How Do You Clean A Fish Tank?

How do you clean a fish tank

How do you clean a fish tankAt one point or another, all Keepers wonder the same thing: “How do you clean a fish tank?”. Coincidentally, this is the same question as, “How do you perform a water change?”, so the content below will explain both of these. But before we get to that, there are two things you should know…

How Do You Clean A Fish Tank / Perform A Water Change?


Required items:

  • A siphon
  • An aquarium-only bucket
  • An algae scrubber
  • An algae scraper (only required if the aquarium has difficult patches of algae)
    • If the aquarium is an acrylic aquarium, the Keeper will need a scraper with plastic blades.
    • If the aquarium is a glass aquarium, the Keeper will need a scraper with metal blades.
  • Bleach
  • Nutrafin Aqua Plus
  • Filter cartridge(s) (only required if the Keeper needs to replace it/them)
  • An aquarium-safe glass cleaner

Instructions:

Step 1) Remove the canopy/lights.

Step 2) Unplug the filter.

Step 3) If the aquarium contains an air pump, unplug the air pump, and remove the air stone from the aquarium.

Step 4) Using a siphon, vacuum the substrate until 10% of the aquarium’s water is transferred to the aquarium-only bucket. The technique that we recommend to vacuum substrate varies, depending on the type of substrate.

Step 5) Using an algae scrubber & scraper, remove the patches of algae from the inside layer of the aquarium’s glass.

Tip: Look down the length of the inside of the aquarium at a slight angle. The patches of discoloration that you see, that’s algae.

Step 6) Using an algae scrubber & scraper, remove the debris from the portion of the filter that is submerged under water.

If the debris wont remove by scrubbing and scraping, you can bleach it off.

Step 7) Using an algae scrubber & scraper, remove the debris from the decorations.

If the debris wont remove by scrubbing and scraping, you can bleach it off.

Step 8) Using a siphon, vacuum the substrate until 20% of the aquarium’s water is transferred to the aquarium-only bucket (increase this amount to 40% once every month). The technique that we recommend to vacuum substrate varies, depending on the type of substrate.

If you don’t end up vacuuming all the substrate before 20% (or 40%) of the water has been removed, don’t worry. Next time you clean the fish tank, just start where you left off.

Step 9) Check the filter cartridge.

If the cartridge contains exhaustible media (containing carbon, ammonia absorbents, or ion-exchange resins), replace it if it’s more than three weeks old.

If the cartridge contains mechanical media (ceramic rings, filter fiber, or sponges), rinse the cartridge in the aquarium-only bucket. If it’s clogged after being rinsed, replace it.

Step 10) Empty the aquarium-only bucket.

Step 11) Fill the aquarium-only bucket with water that is equal to the temperature of the aquarium. As it is being filled, be sure to add the appropriate amount of Nutrafin Aqua Plus to de-chlorinate the water.

Step 12) While pouring very slowly, pour the contents of the aquarium-only bucket into the aquarium.

Step 13) If the aquarium contained an air pump, plug in the air pump, and place the air stone into the aquarium.

Step 14) Plug in the filter.

If you’re dealing with a HOB filter, remember to fill up the filter up with water from the aquarium.

Step 15) Place the canopy/lights back onto the aquarium.

Step 16) Using an aquarium-safe cleaner, clean the:

  • Outside pane of glass
  • Canopy
  • Outside of the filter
  • Stand

 


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