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Boiled, melted or distilled water for aquarium
Boiled melt or distilled water
Everyone knows that before you pour water into the aquarium, you need to defend it for at least one day. But, there are other ways to prepare aquarium water – this is boiling, freezing and distilling.
We will talk about them in more detail.
So, all the above-mentioned methods of preparing aquarium water are as effective as sludge of tap water. Moreover, these methods make the water “soft” – i.e. significantly reduce the rigidity of the aquarium water, as well as killing harmful bacteria and other filth.
Boiled aquarium water The procedure itself consists in the fact that you collect tap water and boil it for at least 1 hour, after cooling it and pouring it into the aquarium, while ensuring that the sediment formed at the bottom does not fall into the reservoir.
Once I tried this method, put three “jans” on gas and started boiling! Half an hour later the kitchen turned into a sauna – evaporation was capital!
However, the reserved water was extracted. Why am I this – and the fact that you will not be troubled with boiling.
If you have a huge aquarium, imagine how much you need to boil that water, even for a substitute. In addition, when boiling die, not only harmful bacteria, but also useful “flora.”
Therefore, I tend more and recommend freezing water.
Melt aquarium water
Actually, we take plastic 5-10 liter beaches from under mineral water, pour tap water into them and put in the freezer for a day. After a day we reach, defrost and add to the aquarium without sediment.
Tip: Do not fill the beaches until it stops; remember, the water expands when frozen.
In my opinion – this is the best way to prepare and soften aquarium water. Everyone knows that melt water is useful not only for fish, but also for people, it retains all its beneficial properties and does not contain harmful substances.
This is the difference between thawed and distilled water.
Distilled Aquarium Water
You can buy in a container, and you can take from a reverse osmosis filter. Such water is also suitable for an aquarium, especially if you need to soften the water.
The only negative – it is “dead”! So, the choice is yours!
Water change in the aquarium, what kind of water is needed for the aquarium?
Let’s talk about the questions asked in order:
In order for chlorine to evaporate and a 24-hour excess of dissolved oxygen will be enough to keep the tap water. The maximum water for the aquarium defend 14 days.
This should be done in a bowl with a wide neck.
I note that in pet stores sold a large number of specials. preparations for adaptation of tap water (for example, AquaSafe from the Tetra series, etc.). In addition, these drugs have additional additives that improve the quality of aquarium water.
I strongly recommend using them.
Frequently asked questions: About changing aquarium water, for example, is it possible to replace aquarium water (1/4 volume) with undisturbed tap water?
– Nothing bad can happen (one thing, but: it should be about the same temperature as in the aquarium, do not pour ice water from the tap). But still, if you are a caring owner or fish are expensive … Do not be lazy to defend the water.
When changing aquarium water, always remember that old water is always better than fresh water. In many sources, they talk about the need to replace the weekly aquarium water to fresh. Personally, I disagree with that.
Since the older the aquarium water, the better it is configured biological balance. I replace the aquarium water in my aquariums about once a month and I think that this is quite enough.
For ten years aquarium management complaints from aquarium fish on this issue have been reported.
Making conclusions and summing up, I emphasize:
– Frequent change of aquarium water is not needed!
– The frequency of changing the aquarium water to fresh depends on the volume of your aquarium. The larger the aquarium, the less need to replace the aquarium water.
– The change of aquarium water can be done with undisturbed water (up to 1/5 parts). But not desirable. )))
– The clouding of aquarium water after a fresh substitution is a direct evidence of an imbalance in the aquarium. (clouding will pass by itself, in 3-5 days).
– Answering the question what kind of water is needed for an aquarium and fish? I will say – better than old than new.
If the water is green, dirty or muddy – use aquarium coal and other specials. drugs. In addition, consider the specifics of your fish.
For example, discus – very picky to the conditions of detention and require frequent replacement of new super high-quality water and high temperature.
– Carrying out a complete change of aquarium water (restarting the aquarium), pour into the container and leave at least 1/3 of the old water. Exception, disease and quarantine aquarium!
– Changing the aquarium water should follow the cleaning of the aquarium, and not vice versa.
I recommend also to read the article. AQUARIUM WATER from which you will learn about the qualitative components of aquarium water and methods for balancing them in the home.
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How and how much to change the water in the aquarium, the frequency of water changes
How to change the water in the aquarium?
