Safely reduce fish tank nitrate

When it comes to aquariums, one of the biggest issues in health of your fish and maintenance of the aquarium is the water quality.  Fish wastes include ammonia.  Bacteria convert ammonia to nitrite and ultimately to nitrate.  Fortunately, fish tank nitrate is considerably less toxic than ammonia or nitrite.  What many aquarium hobbyists do not realize, however, is that nitrate in your aquarium can be harmful to your fish if the levels are too high.  There are several ways of dealing with excess fish tank nitrate.

The most widely used method of lowering nitrates in your fish tank involves water changes.  Removed water is replaced with fresh water with a significantly lower level of nitrate.  This basically dilutes the nitrates in the rest of the aquarium.  While this is effective, it is time consuming, not easily achieved by anyone with back health concerns, and the price of replacement water can add up for anyone with large tanks!

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Another method of reducing fish tank nitrate uses a product called nitrate sponge.  In a saltwater aquarium, Nitrate Sponge helps by directly absorbing ammonia and by helping the growth of anaerobic bacteria.  Its porous nature provides a large surface area for these anaerobic bacteria that convert nitrate to nitrogen gas which escapes your aquarium.  In a freshwater aquarium, nitrate sponge can be used to effectively reduce levels of toxic ammonia!

Finally, the most impressive way to reduce fish tank nitrate in a marine fish tank is to use a denitrifier coil.  These systems Drip water through a long coil which allows aerobic bacteria to use up all the oxygen.  This oxygen-free water is fed through a container filled with bio balls or other similar large surface area compound which fosters growth of anaerobic denitrifying bacteria.  These bacteria convert nitrate to nitrogen gas which escapes into the atmosphere.  The water that returns to your aquarium is nitrate free!  These systems take up to 6 weeks to become fully functional, but can almost completely eliminate nitrate from a fish tank.

The benefits of lower fish tank nitrate are that your aquarium fish will be healthier and you can space your water changes further apart.  Click here to buy a nitrogen coil or nitrate sponge.

Biorb fish tanks promote healthier fish!

Biorb fish tanks have really hit the market with a bang.  Their have one of the most unique designs for tropical fish tanks I have seen in the aquarium hobby so far!  Because of this, they are very popular with hobbyists around the world.  On an even better note, they promote the better health of pet fish thanks to several unique design elements.  If you use a Biorb fish tank, the inhabitants will be healthier.

Biorb aquariums were designed to be beautiful yet easy to maintain.  With standard fish tanks, regular maintenance can be a hassle and easy to forget.  Biorb tanks, however, have simplified water changes and other maintenance routines to the point where all that is required is a simple cartridge change every 6 weeks on top of weekly water changes.  How easy is that to remember!  Just swap the old filtration cartridge with a new one, and your aquarium water will remain sparkling and clean for another 6 weeks.  As an added bonus, each filter cartridge has water stabilizers built in, so your water gets a stability boost with every filter media change.

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We all know that fish require oxygen in the water to stay alive and remain healthy.  When oxygen levels drop, fish will become lethargic and listless, barely moving in the water.  They likely won’t eat properly and are more prone to infections that can result in death.  This is especially a worrisome issue at the higher water temperatures that tropical fish are kept in.  With a Biorb fish tank, you won’t need to worry about oxygen levels.  Research has proven that Biorb aquariums result in higher oxygenation levels.

Finally, Biorb fish tanks allow for higher levels of beneficial bacteria thanks to the ceramic media found at the bottom of each aquarium.  With any regular filter, your ceramic media is shocked each time you clean the filter due to the ceramic media being housed in the filter unit itself.  With each change, you lose many of the beneficial bacteria in the filter, potentially resulting in ammonia and nitrite spikes.  The ceramic media used in Biorb tanks is kept away from the filter cartridges.  Your bacteria will always be kept at sufficient levels since they are not killed off on a regular basis.

As you can see, these unique aquariums are more than just a beautiful fish tank.  Biorb tanks are setup and designed to promote the health of your fish! Click here for a great deal on a biorb aquarium.

Aquarium heating – guide to aquarium heating equipment

One of the requirements for a proper aquarium environment is the presence of a normal water temperature. This is very important since tropical fish and other types of aquarium pets require a specific range of water temperature in order to survive. Anything that is too hot will literally cook the animals to death while anything that is too cold can lead to weakness and death. This is why the proper aquarium heating must be installed in order to maintain a stable temperature in your fish tank!

There are many different kinds of equipment and accessories that are available to provide the right amount of aquarium heating. First is the basic rod – shaped heater that can either hung over the back of the fish tank or submersed in the water (if built for this).  They can often be found for $15 or less. This variety of aquarium heaters is the most commonly used type as they are a very convenient and cheap method of heating a tropical fish tank.

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There are also external heating accessories that can be used. These help not only in providing and controlling the right water temperature but they also provides more room inside the tank. Most of them come complete with automatic mechanisms that immediately work once it senses that the water is not in the right temperature. With this kind of aquarium heating equipment, anyone can avoid the sight of an unattractive heater ruining the view of the inside of the tank.  A simple option that allows you to avoid the sight of the heater in the fish tank is to make use of a sump tank.  This draws water from the aquarium into a secondary tank which provides the filtration.  The heater can be placed in this tank and will be used to adequately heat the whole system.

Heating pads that are placed underneath the aquarium can also be used. This has the effect of heating not only the water but also the substrate inside the tank.  Because little water flow is found within the substrate, in-tank aquarium heating does not efficiently heat the gravel or sand. You may find that your live plants become more healthy after adding heating pads below the aquarium.  Heating pads are typically used for tanks smaller than 5 to 10 gallons, and many betta breeders find these pads useful since each one can heat multiple betta jars to the optimal temperature all on one pad.

One last option for aquarium heating is great if you have a ‘fish room’.  Many people with fish rooms simply heat the whole room.  If all your fish can be kept at similar temperatures, then this should be a much cheaper method of heating your fish tanks than purchasing a heater for each aquarium.  Whichever method of aquarium heating you decide to utilize for your tropical fish, aquarium heaters are one of the many fish tank supplies you cannot avoid.

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