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Understanding the

Science of

balancing Aquariums

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Aquarium Balance - how to maintain it.
Nathan Miller

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 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


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 aquarium.

Size of tank:

The tank must be larger enough to provide space according to
the number and size of the fish. It must also 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 careful because too much gravel
accumulates waste matter that tends to pollute the aquarium.

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

For more great aquarium related articles and
resources check out 

Stuffed Plush Fish

Colorful Fish & Aquatic Calendars


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