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Aquarium - The Importance Of Measuring PH In Your Aquarium

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

Introduction

When you get your aquarium, you suddenly need to remember all those chemistry courses you took in school. The one parameter you need to understand and maintain is pH.

pH And Your Fish

pH is a measure of how acid or caustic your aquariums water is. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14. A measurement below 7 is considered acidic and a measurement above 7 is considered basic or caustic. A measurement of exactly 7 is considered neutral.

Freshwater fish live in a range of pH from 5.0 to 9.0, but most of the freshwater fish that you will encounter for your aquarium live in water that have a pH range of 6.5 to 8.0.

pH is the number one cause of stress in fish that will usually lead to the death of your fish. This is unfortunate because measuring pH is one of the simplest measurements you have to make to keep the chemistry right in your aquarium.

Any sudden change in pH, even by as little as.2 units can be stressful to your fish. That is why it is important that when you purchase new fish, you need to know what the pH is of the water is at the store. This way you will prevent the premature death of your fish.

What Causes pH Changes

There are several things that can cause the pH to change in your aquarium. Such things as waste in your aquarium, adding water, evaporation, exposure to the atmosphere and the degree of your waters hardness.

Measuring the pH of your aquarium once a week or when ever you perform a change to the water will be enough. But if one of your fish turns up sick or you have a dead fish, you should measure the pH of your aquarium to see if it is the cause of your lose.

If your pH is out of its normal range or it is moving around more than usual, check for carbonate being introduced. You can also take a sample of your tanks water to your local pet store. They will help you determine the reason for your pH changes and will even give you some solutions. Most pet stores will perform this for free.

Conclusion

PH is an important chemistry parameter you need to measure at least once a week. If your pH changes even by as little as.2 units, it can cause stress in your fish and could lead to death.

J.W. Chase has been keeping a 75-gallon aquarium with several different fish species. He has extensive knowledge of how to maintain an aquarium keeping all his fish healthy and smiling. His web site has information on keeping aquariums and your fish happy. If you want more information on how to keep an aquarium go to his site http://www.squidoo.com/homefreshwateraquariums.

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