So What Chemicals Do I Need For My Aquarium At Home?
There is a large variety of chemicals aimed toward at-home aquariums on the market. However, we at Home Aquatics pride ourselves in only uses products we know will make the safest and happiest environment for both our animals, as well as yours at home. With so many chemicals on the market, it's hard to know which ones your really need for your aquarium. So, to help you with your aquarium set-up and maintenance, we at Home Aquatics have put together a list of chemicals we recommend for your aquarium.
Tap water straight out of the faucet contains chemicals, such as chlorine, chloramines, ammonia, and heavy metals that can be harmful to your fish. Tap water must be treated before being introduced to your Aquarium to ensure healthy and happy fish. Untreated tap water can irritate and burn a fish's gills, therefore causing discomfort and making it hard for your fish to breathe, possibly resulting in death if gone untreated.
Dechlorinator is offered here on our site, and we firmly recommend its use for the sake of healthy and happy pets.
Many chemical products for aquariums contain the ingredient Methylene Blue. Methylene Blue has many beneficial qualities such as: Prevention and Treatment of Fungus, Preventing Fungal Growth on Fish Eggs, and Aiding the Decrease of Nitrite Levels. While Methylene Blue does all of these things, the kicker is that it can do them too well. Treating your water with products containing Methylene Blue too frequently can result in water that is too sterile to safely house your aquatic pets. While it does do a good job in killing off bad bacteria, aquariums need a certain level of beneficial bacterial to keep everything balanced.
With no good bacterial in your water, there is a high likelihood of your Ammonia levels rising to a risky height. Ammonia gives off very few warning signs, as it alone will not cloud up your water to indicate something being off. Without regular testing, Ammonia can be almost impossible to detect, acting as a silent killer to your beloved aquatic pets.
Using chemicals containing Methylene Blue should only be used in the most extreme cases, and only for their intended purpose and dosage. Frequent use of these chemicals must be combated by more frequent water changes, trading out medicated water with clean new water. During this high useage, your nitrate cycle will be disrupted, therefore your tank must be cleaned more regularly to insure fish health until after treatment is finished.
Stress Coat is also a type of dechlorinator, enriched with aloe to help fish endure a slime coat. A slime Coat is a fish's main defense against infection and disease. It acts as a shield against disease causing organisms in the fish's external environment. It also acts as a barrier to prevent loss of internal electrolytes and body fluids.
Aloe is a natural irritant to a fish's skin. When a fish comes into contact with aloe, it will make the fish feel itchy. Because the fish is itchy, it will begin to rub up against things within the tank (decor, plants, substrate, etc.), stimulating the skin to help build a thick slime coat. This product is very safe to use on your aquatic pets, and is offered here is our store. However, Home Aquatics does not use this product within our personal and breeeding tanks.
We hope this helps you know how to better protect and maintain your fish tank. For any questions regarding products, fish care, or tank maintenance, don't be shy to contact us via call, text, email, or through our social media platforms. We are always available to answer your questions.