Healthy aquariums with conditions close to nature The right water values are dependent on the fish stock and the plants in the aquarium. Even if the water looks clear it can be contaminated. With bad values diseases or algae can appear in the aquarium. To maintain a healthy aquarium with conditions close to nature it is important to check and adapt the water values regularly.
For each water analysis JBL provides water tests in the form of rapid tests or colour change tests. These determine a certain value or several values in one go. With these water tests you can recognise algae problems and negative nitrate, nitrite, potassium, magnesium values etc.
Potassium is one of the macro-elements which plants in freshwater absorb quickly and effectively within a few hours and can also store for a limited time. Growing plants require more potassium than other elements. As a result, potassium concentrations can drop to a minimum range, causing plant growth to stagnate, even if the aquarium water is fertilised regularly. Potassium levels in mains water are usually too low compared to those in natural biotopes, particularly in relation to calcium and magnesium concentrations.
Recommended potassium values:
Freshwater aquarium (community aquarium): 10-30 mg/l
Lake Malawi/Lake Tanganyika aquarium: 10-30 mg/l
Plant aquarium with few fish (aquascaping): 10-30 mg/l
Marine aquarium: the potassium content is not measurable with this test
You can analyse the water values you have measured on the JBL website under “Essentials/Aquarium” and receive recommendations.