Is the aquarium water change harmful to fish?

The water change is the most basic and essential part of . But can it harm or kill fish? Waste easily accumulates in poorly and irregularly maintained aquariums. This waste is visible as mulm in and under the gravel. Waste also accumulates in corners inside the filter, and in tubing. Further, waste collects inside the aquarium, […]

Fish stress and illness in the aquarium

Everything outside the required environmental- or behavioral needs of your fish causes stress. Stress greatly affects the health, reduces the life span, and increases your fishes’ vulnerability for diseases. Stress is also the main cause of a deteriorating slime coat that protects the fish. This slime coat is the defense system toward infections. Fish can […]

UV Sterilization is used to eliminate parasites and bacteria from saltwater aquariums

Ultraviolet sterilization (UV) is a process to eliminate biological contamination, namely parasite fungus and bacteria. Two types are commercially available, both in tube size. Generally the one containing a wet bulb -at which the water passes directly past the UV bulb- is cheaper. The other type available has a protective quartz tube around the bulb […]

Aquarium fish health

Fish health starts with the selection of the fish themselves. Choose a pet store not only for their inventory and the size of their livestock selection, but also for the quality of their staff and management. Next to service, the store and the aquariums need to be well maintained. Some signs to look out for […]

Ich (ick) and your aquarium fish

Ich is a highly contagious parasitic infestation caused by the protozoan Ichthyophthirius Multifillis and its saltwater counterpart Cryptocaryon Irritans. The parasite burrows itself under the fish’s skin in order to feed and grow, causing skin irritations and osmoregulatory disturbances that allow secondary bacteria and/or fungi to enter the skin. It is notable that Ich alone […]

Aquarium fish food and diet requirements

Feeding your fish an improper diet is as common a mistake as overfeeding. Providing the correct diet is essential for fish growth and health. Dietary deficiencies will not only shorten the lifespan of fish and cause many diseases, but will also contribute to a deteriorating water quality by polluting the water. The diet of fish […]

Using salt in the freshwater aquarium

Some hobbyists religiously use salt in fresh-water set-ups. The claim is a noticeable health improvement of certain fish. Further benefits include the ease of stress, reducing osmotic pressure, inhibition of nitrite uptake, promoting the slime coat, and helping in healing wounds. The salt recommended should be free of additives such as iodine. It is claimed […]

Toxic aquarium water and fish poisoning

Signs of Poison Toxicity levels vary depending on the species, the size, and the metabolic rate. The fish’s metabolism is more active in higher temperatures then in cooler environments, which allows toxins to act faster. Toxic substances come in contact with the fish through the gills, rather than the skin. This allows most toxins to […]