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Beautiful aquarium with yellow fishThe words “mature aquarium,” “biological balance,” and “nitrification process” are words that everyone who starts an aquarium eventually hears. All of them have to do with the bacteria that live in the aquarium.


The tank’s first days

It might seem easy to set up an aquarium. You might think it’s enough to put the substrate in the aquarium, plant the plants, pour water over everything, and then let the fish in. But when beginners do this, they usually have a lot of problems with the tank, get upset, and give up on the aquarium in the end.

During the first three to four weeks of an aquarium’s life, beneficial bacteria colonize the tank and set up the biological balance. Putting the fish in the aquarium is without a doubt the most common mistake made during this time. Because there aren’t enough bacteria, the water quality goes down quickly. Ammonia and nitrite, which are very bad for fish, are showing up in the aquarium.


How things should go

After putting water in the new aquarium and turning on the machines, the water needs to be “conditioned.” First, use antichlor, which gets rid of chlorine quickly. Chlorine is poisonous and dangerous to aquarium fish, but it is always in tap water because chlorine compounds are used to clean it. Then, after about a dozen minutes, add Esklarin with aloe, which binds heavy metals and effectively conditions the water, making it safe for water organisms.

In place of these two products, you can use Supreme, which treats the water and neutralizes chlorine and heavy metal salts at the same time. Because it has aloe vera extract, it helps relieve stress, soothes cuts, and speeds up the healing of damaged epidermis, which lowers the risk of inflammation.

Even though there are no fish in the tank yet, treat the water so that you can add Tropical Bacto-Active and Tropica Nitri-Active the next day. Tropical Bacto-Active is made up of many different types of saprophytic bacteria, which break down organic matter. Because of what they did, nitrifying bacteria can settle in the new aquarium faster, and the biological balance can be reached in less time. Tropical Nitro-Active is made up of nitrifying bacteria that live in aquariums naturally.

By using both products, you can speed up the time it takes for the aquarium to be ready for fish. But don’t let all of the planned stock in at once. When you put a lot of fish into a tank that isn’t big enough for them all at once, their waste and uneaten food will build up quickly. By breaking down this trash, bacteria will put into the water nitrogenous compounds that fish can’t handle. If the tank was old enough, bacteria called nitrifying bacteria would start to work quickly to turn these harmful substances into ones that are safer. When there aren’t enough nitrifying bacteria in an aquarium that is still young, this reaction chain doesn’t work as well, which is bad for the fish’s health.

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