Record Keeping

One should keep records of all water tests carried out. Include the date, time, and any comments needed to describe conditions in the aquarium at that moment. In this way, you develop a history of conditions in the tank that can be of great value in diagnosing problems later. Such a log can also help identify trends in water-quality fluctuations, enabling corrective action to be taken before such fluctuations become serious. One can purchase record books with printed forms for aquarium records, or use a simple loose-leaf binder. Include in the record the date and amount of water changes and the name, size, and date of introduction of each specimen placed in the aquarium. Other important data are such things as date of lamp replacements, feeding schedules and type of foods preferred, and events such as spawnings or deaths of animals. Also record purchase dates for equipment for warranty purposes (staple the receipt to the page as proof of purchase in case a warranty repair or replacement should become necessary). Two sample Aquarium Log pages (one for water tests, one for livestock) are reproduced on pages 139 and 140; they may be photocopied or used as the basis for creating your own versions. Even notes jotted in a desk calendar or diary are better than nothing and often very helpful in tracking down the start of a problem or an improvement in the system. (For example, more than one aquarist has been able to correlate the onset of dismaying algae blooms with the addition of certain "reef stimulants," vitamin supplements, or other ad ditives.) Periodically adding a snapshot or Polaroid photograph to the Aquarium Log is another useful way to track the growth of your specimens and the general progress of your reef.

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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