Whether you are looking after a fishbowl with one little goldfish in it, a 50 gallon tank filled with a variety of species, or a beautiful pond in your backyard that is home to some special coy fish, it is important that the water is kept in healthy, livable conditions for them.
No matter the scenario, we have taken these fish out of their natural habitat, meaning that there are bound to be inconsistencies between the water we provide for them and the water they are created to live in.
Lucky for you, we have put together a little guide on ways to make water safe for fish, so you can keep your little buddies happy, healthy, and comfortable in whatever type of home you have set up for them.
- Bottom Diffused Aeration
One of the most important things you can do to keep your pond fish healthy is to aerate their environment. Oxygen levels and water quality are directly related and the best way for you to properly manage your pond’s oxygen levels is through bottom-diffused aeration.
- Plants for Oxygenation
Plants are also a great way to oxygenate your pond water. Plants such as water-crowfoot, hornwort, waterweed, and water violet are popular options – they grow on or under the water and, if conditions are right, release oxygen into the water. However this option is most effective in preventing algae, not getting rid of present algae.
- Barely Straw for Algae Removal
Barely straw (yes, really!) is a natural algae killer that will not harm either your fish or your plants (yay!). It is cheaper, more effective, and less harmful than chemical mixtures commonly used for such purposes.
- Condition the Tap Water
Tap water often contains chemicals that can actually be toxic to your fish. For this reason it is important to condition your tap water so it is safe to use in your fish tank. You can do this a number of ways, including using de-chlorination products or water conditioning products, and also by letting the tap water sit in the tank with an aerator for 24-48 hours before putting the fish into the tank.
- Biological, Mechanical, and Chemical Filtration
Each type of filtration is essential to the health and cleanliness of your tank water. Together, they neutralize ammonia and nitrates as well as removing debris and contaminants. There are many filtration systems available that perform all three methods.
- Weekly/Monthly Water Rotation
Once a week, you should replace 10% of your tanks water with new, clean water, along with cleaning any algae from the tank and testing the waters pH, ammonia, and chlorine levels.
Additionally, once per month you should be replacing closer to 25% of your tanks water with new, clean water, along with cleaning or replacing the filters, cleaning any decorative items you may have in the tank, and vacuuming the gravel, and pruning any live plants that you may have in the tank.
Do It For The Fish
These tips and tricks will help keep your pond or tank water clean and your fish healthy – so what are you waiting for!