Category: Water Quality

Water Quality Matters

Managing water quality is the single most important skill required to keep happy and healthy fish that grow well. If you take care of the water the fish will largely take care of themselves. Learn how to detect pollution by careful observation of your fish and plants coupled with regular water analysis using simple test kits.

diagram of pH scale
Water Quality

Fish Tank pH – why it is so important.

What is pH? As fish keepers we cannot afford to ignore pH. It has a profound affect on an enormous range of biological and chemical processes that occur within a fish tank. Nitrification, photosynthesis and the toxicity of ammonia and

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Nitrate in fish tanks

Nitrate is a key element in all aquaponic systems as it’s formation, and assimilation, is vital for the health of both fish and plants. Chemically speaking, nitrate exists as NO3–. This means that one nitrogen atom is coupled to three

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fish tank temperature
Water Quality

Fish Tank Temperature

The water temperature of your pond, or aquarium, plays a fundamental role in determining how active fish are. This in turns will have both a direct and an indirect affect on water quality. Fish, unlike mammals and birds, are unable

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do fish need oxygen
Water Quality

Do fish need oxygen?

Oxygen is often described as the fuel of life and, as such, it is critical to all aquaponic systems. It is an essential ingredient of respiration , a process that releases life giving energy. Consequently it is required, not only

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fish ammonia
Water Quality

Fish Ammonia – all you need to know.

A good understanding of ammonia is a great basis for getting the most out of any aquaponic system. It is a key element in ensuring healthy fish and plants. Ammonia is highly toxic and consequently needs to be removed. If

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