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Water Conditions in the Aquarium

Its often said that keeping fish, is more often a case of keeping water. All fish have certain requirements when it comes to water, some are very fussy, and can survive in only specific conditions, whilst others can survive in almost any water, at the right temperature. The majority of fish are somewhere in between, and will survive in most waters, but need specific conditions to breed.

The water must of course be kept clean, generally achieved through a mix of filtration, water changes, cleaner animals and plants.

There are several key parameters that your aquarium water must get right to ensure your species thrive. In general, most fish from your local fish shop will be living in your local tapwater, treated to remove chlorine and other additives, that water companies add. This conditions are easy enough to replicate, and will probably be perfectly adequatr for these fish. This is particularly true of the cheaper species that make the bulk of your dealers stock. There are of course other fish that like very different water, and these will require specialist knowledge of their natural habitat; perhaps very soft and acidic, like a rainforest swamp, or hard and alkaline like the rift lakes of East Africa. Providing conditions for these species is easy with a little know-how.








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

A shoal of tetras? A well-planted Amazon tank with a large shoal of neon tetras looks amazing. The bright neon blue and red against a green leafy background has got to be one of the best combinations in fishkeeping. It is no wonder that these are one of the most popular aquarium species. But as with all shoaling species, tetras need to be kept in a group to be happy. The larger the better (without overstocking your tank). Six individuals is usually seen as the absolute minimum in a shoal, but more is better. The effect of a large tank with a shoal of 30-40 neon or cardinal tetras is simply stunning


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