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The Basics of Fishkeeping

UNDERSTANDING WATER CHEMISTRY

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It is a fortuitous fact that many fish can and do adapt to the water chemistry out of our tap water. However, some species do require a water chemistry within certain range for them to thrive and this must always be considered when making additions to our own aquariums. Water …

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THE NITROGEN CYCLE

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Contrary to popular belief, the filter’s job is not solely to remove large bits of fish waste; it’s to chemically cleanse the water of the highly toxic waste chemicals that fish produce as part of their daily biological state. (Ammonia, which is extremely harmful to fish, is produced when fish …

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MAINTAINING AQUARIUMS

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An aquarium often requires much less maintenance than some more demanding pets. The lack of regular walks and visits to the vet, as well as the ability to leave fish on their own for long periods of time without any serious consequences, make maintaining an aquarium seem attractive, particularly for …

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HEATERS

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There are usually three variations in freshwater fish: tropical, temperate and coldwater. Tropical fish are generally fish that come from warm climates where the water doesn’t often drop below 22 ºC. In most locations, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, these fish will require a heater almost year-round. Temperate fish are …

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FILTRATION

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Arguably, the most important piece of equipment in a fish tank is the filtration, they are not optional and they are not substitutional. Filters are the engines of your aquarium; without them, keeping your fish alive would be nearly impossible.     * The media illustrations used when discussing the …

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