Preventing Aquarium Nitrate

Nitrates are the end result of the  – or oxidation process – that begins with . One step ahead and the main source of ammonia of course, is organic matter, which is anything organic in nature that decomposes. Organic matter largely consists of fish waste, uneaten fish food, dead plant matter & algae, and all […]

Cloudy aquarium water and Algone

Cloudy water can hit any aquarium at any stage, at any time. The causes are as plentiful as the solutions. Green (free-floating algae) or white (bacteria bloom) discolorations are generally caused by a similar set of causes. To simplify they are caused by an over saturation of waste in the aquarium. Waste can accumulate by […]

What causes milky white cloudy aquarium water?

Milky white cloudy aquarium water is often just temporary. Poorly rinsed gravel in a new aquarium can cause white cloudiness. Restarting the filters after a shutdown can cause debris and tiny air bubbles to create a white haze. Adding supplements such as bacteria, pH adjusters, or calcium can also create a temporary milky white haze in the […]

The secret to crystal clear aquarium water

Most, if not all bad things that can happen within the fish tank are caused by chemical and/or biological imbalances of the aquarium water. High nitrate in particular can wreak havoc on the aquarium’s appearance. While nitrates aren’t visible to the eye, their effects certainly are. Clear aquarium water is the most common victim of […]

How to clear cloudy aquarium water

What is cloudy water? In short, it’s a bacterial bloom. However it is not the beneficial bacteria normally referred to as . Before those get to work, another set of bacteria is needed. These “scavengers” are heterotrophic bacteria, which feed off organic waste in the fish tank. This feeding process represents the first stage of […]

What is cloudy aquarium water?

If you just started your aquarium, or recently changed the gravel and are experiencing a grayish discoloration of the aquarium water, don’t panic. The gravel was probably still dirty. The free-floating dirt particles should settle and get trapped in the external filtration fairly quickly. A light haze after siphoning the gravel is harmless, and is […]

Effective aquarium algae control and prevention

Once algae becomes a problem, treating the cause is required for a lasting and successful solution. Treating algae directly is not effective algae control. Real aquarium algae control is not accomplished by dumping chemicals into the tank. While chemicals may destroy the algae, in the long-term they worsen the conditions in the aquarium, making renewed […]

How to clear green aquarium water

Step one: Keep your cool! Once fish disappear in green water, we often act with a sense of urgency. We tend to overcompensate with large water changes and other big ideas. In most cases sudden BIG CHANGES in the aquarium have negative consequences. The larger the change, the greater the resulting biological imbalance. Small, gradual […]