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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Cleaning Your Fish's Home

Just like our homes need cleaning the home our fish lives in does as well. Cleaning the aquarium will also keep your fish happy and healthy. A good cleaning and fresh water once a week will do the job. The skill needed to complete this project are minimal and can be done easily if algae and residue is not allowed to build up 

If you do not remember to clean the fish aquarium it has a way to tell on you. A green tinted murky water in the tank will indicate that an overdue cleaning is needed. The first thing you will want to do is to know about your fish and what they need. Instructions should have been given to you when you purchased your fish. This information will help you know how to clean the aquarium. 

Items you will need to perform the cleaning include:

  Algae scraper or scrubbing pad
•  Plastic razor blade (use plastic on acrylic tanks)
•  Water siphon
•  Bucket
•  Bleach
•  Aquarium glass cleaner
•  Filter media
•  Filter brush
•  Paper towels
•  Old bath towels
You'll find cleaning easiest if you do it in the following order:
1. Inside of glass
2. Decorations
3. Gravel
4. Outside of glass and hood
5. Filter
To start cleaning the tank you first must remove a bit of water. Between 15 to 25 % water depending on how well your fish is and how often you clean your tank must be removed. 

Use the algae pad to clean the sides of the aquarium. Run it along the glass, scrubbing a little as necessary to remove algae that is sticking to the aquarium. A razor blade may be needed to scrape it off the glass. 
note: if you us rubber gloves to complete this job make sure that they have not been treated with chemicals. While it may be tempting to use the sponge or scrubber from the kitchen sink do not so this they may have detergent or cleaning chemical on it. 
A siphon will need to be used to clean the gravel inside the tank. The siphon will help to remove any old food particles or bacteria that can make your fish sick. Soak decorations in a solution of 9 part bleach and 1 part water. Before returning to the tank make sure to rinse the decorations with hot water. 

To finish the job clean the outside of the aquarium with a damp cloth and dry. This will allow you to enjoy watching your fish. 

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