Step 1 - Aquarium and Equipment
Step 2 - Oxygen and Water quality
Step 3 - Fish, Plant and Coral Selection
Step 4 - Food and Supplements
Step 5 - Maintenance

Step 1 - Aquarium and Equipment

The first step of the ladder to aquarium success is to have the right aquarium and the right equipment for the fish that you wish to keep.

Equipment check list

- Adequate size tank - You must ensure that the aquarium that you purchase will provide enough room for the fish that you select to grow and thrive.

- Adequate size filter - The filter that you have must be able to house enough bacteria in the filter to break down the amount of waste that is produced by the fish that you wish to keep.

There is a new filter media product which is soon to be released in Australia which is called Revolution. Revolution refugium is a block or balls made of cell pore which allows the perfect safe place for all different types of bacteria and micro organisms. It is the perfect way to control Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. These blocks or balls can be placed in the filter, sump or the back of the tank. Revolution is the most amazing filter media on the market.

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Another amazing new media which is also about to be released in Australia is called Polyfilter. Polyfilter is able to damatically reduce you maintainance and algae growth, it is the most amazing chemical media. It removes all impurities out of the water including phosphate. A must for every aquarium!

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Step 2 - Oxygen and Water quality

The second step of the ladder to aquarium success is to have adequate oxygen and water quality to allow the fish to thrive.

- Oxygen is an essential element for fish; the way that you provide oxygen level at saturation is to ensure that the surface area of the aquarium is totally agitated, which will allow gas exchange.

- Each type of fish has particular water parameter requirements. It is important to understand and provide the fish you want to keep with the correct conditions. These include Temperature, pH, kH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate maybe even Calcium, Phosphate and Salt Level. This means that not all fish should be kept together and you need to match up the conditions you are providing with the requirements of the fish that you wish to keep.

There are new products such as Easylife available on the market that affect the molecular structure of the water. Easylife will help to hold all of the good and precipitate all of the bad elements out of both fresh and salt water. This is the best way of providing perfect oxygen and water quality.

Step 3 - Fish, Plant and Coral Selection

You must ensure that the animals that you keep suit the particular water parameters that you offer in your tank.

- It is important to understand the behaviour of the fish you wish to keep and that not all fish get along with each other. Some will be territorial, some aggressive, some predatory and some will eat plants, corals and invertebrates.

- When introducing coral to your tank you need to ensure that they are receiving adequate amounts of light and water flow. This may mean that you have to relocate the coral if it does not look to be thriving after 3 weeks in a particular spot.

Step 4 - Food and Supplements

Fish, plants and corals require particular ratios of nutrients and trace elements in order to thrive. How well your animals thrive will be limited to the availability of these nutrients and supplements.

- It is important to offer your fish the best quality food possible. Variety may be valuable but is no substitute for quality. The best quality food on the market is New Life Spectrum, which delivers the exact ratios of nutrients required by all fish.

- Many plants and corals will require supplements in order to thrive, e.g. Iron, Manganese, Calcium, Strontium, Magnesium and Iodide.

Step 5 - Maintenance Every aquarium will require routine maintenance in order to thrive, e.g. test water, clean mechanical filter media, replace chemical filter media, clean biological filter media in water from the tank, and clean substrate with gravel vacuum when you do a partial water change.

Keeping any type of fish can be amazingly enjoyable and rewarding as long as you climb the 5 step ladder to aquarium success.

Good luck and enjoy!

Paul Talbot