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Proper Aquarium Set-up, Key to Successful Fish Keeping

Properly setting up your aquarium, right from the start, is the key to having a successful, hassle-free hobby.

The proper aquarium set-up starts with the biological filter, the most important part of any aquarium system. From one gallon to thousands of gallons you must have a biological filter. This filter removes toxic ammonia from the aquarium. It does not clean the aquarium, does not remove algae, does not remove debris. Its main function is to remove ammonia that may kill your fish. Oddly, this is the part that most discount department store filters lack. Secondly, an aquarium should have a mechanical filter. This filter is the filter that removes solid waste and debris. Most power filters contain this type of filter. Thirdly, aquariums can benefit from chemical filtration. Chemical filtration usually is comprised of carbon and built into many power filters. Chemical filtration removes dissolved organics, heavy metals and many other chemicals from the water.

Other types of equipment that most people are reluctant to purchase are ultra-violet sterilizers and, for saltwater aquariums, protein skimmers. Ultra-violet sterilizers are fairly expensive, but, they produce crystal clear aquarium water and protect fish from bacterial infections and reduce parasitic infestations. Protein skimmers only perform well in a saltwater aquarium. They remove dissolved organics and certain proteins from the water and help to keep the water quality better, for a longer period of time. One other aspect that most aquarium hobbyists ignore is the quality of the water they put in the aquarium. Dechlorinaters on the market only remove chlorine and chloramines from the water. They do not remove phosphate, nitrates or other chemicals from the water. These elements are responsible for a number of problems, including nuisance algae. To remove these toxins from tap water you may need a reverse osmosis filter. It’s better for you and your fish.

Presented by Aquarium Creations of Brandon (813) 643-6149.


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