In this article we will discuss a fairly simple, but at the same time, a difficult question regarding the change of water in the aquarium. It is simple because there is no need to replace water in the aquarium. However, there are a lot of nuances and certain specifics that you need to know on this issue.
The matter is further complicated by the lack of complete, comprehensive information on the Internet. As a rule, information about the change of water in an aquarium is either compressed, or one-sided, or only a certain part is covered.
No exception was our site. Here, for example, article Boiled, melted or distilled water for aquarium.
It seems the article is good, but narrow and concise.
So let’s fix this defect. We will consider the question “How to change the water in an aquarium?” As fully as possible and that, in turn, will enable us to make changing water as simple and effective as possible.
For convenience, let’s break down the article into the following sections:
1. WHY DO I NEED TO CHANGE WATER IN THE AQUARIUM, DO I NEED TO DO IT AT ALL?
2. WHY FOR DEFINING AQUARIUM WATER?
3. HOW IS THE CORRECT AND HOW MUCH ON TIME DO I NEED TO LEAVE WATER FOR THE AQUARIUM?
4. WHAT TO DO IF A BIGGER NUMBER OF AQUARIUM WATER IS NECESSARY TO DECLINE? OTHER WAYS OF PREPARING WATER FOR THE AQUARIUM?
5. HOW OFTEN AND IN WHAT VOLUME DO I NEED TO REPLACE AQUARIUM WATER WITH FRESH?
6. THE RIGHT ORDER IS THE PROCESS OF CHANGING AQUARIUM WATER.
WHY DO I NEED TO CHANGE WATER IN THE AQUARIUM, DO I NEED TO DO IT AT ALL?
Many novice aquarists are faced with different opinions about the need to change the aquarium water. Often on the forums or from friends you can hear the phrase: “That I do not change the water at all and …. all OK “or” I rarely, rarely … and also all OK. ” Here that, at the beginner and there is a stupor!
How so? I’ve decorated the entire balcony with buckets, how do I carry a water carrier from the bathroom to the aquarium, but it turns out that this is “monkey labor” !?
Without tormenting for a long time, I will answer you – do not listen to these “uncles and aunts”! They mislead you.
AQUARIUM WATER MUST BE CHANGED!
And the thing is this! In the process of vital activity of all aquatic aquatic organisms (inhabitants), the aquarium itself, or rather, the water becomes clogged. For example, an excess of food, fish feces, dead leaves of plants and other organic matter.
All this “dirt” turns into the most terrible poison – ammonia, which is destructive for all living things in an aquarium. Further, nitrifying bacteria that are in the water, the filter and the soil “decompose” ammonia to nitrite (poison), then nitrates (“weak” poison), and then the remains turn into a gaseous state and leave the water.
So, no matter how many useful nitrifying bacteria are in the aquarium of colonies, no matter how many live plants are in the aquarium, which also partially absorb ammonia, no matter how powerful the filters are … no matter, the above poisons tend to accumulate. And you can bring them ONLY REGULAR REPLACEMENT OF WATER TO CLEAN.
What happens in an aquarium for those who do not change the water for a long time? Many aquarium fish tend to adapt and live in the worst conditions – get used to the poisons. However, this function of “survival in any conditions” is not eternal.
In fish, irreversible changes occur in the internal organs, mucous membranes and gills. Fish weaken, their immunity falls.
And the “Doomsday” comes when an outbreak of a bacterial, fungal or infusorian attack occurs … not many survive!
In total, the change of aquarium water is one of the most important ways to maintain “health in the aquarium”, one cannot do without it. Laziness in this matter is a fatal mistake!
WHY DRAIN AQUARIUM WATER?
HOW IS IT CORRECT TO DO IT?
There is such a non-contagious sore in fish, called Gas embolism. In a nutshell – this is the entry of small air bubbles into the blood vessels and blood of fish.
As a result, there is a blockage of blood vessels. Fishes begin to swim sideways, the behavior becomes alarming, fearful. The fins and the whole body begin to tremble convulsively.
The movement of the gill covers slows down, and then completely stops … further death!
A frequent cause of gas emboli is inadequate settled water for an aquarium. The fact is that tap water (tap water) is excessively saturated with air bubbles that are so small that they are not even visible to the human eye.
