Author: Fishlady

RO Water for Aquariums

February 24, 2017 By Fishlady

Changing pH, gH, and kH If you are sure you need to use  RO water in your aquarium the first thing you must be aware of is that RO can’t be used “neat”. Fish need some minerals or trace elements to be healthy and thrive and RO has virtually none.  Carbonates are necessary to prevent pH […]

Stocking An Aquarium

February 24, 2017 By Fishlady

Choosing appropriate fish Hopefully, you’re doing or have done a fishless cycle, you know the pH and hardness of your tap water and you’re ready to start stocking your aquarium. How many fish can your aquarium accommodate? Firstly, the number of fish you can keep in a tank is affected by quite a few variables. […]

Fishless Cycling Guide

February 24, 2017 By Fishlady

How to Cycle an Aquarium with Ammonia You can start your fishless cycle 24 hours after you have set up your aquarium, filled with dechlorinated water and turned on the heater and filter. Shopping List For Fishless Cycling There are a few things you’ll need to buy to carry out your cycle. This looks like an expensive list, […]

What is Fishless Cycling?

February 24, 2017 By Fishlady

What exactly is “fishless cycling”? Well, it has plenty to do with fish and nothing whatsoever to do with bicycles. For fish to survive in an aquarium,  there needs to be a way of dealing with their waste products and the toxins from them.  The way this is achieved is by a two-pronged approach: the […]

Is nitrate control really necessary?

February 24, 2017 By Fishlady

Why is the nitrate level important? The nitrate level in aquariums need to be controlled as at high levels they compromise the health and well-being of the fish. This can eventually lead to bacterial and fungal infections, white spot, fin-rot, and other diseases that take advantage of compromised immunity. High nitrate is often the cause […]

The Nitrogen Cycle in Aquariums

February 24, 2017 By Fishlady

What is the nitrogen cycle? Understanding the nitrogen cycle is the most important stage in keeping healthy fish. When a new tank is first started up, we need to establish the nitrogen cycle to ensure toxins from fish waste are cleaned from the water and so cannot harm the fish. Simply put, fish excrete ammonia […]