Basics of Aquarium Management

by Kent Turner

An aquarium is much more than just a glass cage with water and fish. It is a fragile microhabitat where fish, plants, invertebrates, and microorganisms live together in a delicate balance. In a properly functioning aquarium, these organisms support and depend on each other to maintain a habitable environment. If this balance is disturbed, the result can be a break-down that can cause the animals to suffer or die. Such disturbances can be caused by many factors, such as:

Some guidelines to help avoid these problems are:

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