Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #4

The #4 Mistake - Not Testing Your Water Ponder the following situation: you have two glasses before you. One is tap water and the other is hydrochloric acid. How do you know which one is safe to drink by looking at them? Which one would you put your fish into? It is impossible to tell [...]

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Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Preventing Disease in Fish Tanks and Ponds

Everyone always wants to know how to keep their fish system from becoming infested with some horrible disease that puts all their fish at risk. Well, it's a lot simpler than you think! Quarantine. Quarantine. Quarantine. This includes plants and ALL NEW FISH. The stress of handling and transport is enough to make even the [...]

pH and kH

It's time for everyone's favorite topic: water quality! Many of our clients purchase "master" test kits which include: ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, low and high pH. This is a great collection of parameters to start with, but what about kH? For those of you unfamiliar with kH, kH measures the buffering capacity of your water. Buffers [...]

Water Changes & Fish

Water Changes & Fish

Most fish kept as pets are maintained in artificial systems; tanks and ponds meant to replicate their "wild" environment. In a "wild" environment, water flushes into and out of a system through streams, rivers, brooks, rain or the ocean. In an artificial tank or pond, water will come in and out at the owner's discretion, [...]

Old Pond/Tank Syndrome

Old Tank/Pond Syndrome What is it? This occurs in fish tanks and ponds with the following water quality parameters: pH: <6.0 Alkalinity (kH): <50 mg/L, usually 0 mg/L Ammonia: >1.5 mg/L Nitrite: >0 mg/L Nitrate: >40 mg/L The loss of buffers (alkalinity) can lead to pH swings and a pH crash. The low pH actually [...]