Is Your Aquarium Balanced?
By: John Morris

The world as we know it is in balance. Animals breathe
in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. Plant absorbs
carbon dioxide and give off oxygen as part of there
process of photosynthesis. Animals eat plants and
animals wastes, feed plants. Water evaporated from the
seas and come back to freshen the earth.

The absolute balance of an aquarium world is not usually
possible for a beginner. Usually the fish give off more
waste matter (both in gas and solids) than the plant life
can absorb. And plants almost never provide sufficient
food for fish life in an aquarium tank (the things that the
aquarium keeper must provide to maintain plant life). But
too much encourages the excess growth of algae,
causing green water and green-coated tank walls.

Below are the 4 things you as an aquarium keeper must
learn to balance:

It must be a balance of vegetable and animal matter. The
reason is that insufficient food stunts the growth and
lowers the resistance of fish to disease. On the flip side
too much food can also harm the fish by polluting the

Size of tank:
The tank must be larger enough to provide space
according to the number and size of the fish. It mustalso
have sufficient surface so that oxygen can be absorbed
to satisfy them.

This poses no problem for us in this part of the world as
the range of 24 degree centigrade to 30 obtainable here
is most ideal for tropical fish.

One or two inches of sand gravel is all that is required to
anchor plants. However be carefull because too much
gravel accumulates waste matter that tends to pollute the

Master balancing these 4 elements of your aquarium and
your tank will look great and your fish will live a long
happy life!

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