Aquarium Water Treatment Guide

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Aquarium Water Treatment GuideThe water in your aquarium should be crystal clear if it is not then there is something wrong in the environment and this needs to be rectified very quickly.

Regular maintenance on your aquarium should always be the first line of defense to prevent any potential problems that can cause the aquariums environment to become polluted or stressed.

Ammonia Treatment

Ammonia levels in the environment need to be kept in check, ammonia is very toxic to all the inhabitants of the aquarium, for new aquariums the nitrogen cycle needs to be performed in order to balance the environment before fish are added.

When this balance gets out of hand the ammonia levels will be elevated in the environment, regular testing of the aquarium water will tell you when to take action, the best way to quickly reduce ammonia levels is to use a binder that is available in liquid form or media you place in your filtration system to soak up the excessive ammonia before it can do harm to the environment, once the levels are back to normal keep testing the water regularly.

Algae Treatment

One of the most common causes of cloudy water is algae blooms this can cause the water to turn green and if not corrected can cause many problems through out the aquarium, there are three factors contributing to excessive algae growth.

The water quality, the amount of light the aquarium is receiving and excess nutrients in the water can all contribute to an algae bloom, you first need to determine the cause of the problem so you can fix the problem.

Regular testing of the water quality should be performed to check if the PH level is within acceptable limits, test for excessive phosphates in the aquarium water which can trigger algae blooms and clean up the aquarium by removing decayed plants and sediment.

There are many aquarium algae treatments available on the market that can remove algae from the water but the use of chemical treatments can cause other problems, regular maintenance of the environment should be the first line of defense in dealing with algae problems before using chemicals to fix the problem. 

Phosphate Treatment

Phosphates levels in your aquarium should be monitored when testing the water quality particularly in aquariums with no plant life excessive phosphate levels are caused by fish waste, food that is not consumed and from the water source.

To much phosphate in the environment can cause algae out breaks in the water which can be a big problem, the first line of defense is to keep a clean and healthy aquarium with regular maintenance, when the phosphate levels are too high the quick fix is the use specialized filter media to filter out the excess phosphate.

Water Conditioners

For most aquarium enthusiasts the only water source is the tap in your home and different water sources around the world will have totally different water qualities depending on where you live and this tap water needs conditioning before it is used in the aquarium.

The most common additive in your drinking water is chlorine and this needs to be removed before using in the aquarium using a liquid water condtioner will remove the chlorine in the aquarium water

The other natural method for removing chlorine with out using chemicals is to store the aquarium water in buckets for around four or five days out of sunlight, the chlorine will evaporate from the water over this time and will be safe to use in the aquarium.