So, I was cleaning a client’s aquarium that’s in an insurance office a few months ago when I snapped this pic of a Blood Parrot Cichlid peaking out from a plant. I thought is was cute and just filed it away in my phone. I later decided to use it on a blog post and last week I went into the customer’s office. I asked her if the fish had a name. She thought for a minute and said, “No, but I’ll name it Jeff.” … … … Jeff? … … … Not Squishy. Not Bubbles. Not Peaches. … Jeff. … Now, I don’t have a problem with the name Jeff. I’ve had some really good friends named Jeff. I’ve never had a fish named Jeff, though. Haven’t really heard of a fish named Jeff, either. But, here he is. The happy Blood Parrot Cichlid named Jeff!
If you’re an aquarium geek who finds joy in calling each one of your fish by it’s correct Latin name or gets a thrill out of classifying bacteria strains in the biological filtration process…. alphabetically…. you may want to just click on through. We’re going to keep it simple. I’m going to teach you how to read an aquarium test strip my way….. in plain English. There’s no reason to buy a bunch of different expensive test kits or electronic meters to try to get an accurate of a reading as possible unless you are keeping a reef aquarium. For a freshwater tank and a basic saltwater tank, everything you need to know can be read on a simple dip style test strip that can be obtained at most pet stores. The test strips I use are by Tetra although there are others on the market. Check yours to see what order the pads are arranged on the strip. ♦ We will start with the pad labeled pH. In a really rough, non scientific explanation, pH is how much acid is in or not in the water. Why does this matter? Fish originate from different pools of […]