Basic Advice

Testing in Between Maintenance Visits: 3 Numbers to Keep an Eye On

Even if you trust your aquarium maintenance company completely, it always pays to know a few things about your aquarium so you can keep an eye on it in between maintenance visits. Here are three things to keep an eye on to ensure your aquarium is in good working order.

Counting the fish

Very basic, yes, but this is one of the simplest things you can do to check that everything is running OK. If you notice a fish is missing, you’ll have to find it and see what went wrong. This could tip you off to other potential issues in the tank.

Testing the pH

The pH level of the tank is a super easy to test and yet crucial marker of aquarium health. Different fish have different preferences, but most thrive around a pH of 7 in freshwater and over 8 for saltwater, which happens to be perfectly neutral. From there, every number below (more acidic) or above (more basic) is 10 times more than the previous, because the pH scale is logarithmic. If you notice anything odd, call your service provider for instructions.

Checking the nitrate levels

A byproduct of the ammonia that all fish secrete in they day-to-day activities, nitrates are not toxic but still should be kept in balance. To test for nitrates, simply follow the instructions on your test kit and match up the color to the right nitrate level, comparing that to the range your aquarium servicer has given you.

If any of the three factors above look odd, get in touch with your aquarium servicer right away. At Blue Planet Aquarium Service, we have a 24/7/365 emergency maintenance crew that’s ready for anything.

About Jon Wolf

Servicing Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana & Michigan, Blue Planet Aquarium Services has been the most trusted name in aquarium design, installation and maintenance since 1999. A company large enough to be dependable but small enough to still watch out for your best interests, Blue Planet is the only company to call if you are planning to install an aquarium or have one maintained.