Good fish keepers know that poor water quality is almost always the cause of ill health in all types of fish, constant algae Blooms, and poorly looking aquatic plants are all normally due to poor water quality which can be avoided, Constantly striving to maintain good water quality is the most important aspect of all fish keeping and the secret behind the success of any tank. Fish are completely dependent on the water they live in to keep healthy, so it is your responsibility to make sure that their water is in the best possible condition.
Poor water quality causes fish to become stressed this is when parasites can attack fish more easily like us humans being ran down and then becoming subject to cold.. Stress in fish causes the natural defence mechanism, the immune system, to work less efficiently, thus making your fish vulnerable to disease or parasites.
Good water quality will also help fish that have been damaged or attacked to heal more quickly as good water quality will allow wounds to heal naturally. However, if your water quality is poor, then the chances are that bacertial infection will set in and you will have a whole host of other problems.
Poor water quality usually means that toxins are building up in the water, such as ammonia or nitrite. These are dangerous to fish and causes stress and even death if subject to high or prolonged readings. Poor water quality often means that the dissolved oxygen level is very low, which breathing difficult for fish.
To make sure you maintain good water quality we suggest buying a decent aquarium test kit if your testing a pond make sure you buy a pond test kit.
Make sure you buy a test kit that has Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and PH, We would suggest testing weekly and keeping a record of all results this will then allow you to spot if you are getting fluctuations in readings.
If any of your readings are high then we suggest that you carry out the following,
- Increase the aeration
- Immediately Carry out a series of daily 10% water changes
- Clean the aquarium gravel from any debris
- Check your fish daily for signs of infection or disease
- Check the water quality parameters daily to monitor the changes with your aquarium test kit
- reduce the amount of fish food you give your fish
- Add a carbon filter