For every new aquarium hobbyist there are a few trials and tribulations that will occur. New tank syndrome, faulty equipment, bad advice or unhealthy livestock. In this entry I want to focus on a piece of equipment that will help keep your animals disease free. If you have not read our article, “Don’t Buy Sick Fish” check it out first. It covers how to properly select healthy fish. It is not unusual for new aquarists
Nitrate is the end product of nitrification in the aquarium. The nitrate molecule is composed of one nitrogen atom and three oxygen atoms (NO3). Fish and animals excrete waste in the form of ammonia (NH3) which is toxic to marine organisms. This is broken down to nitrite (NO2) by aerobic bacteria. Nitrite can be toxic to aquatic life depending on the pH of the water. The final stage of nitrification occurs when another species of
I had planned on getting a fresh blog entry up every month so I am a few days behind. This article is going to be on the short side however the topic is an important one. As most of you know GQFish provides free water testing for our customers so I thought it would be a good idea to let you know the parameters we are shooting for when checking your water quality. Most of
The new year has come and gone and before too much time goes by schedule a day on the calender to complete that long overdue annual aquarium maintenance. While your at it now is a good time to do some spring cleaning and replace out of date consumables. Let’s start with the aquarium and equipment. I like to give all my submersible equipment a vinegar bath to help remove stubborn coraline algae and tube worms.
Your new aquarium has finally finished cycling and your ready to buy your first fish. A percula clownfish is at the top of your wish list and it’s time to head out to the local fish stores and find the perfect fish. The first store you visit only has tomato clowns but the next store you drop by has one small percula clown. This is the type of fish you planned to get but is