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Preparing An Emergency First Aid Kit For Your Salt Water Aquarium

Sep 16, 2008
Salt water aquarium emergency first aid kits are important to have when you own any kind of tropical fish, or other forms of marine life. These kits ensure that you will be able to deal with any situations that may arise when you own a salt water aquarium.

These kits are vital if you find yourself in a situation where you need to suddenly change some, or all of the water in your salt water aquarium. Plus such first aid emergency kits can help you to deal with situations, where you are faced with a number of the fish in the tank becoming ill.

Equipment That Makes Up A Salt Water Aquarium Emergency Kit

The first thing you should be purchasing to become your first aid kit when owning a salt water aquarium, is an isolation (quarantine) tank. Into this you would place those fish which have become unwell and it allows you the time to try and determine what has caused their illness. Also placing ill tropical fish into this tank will prevent cross contamination with other fish and marine life in your main aquarium.

The next item which should be purchased as part of your emergency kit, is a water test kit. These kits ensure that the right levels of salt, nitrates and proteins are in the water and so make sure that you are giving your fish and marine life, the correct kind of environment that they like to live in. Such kits if used regularly, also provide advance warning of any problems that could be harmful to all the aquatic life you keep in your salt water aquarium.

The third item to buy for your salt water aquarium emergency first aid kit, is some water conditioner. It works on destroying any increased levels of ammonia in the water, and also can help when adding any types of poisonous fish to your aquarium. Sometimes when poisonous tropical fish are added to a salt water aquarium, they release their poison as a defensive measure and the water conditioner is able to neutralize it.

If you are in a position, then you should purchase an alkalinity and pH buffer for your salt water aquarium emergency kit. This works on bringing the levels of pH back to the right levels when you have had to change some or all of the water in the tank. But you can't just add the buffer, you also need to add some baking powder as well at the same time. For every 20 gallons of water which your salt water aquarium tank holds, you need to add 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Other Items To Consider Buying For A Salt Water First Aid Kit

There are going to be times when you need to treat tropical fish with medications, and so it may be worthwhile having some in your salt water aquarium first aid kit. But be aware that these products can be harmful to other marine life, especially those which make up reefs in your aquarium, and also can damage the filter system. Therefore it is far better if you remove the unwell fish from your main aquarium and treat them with the medications in your quarantine/isolation tank.

Another product that many aquarists will have in their salt water aquarium first aid kits, is a sea salt mixture. This allows you to actually get the levels of salinity in the freshwater, that you may need to place in the tank after you have had to remove some or all of it.

A further couple of items that are worth considering buying for your salt water aquarium first aid kit, is a spare heater and a canister filter. The spare heater is to replace one should it fail, and the canister filter to help clean the water more, when you may have needed to add some medication into your salt water aquarium to treat an illness in your tropical fish.
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