoses

Fake Fish Diagnoses

When it comes to sick fish, the internet can be more confusing than helpful. As far as we know, Google does not have any medical degrees, so let's clear some things up. Here are the most common fake fish diseases our offices comes across: "My fish has 'swim bladder.'" This is the equivalent of you [...]

Why are you fasting your sick fish?

Why are you fasting your sick fish?

Many "internet fish helpers" recommend fasting sick fish, or decreasing their diet, and we have to ask...WHY?!?!? If you were constantly swimming to survive, you'd be burning a lot more calories than sitting at your desk, reading this article. When you're sick, you often want to lay around in bed because your body is working [...]

Fish System Cycling

If you are new or old to the fish keeping hobby, no doubt you have heard the phrase "system cycling." What does this mean? To "cycle" an aquarium is to establish its biological filtration, more specifically, your nitrogen cycle. Cycling refers to the colonization of beneficial bacteria to convert your fishes' primary waste, ammonia, into [...]

Aquarium Filtration

How do you choose the best filter for your fish tank? There are two main types of filters you can use on your aquarium - hang-on and canister. No matter what type you choose, remember the all important point - NEVER REPLACE YOUR FILTER MEDIA!! Hang-On Filters Our favorite filter - you can go figure [...]

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

How Not To Kill Your First Fish

It all starts out the same. Kid X begs for a puppy. Kid Y wants a kitty. You barter a fish to "see how it goes." Tank gets set up, fish gets plunked in, and everything goes swimmingly... for about 2 weeks. Then all hell breaks loose and your fish dies. The tank is tossed [...]

Salt in Fish Systems

Salt is a normal component of many fish systems. Saltwater and brackish systems require salt on a continual basis. But what about freshwater systems? Some internet pages recommend keeping salt in koi/goldfish ponds/tanks at all times. Others say don't bother. What are the effects of salt on an all-freshwater species? In a freshwater environment, a [...]