In this article we will explain and give you the Next steps from how to have a clean and healthy aquarium for your fish The cleaning issue is very important for your pets since fish are not animals very clean So they are always getting dirty.
Have a fishbowl or Aquarium It is not only filling it with fish and throwing it out of food every day, it also takes its cleaning like any animal or person. A cleaning every week or every two will give them a joy that you will have fish for a long time.
Remains of food, plants and logs that we have inside the aquarium, generate waste and these generate pollution What is it harmful In large quantities for our fish.
Apart from that it is very important for them to have the clean aquarium, for our eyes and for others too. I don't think anyone likes to see an aquarium with murky and dirty water.
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Aquarium glass cleaning
The first step that we are going to take from how to have a clean and healthy aquarium It is to clean the crystals inside and out, but first we should remove all the decorative objects, figuring out, logs, large stones, plants etc.
We will start inside, you will notice that in the crystals there will be seaweed stuck and dirt in the interior crystals.
For it we can use a car scraper or a card as if it were the credit or supermarket card we don't use.
We will scratch on all the crystals inside where we see those dirt spots, no matter that dirt falls to the bottom of the aquarium, then we will use the siphon To clean the bottom.
Then we would go to the outside crystals, this is less important since it does not affect the water of the fish, but since we put on it it costs nothing to pass a rag and leave it cleaner.
Aquarium bottom cleaning
For this step we will have to provide of a siphon and a bucket of water.
Once we have scratched the inside glass, we will have to work with the siphon. We will introduce the siphon into the aquarium leaving out the last part of it, in order to inspire a little and the water starts to go out in the bucket.
This step can be the most difficult, since we have to be very patient, great care and it also depends on the bottom we have, whether it is sand or stones.
Aquarium cleaning with small stones
If we have a aquarium with the background of small stones This will be your step. We will put the mouth of the siphon and suck a little so that the water comes out, once the water comes out we will put the mouth of the siphon in every centimeter of the aquarium.
We will see how the dirt rises through the siphon and the small stones too, when the stones are in the middle of the siphon, we separate it from the bottom and put the mouth of this in another centimeter of the aquarium.
Once we have just clean our aquarium, we will introduce again all the decorations that we have taken out of the fish tank and we will pour water without chlorine.
To pour the water we will have to do it little by little, I recommend a glass of water and go adding glass to glass. Pouring water can be bad for our fish because of the temperature change so abrupt It can cause.
Aquarium cleaning with gravel
This step is exactly like that of the small stone aquarium, we will pass the siphon's mouth through every corner of the aquarium and we will calmly clean all the remains of our fish tank.
He siphon will suck gravel stones and all dirt which is concentrated in the bottom of the aquarium, when the stones exceed half of the siphon, we will separate the mouth so that they come back down to the bottom.
In the case that you suck stones or gravel nothing will happen, it is the most normal.
Aquarium cleaning with sand
There are other aquariums with the sand bottom, for me it is ideal for several reasons, one of them because the fish will not be damaged as in the case of stones, another reason It is when the fish look for food at the bottom of the aquarium, having small stones could suck them inadvertently and could be a serious problem.
For the aquarium cleaning with sand bottom It would be more or less like the previous ones, the only thing that the siphon's mouth will not touch the bottom, if not we will separate it a few centimeters from the sand so that it does not suck all the decoration of sand that we have.
The first two times you clean the aquarium it will be a bit complicated but then it will be easy peasy.
Then I will leave you a video that summarizes and teaches you very well how to have a clean and healthy aquarium with the steps we have taken.
Clean a small fish tank
It is clear that when we have a small fish tank it will be easier for us to clean it, for them we will not need the siphon.
The first step would be to remove the fish or fish to a bucket of water, then we will remove the decorations that I imagine will not be many.
Once we have removed everything, we will remove the water and with a towel we will clean the inside of the fish tank. We can also clean the stones or decorations with water without chlorine.
Finally we will put all the decorations that we have taken out and add the water, very important that the water does not have chlorine or lime.
We only have to introduce our fish and we will have our clean fish tank to please our happy fish.
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Having an aquarium is not just filling it with fish and setting it aside. There is a series of care that we must follow, but they do not have to be a complicated task. There are different types, such as fresh and salt water, although the latter are somewhat more difficult to maintain because everything inside must be natural and alive.
Cleaning them properly gives the fish a better quality of life and a healthier environment. To achieve this, in addition to having the right equipment, you have to know how to do it. Learn in Pets how to:
Cleaning products: Never use soap. It is better to use a small amount of salt applied to a sponge to clean the glass walls perfectly.
Pump filter: Pay attention to the filtration and ventilation system, since the oxygen supply is essential for the respiration of fish and the oxidation of organic substances. These must be in good condition.
Glasses and ornaments: Clean them regularly. You can ask your veterinarian or at the place where you bought them some recommendation, depending on the type and quantity of fish you have. Also remember that all decorative elements inside the aquarium, such as stones, gravel or plants, should be subjected to careful washing and, if possible, sterilization. These also have the function of serving as a refuge for the most shy species.
Biological environment: Fish like to be in a healthy environment and that must be biologically appropriate and similar to their natural habitat. Remember, when buying a fish you should inform yourself of the necessary care.
Pond location: Be careful where you leave the pond. Water filled are dangerously misleading and the support base must resist the weight. Do not place them in air currents, as that will avoid maintaining the proper temperature.
Pond size: Hopefully you can buy a large pond so that the fish inside are not affected by water pollution, overpopulation and temperature variation. The minimum recommended measures are 70 centimeters of base, 50 cm. height and 30 cm. deep A rectangular one is better since it is more practical and allows better visibility compared to spherical and triangular ones.
Top deck: It is advisable to have one as it limits the amount of waste entering the tank, helps maintain heat and reduces evaporation water losses.
Water: Make sure the quality is suitable for the fish. There are some kits to know your Ph, nitrites, nitrates, ammonia and purity. Remember that the temperature will depend on the type of fish you have. When changing it, it is not necessary to introduce completely new liquid, but only to add a small amount depending on whether it is weekly or monthly cleaning. Tap water is not the best option.
Inhabitants of the fund: When filling your aquarium with fish, acquire one that inhabits the bottom of it, as it will keep the gravel and plants clean of any food that has fallen there.
Quarantine: If you acquire new fish, it is advisable to subject them to a quarantine period so as not to run the risk that they are incubating a disease and others are infected. You can put them in separate pails for 2 or 3 weeks.
Overfeeding: It is the most common cause of death in aquarium fish, because the food not ingested sinks to the bottom and decomposes, causes intestinal diseases or accumulation of adipose tissue that damages the internal organs of the fish. Give them only the food they can consume in three to four minutes.
You know, keeping an aquarium involves dedication, but it's nothing so terrible. The most important thing is that you inform yourself of the necessary care according to the species of fish you have.
Do you know any other tip to have a clean and healthy aquarium?