An aquarium is an exquisite form of art and a very own piece of nature in your living room. The calmness of the water, the aura it carries somehow, helps you to slow down the rush you have been beaming in all day and relaxes you. A house adorned with an aquarium will not just be glorified in the interior beauty but also have a positive effect in its entirety. That little ecosystem in the glass box radiates energy that you can feel within its mere presence. When you are in a peaceful state free from disturbance and anxiety, you tend to reflect on your life’s best parts, that makes you happy and healthy and keeps your humble feet on the ground. And eventually, in such a state of mind, you feel rejuvenated. As therapeutic as it sounds, maintaining the cleanliness of your fish tank plays a major role in keeping the aura alive. Cleaning the fish tank can come across as challenging considering the different parts of it that require certain precision. To save you from pondering over it, we bring you an easy step guide to clean your aquarium.
What You Need For Cleaning The Fish Tank
- Algae Scraper
- Magnetic Algae Pad
- Razor Blade
- Siphon Gravel Vacuum
- Filter brush
- A net to catch the fish
- A bucket to take out the water from the fish tank
- Glass cleaner (aquarium safe)
- New Filter Media (optional)
- Clean Towel
- Chlorine Remover (aquarium water conditioner)
- Preparation of pre-treated water
Cleaning Your Fish Tank In Five Easy Steps
Before you start with the cleanliness of your fish tank, make sure you unplug the filter, heater, LED lights, and any electronic decorations to avoid hindrance. Next, you need to remove the aquarium decorative ornaments and plastic plants slowly so as not to rustle any waste underneath as rushing the process will muddle the scraps increasing the time and effort. Be extra careful if you have live plants, any disturbance might affect their root growth.
Now follow the below steps to clean your fish tank.
Step 1 –
Remove your fish before cleaning. With the use of siphon, the vacuum takes out some tank water in a bucket. Then use the fishnet to carefully place the fish in the same bucket. Put the fish in the same water until you clean the entire tank. Take out the filter media and rinse it out in the bucket of water you have just removed from the tank. Don’t run the filter under tap water, as it washes out the beneficial bacteria which can seriously upset the ecosystem. However, you can clean the rest of the filter using a brush. It is suggested to wait up to two weeks if you want to replace it to store the water clean.
Step 2 –
Clean the inside of the aquarium glass using a magnetic algae pad. It consists of two magnets with a soft layering. You can place one magnet on the inside of the glass, and attach the other from the outside and drag it across the tank wall. It will follow the movement and gently remove algae on the screen. Regarding the bottom of the tank, you will need a razor blade algae scraper. Some algae deposits on the bottom and around the tank, you can use the razor to scrape the stubborn moss. Fish waste and uneaten food breaks down on the layer and creates a surface on which it grows, causing hidden parasites and harmful bacteria, so you must clean any traces of it ensuring the health of your fish alongside the aquarium.
Step 3 –
Maintaining the cleanliness of your fish tank gravel is necessary for maintaining a healthy environment. You can use a siphon gravel vacuum to clean the gravel onto the bottom of the tank. Once the vacuum will draw water out of your tank, use the siphon vacuum head under the gravel at the bottom and move around slowly, circling the gravels so that the debris loosen up and vacuum out from the tank. Clean the plastic plants, rocks, and other tank decorations. Put them in a bucket and clean the waste off their surface using a toothbrush or soft sponge. However, they tend to be fragile hence, make sure you are not damaging them in the process. After cleaning the inside of the tank, wipe the outer glass wall using aquarium approved glass cleaner only, don’t use any other chemical spray as it can be deadly for your fish. Also don’t ignore the hood of the tank, the light placement, and the back of the aquarium.
Step 4 –
Prepare the water to be filled in the tank post-cleaning. The process of preparing the water solely depends on the type of aquarium you own. If you have a saltwater tank, it’s highly advisable to test the water from time to time and maintain the precise measurement of the pH level and salinity of the water. After adding the salt and maintaining the equilibrium, you need to rest the water until the salt dissolves completely before pouring it into the tank. Now, if you have a freshwater aquarium you need to make sure to remove chlorine, heavy metals, and toxins from the tap water. You will need to use a water conditioner which will ensure a suitable environment for your fish to survive. Water changes its properties so you need to wait for at least 24hours after adding the water conditioner.
Step 5 –
It’s time to put everything back in order. Put back the gravels, rocks, and other tank decorations, followed by placing the filter cartridge. Connect the lights and heater and decoration filters. Pour the prepared new water into the tank using a water mug. Now, using the fishnet, carefully place the fish back into the tank.
Maintaining The Shape Of Aquarium
Maintaining the environment of your fish tank will not only enhance the visual appeal but also supremely impacts the health and happiness of your fish. We have narrowed it down to simple tips that you can follow to keep your aquarium healthy and fish happy.
- Change roughly 20% of the water every 2 to 3 weeks for a clean water fish tank. Water change is necessary for the cleanliness of the tank and to establish a healthy environment for fish.
- Invest in good water filters which will improve and maintain the water quality by reducing harmful substances. Clean the filter on monthly basis and change it if required.
- Avoid overfeeding your fish. Remove waste from the bottom. Make sure there are no food bits in the tank. Take out food residue and waste using a net and scraper.
- Keep the water of the aquarium in check with regards to the pH level from time to time. The mineral content of water changes frequently so it needs to be checked every alternate day. Any change in water in terms of minerals can stress your fish which can cause its death.
- Do not add too many fishes as it disrupts the ecological balance of the tank. Preserving the ecosystem of your aquarium is necessary for the fish to be happy and healthy.
- You will need to clean your tank properly every 3 to 4 weeks while maintaining daily hygiene.
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