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?Learn More →

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 isLearn More →

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 bufferingLearn More →

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 andLearn More →

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 pHLearn More →