To assess the health of most pets, you would take the animal's temperature, listen to the heart and lungs, discuss diet, and perhaps perform some blood tests. One way to assess the health of an aquarium is to monitor water parameters. Making sure your tank has all of the appropriate water parameters and environmental requirements a particular species needs is one way to assure your tank is healthy.
The following chart is a general guideline of acceptable water parameter ranges for different types of freshwater aquariums, brackish water aquariums and ponds. The water parameters listed are a general guideline for maintaining each specific type of aquarium or pond. Some species of fish, plants or invertebrates may have more specific requirements so please review each individual species description for more information.
The following chart is a general guideline of acceptable water parameter ranges for different types of tropical marine aquariums. Some types of displays such as FOWLR
(Fish Only With Live Rock) aquariums have a broader range of parameters than a reef aquarium. This is due to the delicate nature of corals and invertebrates that are commonly maintained in a reef aquarium. Some species of fish, plants or invertebrates may have special requirements, so please review each individual species description for more specific information. For reference, we have also provided the average water conditions measured on tropical coral reefs across the world.