As any fish and aquarium, owner will know, keeping your fish tank clean is vital. Not only does this affect the aesthetic appeal of the tank but it can also have an impact on the health and safety of the fish. Making sure the tank is clean is vital, and this is something that you should do on a regular basis. By carrying out regular maintenance, you will reduce the stress and time involved in cleaning your tank as well as reducing the stress on your fish. This will also ensure that your aquarium always looks great, so you can make the most of having it in your home.
Some people are keen to know how they can keep a fish tank clean without changing the water. Well, the first thing you need to remember is that if the water is very dirty you do need to change the water. Failing to do this could prove harmful to your fish. However, if you maintain the aquarium and clean it regularly, you will find that the water will stay cleaner for longer. This means that you are more likely to be able to keep it looking great and providing a safe haven for the fish.
Steps to help you keep your tank clean
As mentioned earlier, keeping your tank nice and clean for the fish involves undertaking regular maintenance on a weekly basis. This means that you won’t suddenly find yourself facing the huge task of cleaning out a dirty tank. It also means that you won’t be putting the health of your fish at risk.
The first thing to remember is the importance of your filter. The filter is designed to help keep the water clean and safe. You should, therefore, ensure that it is in good working order and that you are using it as instructed. You should check the filters each month and change them if necessary. If you fail to maintain the filter, it can lead to dirty and cloudy water. This, in turn, could prove harmful or even fatal to the fish.
Another thing you need to do is to control excessive growth of algae in your tank in order to keep it clean. Excessive algae can stem from a number of factors. This includes over-feeding your fish, exposing the tank to too much natural or artificial light, and failing to clean algae on a regular basis. Adding algae eating fish or live plants can help to control algae growth, which will help to keep the tank cleaner for longer. Below is a short video that shows how to prevent the growth of aquarium algae:
You also need to keep the decorations in your tank clean to avoid them contaminating the water. You should do this one decoration at a time, as otherwise the fish could become stressed. When you remove each decoration, make sure you do not use soap. Simply run the decoration under the hot top for a few minutes. You should then make a five percent bleach solution and soak the decoration in it for a couple of minutes. You can use a clean toothbrush to get rid of any debris. Remove the decoration from the bleach, rinse in cold water for five minutes, and then soak it in de-chlorinated warm water for around 15 minutes. You can then rinse it again and place it back in the tank.
Partial water changes are important. While you can get away with a full clean of the tank about once monthly, you should aim to replace 20 percent or so of the water on a weekly basis. This will help to keep it clean without having to do a full water change. Dirty, contaminated water can have a profound negative effect on the health of your fish. Therefore, you cannot afford to skimp when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. However, regular ‘light’ maintenance and cleaning means that you are less likely to be faced with a mammoth cleaning task.
You also need to get rid of debris in the water to prevent contamination and keep it clean. You can use a siphon hose in order to suck up any debris that is floating around and from the gravel. Also, make sure you clean the algae from the tank on a regular basis using the proper tools such as an algae scraper. Again, this will help to ensure that the water stays cleaner and healthier for longer.
In order to minimize the amount of time you have to dedicate to cleaning your fish tank, you should develop a schedule.
Do your partial water changes on a weekly basis along with a basic clean. You can then do a thorough clean once a month in order to keep everything clean and safe for your fish.