If you want to experience owning pets, you can start by setting up your own fish tank. It is fun and interesting to watch the fish in a tank swim around so you and your guests can truly enjoy the experience. It’s very easy and simple to take care of different kinds of fish in your tank as long as you learn how first. There is a proper way of managing your own fish tank and you must learn this if you don’t want to end up wasting your energy and money. In order to keep your fish alive, you must set up the aquarium properly and it’s not as easy as you may think. Your fish bowl or aquarium would not always be clean as fish also excretes inside it. The excretion produced by the fish would be turned into ammonia that is toxic in just a few hours. It is obvious that it is dangerous for fish to have high concentration of ammonia in the tank. Just before you receive the actual fish for your own aquarium you need to perfectly implement what is called as the nitrogen cycle. The ammonia level of the fish tank raises as the fish excretes in the water and when it gets high enough, a lot of fish will die. The nitrogen cycle steps done by nature naturally convert the ammonia into nitrates thus the fish thrives. Ammonia is toxic but is finally changed to nitrite which is what you would want to have for your fish tank. It is best to buy an aquarium nitrogen monitoring test kit for an accurate detection of the nitrogen in the water.
An aquarium can greatly benefit if you buy an accurate test kit to detect the ammonia level in the aquarium. To keep your water nitrogen levels low, you can manipulate the nitrogen cycle or change part of the water yourself. To be effective in controlling the levels of nitrogen in the water you need to have enough time and patience. Nitrogen in the water is properly cycled after 2 weeks to about 2 months. A fish tank without fish can already be processed for nitrogen cycle as this is already possible. Decomposition of food in the fish tank leads to the ammonia release. Regularly test the water for its nitrate levels and change a part of the water with clean water. To avoid killing the bacteria in the water that are beneficial to the fish, make sure you don’t directly add water that has been chlorinated. Water aeration is a process that is necessary in order to make the tap water safe to be added to the aquarium. If you add antibiotics to the water of your fish tank, remember that it also kills the beneficial kinds of bacteria. Separate the infected fish from all the healthy fish and place it on a different tank and there you can add the antibiotics for treatment. A good and well taken cared of fish tank will keep your fish alive for its life span. Do not put too much fish food in your tank as this could poison all your fish. If the water in your aquarium is looking a bit cloudy then you must change the water.