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Last update: April 7, 2021

Beginners guide to aquarium carbonate hardness (KH)

Next up in our beginner’s guide to water chemistry is KH. With KH’s ability to directly impact the pH of your tank, you’ll want to watch it darn closely. Today, I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about KH. What is aquarium KH? Carbonate hardness is referred to as KH for short. […]

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Last update: April 7, 2021

Beginners guide to aquarium General Hardness (GH)

Our final chapter in our beginner’s guide to water chemistry covers GH. GH is essentially the hardness of your water. And today, I’m going to teach you everything about it. What is aquarium GH? General hardness, also known as water hardness, is referred to as GH for short. It’s basically the measure of the many […]

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Last update: April 7, 2021

Ammonia – The Invisible Killer in Your Aquarium

Do you know that you have an invisible assassin in your aquarium? It hides in every tank and, if left unchecked, will soon kill all your fish. I’m talking about ammonia. And today, I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about it. What is ammonia, and where does it come from? Ammonia, […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Aquarium Test Strips – And, Why They Suck!

Now, I’m sure you will agree with me when I say: Good water quality and healthy fish go hand-in-hand. Just one problem – bad quality water and good quality water look identical. If your water is bad, your fish are suffering. That’s why you need a way to test it. No more guessing! One of […]

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Last update: April 7, 2021

The Beginner’s Guide to Aquarium Test Kits (And which is best!)

Do you want healthy and happy fish? Stupid question. Of course, you do! In my 30 years of fish keeping, I find that one of the biggest impacts on the health of fish is… Water quality Just one problem…. In an aquarium setup, poor water quality and good quality water can look identical. Let’s say […]

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The danger of NITRITES (and how to get rid of them!)

Let’s face it, nobody wants nitrites in their aquarium. I don’t want them. You don’t want them. Your fish certainly don’t want them. Even though nitrites are unwanted, they actually play an essential role in your aquarium. Today, I’m going to teach you everything you would want to know about them. Before I continue, I […]

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Last update: April 7, 2021

Aquarium Nitrates and how to get rid of them!

You might not be able to see them, but nitrates are hiding in every aquarium. Understanding this invisible compound is an important part of maintaining happy and healthy fish. Today, I’m going to teach you everything you would want to know about them. Before I continue, I want to make sure you read The Nitrogen […]

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Last update: April 7, 2021

Beginners Guide to the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle

You can’t see it… But deep inside your aquarium a cycle is occurring. The nitrogen cycle to be exact. To a beginner, the nitrogen cycle can be a difficult concept to understand. But don’t worry… Today, I am going to break the entire cycle down into easy-to-manage chunks. By the time you are done reading […]

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Last update: April 8, 2021

Oxygen: The Essential Ingredient to a Healthy Aquarium

You might not be able to see it, but it’s actually one of the most important parts of your aquarium. No, I’m not talking about the canister filter hidden away underneath your aquarium. I’m talking about oxygen. It’s funny – one of the only times you will think about the oxygen in your aquarium is […]

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The best water conditioner to make your tap water safe!

You can’t see it… You can’t smell it… Often, you can’t even taste it… But this invisible assassin is an expert at killing your fish. I am talking about disinfectants, like chlorine and chloramine, found in your tap water. To you and me, these disinfectants are considered harmless. But to your fish, they are deadly. […]