How often Should I Clean my Fish Tank?

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We all like to have squeaky clean homes after that whole lot of daily grind. Well fish deserve all that luxury too! So, it’s maintenance time. That dreaded time of the month of the month is here, and you are all over the place looking for answers on how to provide your fishy with the clean environment to breath in, especially if you are a brand new fish tank owner. Psst, slacken up! We have got you covered with our tips and points to try on. Let’s get talking.

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SHOULD I REMOVE MY FISH WHILE CLEANING THE TANK?

We leave that up to you. You can fill up another container, and use a fish net to remove the fish, or you can just let them swim around, because you don’t have to remove all the water.

HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I REMOVE?

Remove at most 50% of the water. Usually removing/changing 15-20% of the water will do.

WHAT STUFF NEEDS MORE CLEANING?

The decorations, the gravel and the filter. You basically have to remove all the toxins and unwanted waste from the tank.

  • HOW TO CLEAN THE DECORATIONS?

Just fill up a bowl with water and put some 2% chlorine bleach solution in it. Put your decorations in the water, and then scrub them thoroughly. You need all that algae and sticky substances to go. You can use a tooth brush for the scrubbing purposes.

Alternatively, you can also use simple detergent to wash the decorations. For a good disinfection, additionally, you can also use Dettol, or any disinfectant solution.

  • HOW TO CLEAN THE GRAVEL?

Uneaten food substance, and debris can build up over the gravel with time. This can mess up the pH level of the tank. Whenever cleaning the gravel, never use detergents they are highly toxic to the wish. There are gravel pumps available in the market, you can buy one, pump the gravel out. Put these under running water, and wait until the water starts running clear.

  • HOW TO CLEAN THE FILTER?

There is a living community of good bacteria in the filter. Don’t aggressively clean it. Just scoop out some water from the fish tank and use it to clean the filter sponge

CLEANING THE GLASS:

Good news, this is totally possible without removing your fish from the tank. Relatively easy task, you can do it manually. You just need a sponge to rub on the inside. Just make sure you don’t introduce any sort of detergent or anything that can deem toxic to the fish into the tank. You basically need to wipe off all the algae build up that can be possibly there on the glass. Make sure you do this procedure before changing to water. For harder algae deposits you can also use a scraper and scrape them off

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY TANK?

Well, if your tank is visibly and horribly dirty, clean it every two weeks. Otherwise once a month will do.

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