Just imagine how much water “poured through the pipes” until it reached your tap!
Thus, filling the tap water in an aquarium with fish – YOU ARE VERY RISK. Yes, in practice, everything can do, but this is a game of Russian roulette.
What happens to water, if it is defended? What happens is that small bubbles gradually merge and come out of the water.
Water saturation by air decreases, the risks are reduced to zero.
In addition, it is worth noting that in the process of settling water for the aquarium, heavy and harmful compounds, for example, chlorine as sediment at the bottom of the container and film on the surface of the water, settle.
HOW IS THE CORRECT AND HOW MUCH ON TIME DO I NEED TO LEAVE WATER FOR THE AQUARIUM?
Everything is simple and should not cause much difficulty. The water in the aquarium should settle in a container with a wide neck: a bucket, a basin, an enamel saucepan. You understand that in a bottle with a narrow neck, excess air goes out poorly.
Container for sludge should not be metallic, rusty or made of toxic substances or paints. Plastic buckets, perhaps the best and easiest option for defending aquarium water.
About the time. The longer the water settles, the better! I personally defend the water for 7 days – this is convenient and coincides with my Sunday schedule for changing the water in the aquarium.
In general, such terms of water settling 1-14 days roam the Internet.
WHAT TO DO IF A LARGE AMOUNT OF WATER IS NECESSARY TO DECLINE? OTHER WAYS OF PREPARING WATER FOR THE AQUARIUM?
But this is really a problematic issue for owners of large aquariums and not large apartments! How to defend 50, and then 100 liters of water?
If this is a new aquarium and the first launch of the aquarium is made, you can immediately fill in the aquarium with tap water, defend it and at the same time add air conditioners to improve the quality of water.
If water is needed for replacement, then our first glance is the only rational option is to purchase construction containers (plastic buckets for mixing mixtures) for 50, 100 liters.
Other ways to prepare aquarium water in the first place include: boiling, freezing water, as well as its purchase of water in the store. See more about this. HERE.
Also, aquarium water can be prepared using special air conditioners such as: Tetra AquaSafe, AMMO-LOC, Sera aqutan and others.
Here is a video about one of them:
HOW OFTEN AND IN WHAT VOLUME DO I NEED TO REPLACE WATER IN THE AQUARIUM?
Almost in all books, on all sites, they write standardly what needs to be changed weekly? part of the water from the total volume of the aquarium. This is a generally accepted norm, BUT NOT DOGMA.
Here, look, please statistics of the survey, which is conducted on our site.
How often do you change the aquarium water to fresh?
As you can see, everyone changes the water in different ways and the weekly replacement of aquarium water is not a dogma! Why?
It’s very simple – everyone has different aquariums, different fish, plants, and so on. For example, there are fish that love the “old” water and the frequent change of water only annoys them (the family of labyrinth fish). The abundance of living plants, also reduces pollution in the aquarium.
In the end, someone has a large aquarium, someone has a small, someone has a big fish, and someone has a small one.
All this individual specificity of the content of fish excludes the concept dogma number and frequency of substitution of aquarium water. And there is only one advice – you should adapt yourself and you should come to the conclusion about how often and how much water you need to change in your aquarium.
In this case, you must take into account the volume of the reservoir, the population of the aquarium, the individual characteristics of the fish, the presence or number of plants, the filter power, the presence of ion exchange resins in the filter, and so on.
THE RIGHT ORDER OF CHANGING AQUARIUM WATER
Finally, I want to give attention to the beginner aquarists, that it is only necessary to change the aquarium water after cleaning the aquarium, and not before.
That is, first we:
– clean the filter and other equipment;
– wipe the walls of the aquarium;
– we thin and cut the plants;
– siphon soil;
– perform other manipulations and permutations;
– and only then we replace part of the water with fresh one;
If you have any questions, any comments on the article, please leave them in the comments – we will discuss.
Little just prepare the water and pour it into the aquarium. Her follow-up care is required. which involves filtering and ozonation. The most common filter types are:
- Internal. The most budget, and therefore a common option. It is a pump that distills the liquid through a foam sponge filtering composition.
- External. They are often bought for large volumes. They do not take up extra space inside the aquarium and have large volumes of filter materials. Sterilizers are also installed on the external filter.
As you can see, collecting water for the aquarium and its further control is a simple process.