Now that our last blog entry has familiarized you with the good kind of bacteria, nitrifying bacteria, it is time to learn how to manage your water quality!
When you set your tank up for the first time, you were instructed to add JellyBio Starter to establish the initial bacterial population.
After the initial population is established with JellyBio Starter, you will need to addJellyBio Maintain to your aquarium each time you change out 50% of the aquarium water.
With each large water change, you loose a portion of this bacterial population so by adding JellyBio Maintain, you re-populate the population of beneficial bacteria.
If no bacteria are introduced to your aquarium or if you kill the bacteria by changing out 100% of the water or scrubbing your substrate clean, your water quality will be thrown out of balance – the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels will rise and become toxic to your jellies.
Long-term health effects of poor water quality can lead to:
- shortened tentacles
- weak pulsing
- and eventual death
Although jellies can survive for many days in higher than recommended levels of ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, keeping these parameters in check will promote healthy jellies.
Ideal Water Quality Parameters:
- Ammonia = <1 ppm
- Nitrite = <1.5 ppm
- Nitrate = <40 ppm
- Add JellyBio Starter to your aquarium before the jellies are ordered so that the bacteria have a few days to multiply
- Add JellyBio Maintain to your aquarium after large (50%) water changes
- Use a Saltwater Water Quality Test Kit to monitor the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels inside your aquarium
- NEVER scrub your substrate clean or change out 100% of the water unless you plan on re-establishing the bacterial population by adding JellyBio Starter