Freshwater aquarium maintenance is a real hassle when you consider the numerous factors that are needed to be addressed when assessing the cleanliness of your aquariums.
Nevertheless, it is very important to know how to do this because your fish’s hygienic life is at stake!
Keeping your tank pristine as a regular routine can help your freshwater fish stay bright and jumpy, as well as free from most kinds of unclean materials that may harm them in the long run.
Dirty water is one of the primary things that you have to inspect and assess, as it can be obviously seen, even at a glance, by just looking at the water’s general color.
Modern freshwater aquarium hobbyists usually make use of a power filter; it’s kind of a machine that regulates the particles in the water, filters it and stores the dirt inside the machine.
However, you have to clean the power filter itself, as it is only limited to storing dirt up to a significant degree, and if it goes over range, it wont be able to clean the excess dirt off the water anymore.
Replace the fish tank filter every three to four weeks. That’s right: you don’t need to actually clean the filter, you can just buy a new one and install it to the power filter for it to resume its self-cleaning work.
If you want to get rid of the strong scents that emanate along with the dirty water, you might want to change the filters more often.
These strong scents can potentially alter the entire underwater environment and kill your fish, so beware.
Algae is one heck of a dirt factor that can totally ruin any tank, regardless of size and functionality, not to mention that you eyes just can’t take their gaze off that thing cluttering all over and desecrating the entire tank.
You can hire a Plecostomus to do the aquarium maintenance job of cleaning the algae for you. This one superb cleaner fish literally eats the algae off of its face, and thus keeps your aquarium virtually free of any algae whatsoever.
If you can’t buy one, however, you’ll have to clean it by yourself! There are various tools for you to use, but remember to take action as early as possible; you don’t really want this monster growing into a size that even you won’t be able to handle.
As a side note, don’t put more food than the fish can eat, as this will only clutter up and cause a huge mess in the aquarium. Remember, even the food that you give your fish sometimes becomes the dirt in your aquariums!
Change The Water At Least Every Two Weeks!
It can also be done once a week, and it is not as painstaking as it sounds: only about 20% of the water has to be removed. The most common and simple tool used to comply with this aspect of freshwater aquarium maintenance is a siphon.
It is advisable to clean your aquariums tank once a month. Changing the water and scrubbing the entire aquarium off of accumulated dirt may be the most tiring task in freshwater aquarium maintenance.
The basic step that you have to do is to drain out the water from the aquarium (of course, you have to put the fish in a temporary container before doing this).
Then using a sponge, start gently scrubbing on the insides of the aquarium and get any dirt stuck off. Afterwards, take out the decorations and dip them in hot water mixed with salt for a few minutes, and then scrub them sparkling clean with a sponge.
NEVER use soap.
The residue left using soap on these articles can literally kill your fish quickly. Alternatively, you can use a gravel vacuum to take off that extra “hard-to-remove-by-sponge” dirt, but you must always read and follow the instructions on the gravel vacuum manual properly and carefully.
Refilling Your Tank
Replace the water with water on the same temperature as the one that was previously in the tank.
It is important to note, though, that regular untreated tap water can’t always be a substitute to the original water content of fish’s natural environment.
Always remember to boil (pasteurize) the water first and then cool it down to the specified temperature. If you’re still uncertain about using tap water for your fish, you can even opt for distilled water! In fact, distilled water can even be potentially a lot better than tap water! Watch out for a sudden burst in your aquarium expenses though.