Basics - Perth Metro Water and Tropical Fresh Water Aquaria
Colin 12 March 2013
Perth has Halide treated drinking water with very low salt content. Most Cichlids originate from hard water natural lake environments of around 180 to 250ppm TDS (Total Disolved Salts). Breeders and Aquarists in Perth need to add salts and minerals to bring the aquarium water closer to this scenario. Without these extra salts the fish would be starved of trace elements, vitamins and minerals needed for full health and colouring. The Chlorine added to Perth Drinking Water should be neutralized as this Halide is mildly toxic to Cichlids. Perth water has a slightly alkaline pH suitable for most Cichlids and our salts buffer this pH to maintain the ideal pH of ~7.8.
Tip: Water Top-ups don't require extra salts as you are replacing water only that has evaporated. Our Rift Lake Salts contain niacin, riboflavin, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, cobalt, etc., all essential to your Cichlids health and vitality.
L.E.D. is the way to go!
Linda 16 March 2013
The air above an aquarium is laden with moisture from evaporation and micro-droplets dispersed when air bubbles break the water's surface tension. Most professional Marine and Tropical fish Breeders have moved away from 240v over-head lighting for safety, power usage, and reliability. LEDs use very low voltage (1.5-24v) and can output much higher monochromatic light intensities. A mix of LED drivers can create a brilliant and life enhancing light which is economical, cool, safe and easily dimmed or controlled.
GoTroppo Aquariums has a range of Aquarium LED Over-head lighting units from 0.5 to 2.0m in length. Each can be purchased with either manual on/off plus dimming or RF Wireless Remote Control ($48 extra) and we can customise the drivers for any lighting preferences you may have including UV, fade to night light, RBG rainbow effects, etc. We recommend LED Lighting to all those hobbyists and Professional Breeders who want the safest, brightest and most economical lighting available.
Most Important in hot climates
Colin 15 March 2013
In our hot climate, Aeration is certainly a major factor to the health of the Tropical fish in your aquariums. Diseases in tropical aquariums are virtually unheard of these days as the UV sterilizer in your Filter effectively eliminates disease causing bacteria. However, in the event of a power outage in very hot weather, aquarium water can heat fairly quickly (without air conditioning, chillers, air pumps, etc). Such an event, without sufficient aeration, can cause internal stress activated diseases like White Spot to bloom which could kill all of your valuable fish. Serious hobbyists and breeders make sure they have a backup a Air Supply (usually AC/DC Air Pump) which auto-switches to DC Air Pump when the power goes out. This automatic DC air supply can alleviate the stress that causes this problem, enhance evaporation and thus cool the water. In the WA Summer, a power outage scenario accounts for the loss of many fish.