If you are new to this, you might be confused about how to clean a fish tank properly. There are many little, but devastating mistakes, especially beginners, can make when cleaning their aquarium. Do you have a beautiful aquarium in your living room, has it become dirty but doesn’t know how to clean it? A clean fish tank provides a safe environment for the fish to live in; when the water gets green and filled with algae, the fish can contact a lot of diseases and die.
How To Clean A Fish Tank
Luckily, you can prevent these mistakes by following these seven simple steps:
1) First of all, empty 20-30% of the water in your fish tank.
2) Now you can carefully take out your tropical fishes. You can either use a dip net or a small bucket, depending on the size of your aquarium, just make sure you won’t hurt the fish along the process. Now put the fish in a smaller container where it can stay for the next time.
3) If you have a severe problem with algae or your remaining water is generally dirty, use this opportunity to filtrate the water remaining in the fish tank using a filtration system, a water filter, or a precise dip net.
4) Take out the rocks and artificial plants. Scrub them with a brush or something similar before putting it back.
5) Clean the filtration system itself. If you decide to disassemble the machine, be sure you know how to put it together again! If your filtration system contains more then one filter, clean only one at a time – otherwise, you will lose critical biological bacteria cultures that are useful for your fish tank. Clean one filter now and the second one a few weeks later.
6) Put everything together again. Check every piece of equipment – are heater, filtration system, and light working correctly? If not, use this chance to fix them. Even a short time without proper temperature, filtration, or light can harm your fish to the point of no return!
7) After putting back rocks and artificial plants, fill up the fish tank with fresh water – and don’t forget to put back your fish, too!
These easy steps will help you to get the idea, but every tropical fish species and aquarium needs special care, and the requirements may differ. While the procedure will lead to a clean fish tank in one case, in another one, it might endanger your tropical fish because they might need to be handled in some unique way!
A tool that can perform more than one function without much hassle is a boon for pet owners like me. This dual plastic brush with cleaner sponge and scrub is a convenient tool for aquarium cleaning. It has a stainless steel handle, which protects you from getting down and dirty.
The daily tasks involved in taking care of tropical fish tanks are simple. These are checking if your fish are complete and healthy, spotting and removing dead fish and dead plant matter, and examining the temperature readings of your heater and thermometer. The temperature readings should match.