Water quality is paramount to the health and welfare of aquatic species and is an important element of our Code of Conduct for member businesses.

We have produced water quality criteria which provide a list of parameters for maintaining good water quality and fish welfare for businesses (these will be different than for a home aquarium).

These water quality criteria have also been incorporated in the CIEH’s Model Licensing Conditions for Pet Vending 2013, and our Primary Authority Inspection Plan, used during the pet shop licensing inspection for OATA members who sign up.

Our Code of Conduct and the CIEH guidance states that water testing should be done weekly and proper records of water testing is also vital.

For customers and hobbyists we have also created our free Understand and test for water quality care sheet.