A basic explanation and video for how to clean your fish tank with some supplies for general cleaning.
I've had a few posts about my fish tank so I figured I'd put together a quick post and video about how I clean my fish tank. I am definitely not a professional, but I think I've got a basic idea about how to clean them which should be sufficient for most casual fish caregivers.
The most important thing about caring for fish is that no chemicals or soaps get in the aquarium. If you're going to have your hands in the tank, you need to make sure you don't have anything on you that can get into the water. If you clean a fish tank or equipment with anything besides water, you need to rinse very, very thoroughly. I don't use chemicals (ie. bleach) or soaps at all because I just don't think it's worth potentially killing all of the fish. I do find a clean toothbrush and some warm water in the sink can do waters for cleaning off decorations and such.
If you need cleaning equipment, the following items listed below can come in useful:
- Aquarium Siphon
- Aquarium Sponge/Scrubber
- 5 Gallon Bucket (might be cheaper at the hardware store)
- API Tap Water Conditioner, 16-Ounce
Altogether it's very affordable to purchase the cleaning supplies and they should last a very long time.
Once I've established my aquarium, I siphon about 15% or so every 2 weeks, then I replace that 15% water. I throw the dirty water out to water my garden, then I refill the 5 gallon bucket. I add the water conditioner for the 5 gallons into the bucket, then let sit for 30 minutes or so. Then I add the water into the aquarium. This saves me a lot more money on water conditioner so I'm only needing enough for 5 gallons at a time vs adding 30 gallons (my fish tank size) portion of water conditioner into the fish tank directly.
Okay so check out my video to see the cleaning in action. I always feel so good once I finish cleaning my tank. It looks beautiful after and it's really not a lot of effort to care for a tank.
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