Your aquarium is established, filled with beautiful fish, plants and rocks but
something is floating on the surface, is doesn’t look nice and it smells, must be time for a
Cleaning your aquarium
Cleaning your aquarium is very important for your fish’s health.
There are a few reasons why you should clean the
First of all it smells - there are many reasons why the water smells. It
could be the fish excrement or old food that is causing the smell.
Algae overgrowth - if you don’t have enough good bacteria, or plants,
algae will grow. Algae spoils the water quality, and bad water is bad for the fish.
Removal of toxins – these toxins can be introduced in your tank through air
Water becomes brown or yellow – these are caused by decoration, driftwood, and
For pH control – in order to maintain a good quality of pH, you have to clean
How to clean your
An aquarium should be cleaned at least once every 2-4 weeks. Once a week the water should be
changed with 20% fresh water.
Before you start the cleaning process. Remember to unplug the
Filter some water into a large container, and then
carefully remove the fish into this container.
Once you have removed all the water, clean the glass on the
inside. Use algae pads.
Next step is to remove the rocks and all decoration that
have algae growth. You have to scrub off all the algae.
Next in line is the gravel, use a water siphon to vacuum
all the debris. Vacuum carefully so that all the debris is removed.
After the inside is clean, clean the light, tank top and outside
Once the inside and the outside are clean, return all the
decorations, rock and plants.
Next step is cleaning the filter, but for that you
have to wait a few weeks. Why do you have to wait? Because now that the tank is clean, all the beneficial
bacteria is gone. But fortunately there still are some beneficial bacteria in the filter media. Changing the
filter media now would be a disaster for the entire ecosystem.
The final step now that everything is clean is to fill up the tank with
water, and then return the fish to the tank.