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How to Stabilize Aquarium pH Levels

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Fishing and Boating

The quality of the life of a fish is only as good as the water conditions that the fish lives in. This is what one must pay strict and close attention to the various maladies that a fish tanks water may face. Some of these maladies are easy to correct while others may not be so easy to correct.

Dirty water can be fixed by simply replacing it. Also, a little bit of preventive maintenance by way of regularly cleaning and monitoring the aquarium will probably save one a great deal of time and stress when it comes to keeping the tank clean and livable for the fish. Yes, sometimes even the most simple things escape people when they look for complicated problems and equally complicated solutions even when the situation calls for neither.

The other aspect one should always pay strict attention to is keeping an eye on the regulation of the water temperature. When the water temperature raises to a degree that is to high or lowers to a degree that is too low, then the life of the fish may be in jeopardy.

Now, these all seem simple enough and easy to grasp and, in their own way, they are. The one area that many people are not too familiar with nor do they understand in a clear manner is the issue of the pH levels in the aquarium. And to be sure, pH degrees are extremely important to monitor and pay attention to.

In a nutshell, the pH levels of an aquarium refer to the level of acidic and alkali components of the water in the aquarium. A proper balance should always be maintained and when that balance falls into an area or level that is far from harmonious, then there exists a situation that can prove to be fatal to the fish. When these levels get dangerously out of whack, then there is a great possibility that the shock to the system that the fish may face will be so dramatic that a fatal condition will manifest in the fish and lead to their premature departure from the world of the living.

So, how does one correct the situation and return the water levels to a stable level that is agreeable to the fish and creates an environment and allow the fish to continue living? While it is not an easy concept to totally understand, there is a fairly simple solution to the problem that can be effectively grasped even for the novice.

Primarily what one needs to add to the water are neutralizers and buffers that will stabilize the acid and alkaline levels to the degree that is required for the fish. Most of these stabilizing products are sold in great volume at any pet store that specialized in aquariums and tropical fish and if one is not familiar with what product to purchase, then one should consult with the qualified salespeople so as to arrive at a specific product that will properly address the specific needs of the fish and their owner.