Aquariums and Fish Keeping

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Looking after aquariums and tropical fish keeping demands a thorough understanding and is a complex subject.  About the best that anyone can do is give you a few basic concepts, care instructions, etc, and allow you to go from there.

As part of their normal lives, fish produce toxins.  You need to understand this process and how to deal with the toxins safely. Aquariums are containers which provide fish a habitat filled with water.

Aquariums are often shaped like boxes in which fish and related aquatic animals, as well as plants, are stored. The water supplies oxygen and/or air for fish to breathe, which means the water must be constantly maintained in order for the fish and plants to survive.

Temperature regulation for aquariums is important, since being poikilotherms, fish are unable to control their own temperature. Dehumidifiers and humidifiers can help you maintain a balanced atmosphere in the air, which will affect water. Thermometers are useful for checking the water temperature.

In addition, fish in tanks or aquariums are subject to bacteria and toxins. Aquarium-kept fish have no natural defences against bacteria.  With this in mind, we see that fish require high eminence of water to survive. In addition, aquariums often contain salt water creatures, as well as fresh water fish. It is important that you understand the difference and how to maintain water supply for both species. There are many similarities between the 2 types of fish

How do I eliminate toxins?
First, you must understand toxins in order to eliminate them. Fish will produce a degree of toxins; as well, water supplies produce its volume of toxins, such as copper, metals, chlorine, etc.. The fish's metabolism produces waste products, toxins, which need to be removed.  Fish then produce pungent gases, which are colourless and highly water soluble.

Supply water often has either chloramine or free chlorine added as part of the purification process.  These chlorination chemicals inhibit bacterial growth. Bacteria, develops in water pipes, drinking fountains, ground water, etc..

Test kits are important in monitoring toxin levels.  You can use the kit to test the water, thus making sure that the aquarium is not overly contaminated. You will also need filters, and pre-treatment water to balance your aquarium.

How do I find pre-treated water?

Most commercial dechlorinators are based on plain sodium thiosulfate, Na2S2O3, a crystalline salt that generally comes pre-mixed with distilled water, usually in a 1% solution. At this strength, 10 drops (that's 0.5 cubic mm) will neutralize common municipal levels of chlorine in 10 gallons, turning the chlorine to harmless chloride ions and adding some molecules of sodium and sulfur to the water.

In addition, you can purchase products, which include chemicals that will remove CHLORAMINE and Chlorine respectively. An alternative method of removing some of the toxins from your water is to expose it to the atmosphere. Furthermore, you can combine gas converting it to liquids, which charge, or activates carbons. The carbon dioxide will bubble, which removes toxins as well. (Learn more about Aerating before combing gas and liquids)

Using your test kit you will know if the tank has metals, or copper in the water. If your water supply contains too high a level of copper or other metals it may be necessary to use purified water or spring water. Alternatively, HEPA filters can be used to purify tap water. These will purify the water by removing copper and other metals.

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