An aquarium can be a great accessory to the home – it’s simple to care for, therapeutic to look at, and kids love them – but how do you make sure the tank stays healthy? Maintaining the tank is a very important aspect when it comes to keeping your fish healthy, and you should be offering it a good clean-up every couple of weeks. Luckily, if you forget to clean, you’ll have a noticeable reminder – see that greenish water? That’s a sign that your tank is already past due for cleaning.
Your fish require oxygen to breathe, but oxygen can be quite tough to come by in an aquarium that’s been left without attention for too long. The more dirt and debris that’s left to float around in the tank, the less oxygen the water can carry. And if the tank is unclean, it’s likely that your fish are having difficulties to thrive. Also, algae can start to form in messy aquariums. Algae itself isn’t extremely troublesome (however it certainly doesn’t look good), but it’s when the algae sets out to die off, then things turn wrong. Perishing algae consumes a massive amount of oxygen, and in serious cases it can in fact eliminate all the oxygen from the fish tank.
Getting rid of algae from your tank is not that hard, all you need is a special algae pad, available in most aquarium stores. Use this pad to clean off any algae from the inside of the tank. If some of it is difficult to come off, use a clean, firm brush to carefully scrub it away from the glass.
If you clean your tank on a regular schedule, you only need to change close to 15 to 20 percent of the water each time. This is just plenty to give the aquarium a good renewal. If you’ve been a bit negligent in cleansing your aquarium, shoot to change around 25 percent. If you’re not certain, then talk with a professional.
When doing the water change, use a manual siphon, pulling the required amount of water out into a bucket. Get rid of the water and fill the bucket with the same amount of fresh water that’s been raised to the right temperature for the variety of fish you own. Coldwater fish are most happy in temperatures of around 18 degrees Celsius, and tropical fish in temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius.
Remember that fish are not use-and-throw pets, and if you decide on to keep them in your household they are worth taking the time to care for appropriately. Like any pet, your tropical fish need a clean, harmless and stress-free living conditions. It’s up to you to make that happen, and it’s not as difficult as it seems!
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