Aquarium Cleaning Tips

By | July 1, 2016

Maintaining and repeatedly cleaning your freshwater aquarium is important to keep it looking beautiful. A frequent clean-up will also help lengthen the life of your tropical fish. Cleaning up your tank is a relatively easy regime that needs to be carried out roughly in every two weeks.

At first, remove any artificial plants, the filter part, and all of the decorative pieces. These can be put in a mild solution of bleach and water to get rid of algae. Make sure to extensively rinse and soak these things in clear water for the same duration of time they were in the bleach mixture. This guarantees that all of the bleach is removed. If the filter is not really dirty, it can be simply washed in hot water to eliminate any waste stuff. If this does not remove the debris, then it may be time to replace it.

After that, you will need to take out twenty percent of the water from the tank. This is done with a gravel cleaning siphon. The siphon helps to take out waste pieces from the gravel and retain the nitrogen cycle of your aquarium operating properly. If your home aquarium has an underground filter, it will also help to enhance its functioning.siphon

When the water level is low, you can use a dish cleaning pad to clean up the interior of the glass. Do not use soaps or chemicals inside your fish tank. These can be very harmful to your fish. There are chemicals you can get that will substantially hinder algae growth. A higher wattage bulb will encourage algae growth also, so make sure your aquarium tank has a low wattage bulb made especially for aquarium use. Restricting the duration of time the light is on will also support the idea.

Just before swapping the water in your aquarium, put the filter stem back in its spot, filter, plants, and decoration. Using chlorine-free tap water, fill the tank back to the appropriate level. If your tap water is not chlorine-free, you will need to add a substance that gets rid of the chlorine. One more alternative would be to run the water you plan on using forty-eight hours upfront. The chlorine will escape so to speak, and the water will be harmless for your fish.

Continue reading about keeping your water clean here:

Maintaining Water Quality in Your Aquarium