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An aquarium needs regular maintenance for good hygiene and health. Testing the water is a key part of this regime, as pinpointing a raise in toxins or a deficiency of a particular element can help you avoid problems.
Test kits can work via test strips which are simply dipped into the water or via a colour changing system. To use a test strip, simply pop the strip in the water for a few seconds, and then compare it to the colour chart. Other types may need a little more work, such as…Continue
Setting up a new reef aquarium can be a tricky business, and just when you think it is all ship shape…you lose some of your fish. This is known as New Tank Syndrome (NTS) and can happen to even the most experienced aquarist.
The key reason for New Tank Syndrome is high ammonia levels which in turn raises the amount of nitrites. Both of which can poison fish and lead to high losses. High levels of ammonia deplete oxygen levels from the water which can suffocate fish.