Do Aquarium Plants Need Soil?

Live aquatic plants that absorb nutrients through their roots (root-feeders), require soil to grow and thrive in aquariums, these include ground cover plants, node propagators, and aquarium plants with bulbs.  Aquarium plants not only make a reef aquarium more beautiful, but they are also important in improving water quality (by removing carbon dioxide and supplying

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Does Algae Produce Oxygen?

Just like aquatic plants, algae also produce oxygen via photosynthesis. When algae undergo photosynthesis, oxygen is released into the atmosphere as a by-product of the process. This process typically occurs during the day when light exposure is at its greatest.  As Earth is only 29% terrestrial, and with a decline in our forests, it is

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Causes Of Low Dissolved Oxygen In Water

Dissolved oxygen refers to the amount of oxygen dissolved in water. When dissolved oxygen levels become too low, aquatic organisms cannot survive, and water quality is affected. The main causes of low dissolved oxygen in water are increases in temperature, decaying organic matter from aquatic plants and algae, and weather changes.  Dissolved oxygen (DO) is

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Do Aquatic Plants Produce Oxygen For Fish In Aquariums?

Aquatic plants benefit aquariums by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) and ammonia (NH3) that your fish generate, and in return, aquatic plants produce oxygen (O2) that your aquatic fish can utilize for respiration. While pH, temperature, and salinity are all important for fish tanks, dissolved oxygen (DO) is one of the most important properties of water

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Dissolved Oxygen In Drinking Water

Dissolved oxygen (DO) is a key component in drinking water. By measuring DO levels in drinking water, it tells water industries the water quality, which is vital for human consumption. Earth contains around 71% of water, making it the most abundant resource on our planet. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to safe drinking water and

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5 Types Of Environmental Monitoring

Environmental monitoring uses tools that identify and analyze environmental conditions to assess the impact an activity has on the environment. There are five main types of environmental monitoring: air, soil, water, waste, and noise, all of which are vital in providing key information about the environment.  Environmental monitoring is used to observe a particular environment’s

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How Do Aquarium Dosing Pumps Work?

Dosing pumps draw a measured amount of liquid into a dosing chamber, which is then released into the aquarium water using an electric motor (or an air actuator). Most dosing pumps also have a separate controller attached to manage the flow rate and control the power.  The more experienced you become in the aquarium hobbyist

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Can a pH Probe Detect Negative pH?

Negative pH is possible, however, whether an acidic solution actually has a negative pH is not something that can easily be determined in a lab, therefore you cannot accurately measure/detect negative pH values with a pH probe.  A pH probe is used to detect the potential hydrogen (pH), which has a usual range from 0-14.

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How To Increase Oxygen In A Fish Tank

Increasing water movement is the quickest way to increase oxygen (O2) levels in a fish tank, as it allows more O2 to dissolve and carbon dioxide (CO2) to be released. This can be easily done using an air pump, performing large water changes, manually stirring the water, or placing a fan near the aquarium.  Oxygen,

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How To Lower ORP In A Reef Tank

ORP is lowered in reef tanks by adding metals (iron and manganese), most organic molecules (antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C), inorganic molecules (iodide, sulfide, nitrite, and ammonia), and water conditioners into the water, plus UV sterilization methods.  Oxidation-reduction potential, or ORP, measures water’s ability to break down waste products like contaminants and decaying matter

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Ideal Greenhouse Temperature And Humidity

To successfully grow crops in a greenhouse, temperature, and humidity must be controlled. The ideal greenhouse temperature ranges between 64 and 75 ºF, depending on …

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How Does A Float Switch Work?

A float switch contains an internal mechanical switch that opens or closes an electrical circuit. The float switch moves up and down with the liquid …

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Signs Of Low pH In Plants

Low pH can affect your plant’s growth and survival. If your plants are showing stunted growth, yellow leaves, or leaves with brown spots or reddish-purple …

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Ozone Water Treatment Disadvantages

Ozone water treatments treat and purify potable water and industrial water treatment systems. Yet, ozone comes with some downfalls, such as its high cost and …

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How To Increase The pH In Soil?

When the pH of soil becomes acidic, it can have detrimental effects on plant health. To increase the pH of soil, a component that contains …

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Types of Stormwater Management

Stormwater management controls the amount of stormwater runoff that comes from impervious surfaces such as streets, driveways, and rooftops in urban areas. In rural areas, …

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