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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 chemistry controls many factors within your aquarium and it directly effects the health of fish.

A product that is regularly available in many local aquatic retailers and pet shops are water test kits.

These allow us to test a variety of factors and concentrates within our aquarium, not only allowing the fishkeeper to determine the suitability of any new aquarium additions before making any purchases but it also allows us detect changes in the water quality and/or the water chemistry which could potentially be harmful to our fish.

Below is a breakdown of each individual measurement that makes up the broad term we label as the ‘water chemistry’.



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