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The hobby of fish keeping is much more difficult than it seems It is also directly dependant on science The bacterial cycle is one aspect related to science As is how different filters work Water conditions such as temperature ph and salinity play a big role in successful fish keeping as well Science and Fish keeping go hand in hand When a tank is first started fish waste and excess food begins to decompose at the bottom One type of bacteria breaks it down to ammonia which is highly poisonous to fish Then a second type of bacteria breaks down the ammonia to nitrites nitrites are also moderately poisonous to fish in small amounts Lastly a third type of bacteria converts nitrites to nitrates which are not harmful to fish but build up to toxic amounts generally within a few months That is why 20 water changes every two weeks is essential to healthy fish keeping It generally takes a tank 21 days to cycle During those 21 days there are 3 days where the ammonia spikes to a large amount and 2 days later on when nitrites spike generally There are 2 types of filtration for fish tanks biological and mechanical Biological is what I spoke about in the previous paragraph Those bacteria grow best on objects besides gravel That is why having plastic plants and other dcor in the tank doesnt just make the tank look nice but also give the bacteria a better place to grow Mechanical filtration aids in biological filtration in two ways the water is filtered through a medium that helps dissolve the ammonia and nitrites into smaller pieces easier for the bacteria to convert and filter out bigger objects from the water such as excess food Generally the filter media is activated carbon within a floss cartridge The ph value in a tank doesnt generally matter for basic to medium aquarium hobbyist As long
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