How to Keep a Successful Aquarium

How to Keep a Successful Aquarium

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Aquarium Basics

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Basic Aquarium Facts

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Aquarium Maintenance

Maintaining the Temperature and pH Balance in Your Aquarium

Maintaining the Temperature and pH Balance in Your Aquarium

Adding Fish to Your Aquarium

Adding Fish to Your Aquarium

Understanding Fish Compatibility for Your Aquarium

Understanding Fish Compatibility for Your Aquarium

Understanding Potential Fish Diseases in Your Aquarium

Understanding Potential Fish Diseases in Your Aquarium

Saltwater Aquarium - Trouble Shooting

Saltwater Aquarium - Trouble Shooting

Saltwater Aquarium - Selecting Live Animals

Saltwater Aquarium - Selecting Live Animals

Saltwater Aquarium - Additives

Saltwater Aquarium - Additives

Saltwater Aquarium - Feeding the Fish

Saltwater Aquarium - Feeding the Fish

Saltwater Aquarium - Essential Equipment

Saltwater Aquarium - Essential Equipment

Saltwater Aquarium - Lighting

Saltwater Aquarium - Lighting

Saltwater Aquarium - Finding Salinity

Saltwater Aquarium - Finding Salinity

How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

Understanding Potential Fish Diseases in Your Aquarium

Understanding Potential Fish Diseases in Your Aquarium

Understanding Fish Compatibility for Your Aquarium

Understanding Fish Compatibility for Your Aquarium

Adding Fish to Your Aquarium

Adding Fish to Your Aquarium

Maintaining the Temperature and pH Balance in Your Aquarium

Maintaining the Temperature and pH Balance in Your Aquarium

Aquarium Maintenance

Aquarium Maintenance

Basic Aquarium Facts

Basic Aquarium Facts

Aquarium Basics

Aquarium Basics

How to Keep a Successful Aquarium

How to Keep a Successful Aquarium

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Check On Pet Dental Health

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Find Pet Food For Every Stage Of Life

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Special Care Tips For Older Dogs

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The Best Pets For Children

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Energy Efficiency Tips For Pet Owners

How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

How to Keep a Successful Aquarium

How to Keep a Successful Aquarium

Saltwater Aquarium - Finding Salinity

Saltwater Aquarium - Finding Salinity

Saltwater Aquarium - Lighting

Saltwater Aquarium - Lighting

Saltwater Aquarium - Essential Equipment

Saltwater Aquarium - Essential Equipment

Saltwater Aquarium - Feeding the Fish

Saltwater Aquarium - Feeding the Fish

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Jim Karanikas

Marine Biologist, Aquatic Inspirations, LLC

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Aquatic Inspirations is an upscale, high-end aquarium design and maintenance company created by Jim Karanikas, a marine biologist with over 35 years of experience in the field. We operate in a professional, discreet manner, maintaining the highest standards of quality and service. Prior to Aquatic Inspirations, Jim owned and operated Tropical Fish World in Gaithersburg, Maryland for 22 years. He has kept almost every kind of aquarium fish and was one of the first people to successfully breed marine Angelfish in captivity. His love of the water goes beyond fish - Jim is a competitive swimmer, former swim coach, and routinely competes in triathlons. Jim has volunteered at the National Aquarium and has given many talks about tropical fish and live coral husbandry to local fish clubs. He resides in Montgomery County, Maryland with his family. We hope you enjoy the videos. If you have further questions, please email us at jim@aquatic-inspirations.com. And thank you for allowing Aquatic Inspirations to bring the beauty of the ocean to you!

Maintaining the Temperature and pH Balance in Your Aquarium

Marine Biologist Jim Karanikas discusses how to maintain the temperature and proper pH levels in your aquarium.

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During the winter when your house is usually cooler, we want to take the knob on the top and turn it down a little bit and drop the temperature down between 73 and 75. Now, make sure that when you do change the temperature of aquarium, you don't change it more than about two degrees a day, would be maximum. Fish can get sick of the chill down too quickly. Another important factor in the aquarium is pH. Most fish can live in a pH of around 6.

5 to 7.

5. Now, there are some fish, come from different parts of the world that have a much higher pH than that and we could talk about them later. But for the most part, most of the tropical fish are going to be around neutral which is 7.

0.

Now, off the shelf you can purchase a pH adjustor. It's a powder that you can just put in the aquarium and it will maintain your pH right at 7.

0. It's a very easy to use and it's great for beginners. However, when planes of aquarium, like this tank, you may not want to use this, because it has phosphates in it and phosphates would grow algae. In that case, you would want to use either product like this from Seachem that has an alkaline acid buffer. It's a phosphate free buffer. So, it's little bit more difficult to use and I would recommend it only if you had aquariums so well and I would consider you more of an expert.

Now, the thermometer in the aquarium could be placed either with the glass thermometer inside the aquarium like this or we can use a liquid crystal thermometer that we would place from the outside of the tank. Let's go ahead and do that. Basically just peel off the back it's just permanently in one spot. We just stick it on there and within a few minutes it will light up a greenish color to whatever temperature it is. This one right now is probably between 78 and 80 degrees which is perfect for these types of fish.

Alright, let's check the pH of the water. It's far a good idea to get a small test kit that has your pH, ammonia and nitrate. Those are the three basic things you want to check on a regular basis. I think, about once a month, if you check the pH, ammonia, nitrate and just monitor it and you will be in good shape. So, what we would do, is we take the vial. We put it in the aquarium. Fill it up to the line and then we are going to add three drops of the indicator in there and then we are going to cap it because we don't want to use our finger on here because our finger can make it more acidic than what it is. We shake this up and then we are going to put it against the color chart and see what the pH we have. So, anywhere from 7.

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5 is okay. As you see our color right back here in the middle right 7.

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