How to Clean the Fish Tank How to Clean the Fish Tank

Fish are wonderful pets to have in your home or office. They are quiet, undemanding, and colorful. In fact, sometimes, you don’t even know they are there. You can enjoy watching them on a regular basis, especially for a few quiet moments of reflection. However, as quiet as they might be, fish require some tender loving care since their environment is not self maintaining.

The cleaner you are able to keep the fish tank, the healthier the fish living in it will be. If you place your fish tank away from direct sunlight, it will help to control the growth of algae. This will minimize the amount of scrubbing that you have to do to keep the tank clean. In fact, don’t make the mistake of thinking that algae eating fish living in the tank provide in home maids. It doesn’t, and you will still need to clean the tank.

Maintaining a fish tank at home is one of the simplest tasks as long as you remember to keep up with the individual components of it. Get into a schedule of completing the necessary cleaning and maintenance tasks for it, and it will become second nature to you. A handy list of things to remember and when to remember to do them is provided.

Daily Tasks

• Check the fish each day. If any of them have died, remove them immediately by scooping them out with a small net made for fish tanks. Dispose of the fish properly and immediately.
• Check the electrical plugs to make sure that they are plugged in properly, especially if you have small children or other pets that have the run of the area. A dislodged cord can lead to an early demise for all of your fish.
• Check to make sure that everything is running properly. Learn to identify the sounds of the equipment so that you can notice immediately when something is amiss. Reset or repair anything that needs to be fixed.
• Removing any uneaten food after approximately ten minutes will help to keep the tank clean.
• Give the gravel at the bottom of the tank a light swishing to disturb dirt particles so that the filter can remove them.

Weekly Tasks

• Trim excess growth or dead leaves from any living plants in the fish tank.
• Use an algae scrubber to clean any existing algae from the sides of the tank walls. If you don’t have an algae scrubber, use a nylon sponge or mitt.
• Use the algae scrubber or a clean toothbrush to scrub any algae from tank decorations. You can do this while the decorations remain in the tank if you don’t mind getting a little wet.
• Replace approximately one fifth of the tank’s water with fresh water that has been allowed to sit for at least 24 hours to release any existing chlorine. The fresh water needs to be held in a clean container that has not been used for any other purpose.
• Clean the gravel. To do this properly, you should use a gravel cleaner that is designed to vacuum the dirt particles from in between the gravel pieces.

Monthly Tasks


• Clean the filter tubing. First, disconnect the tubing. Use a filter brush to clean it.
• Clean the external glass of the tank using a paper towel that has been sprayed with a glass cleaner. Never spray the tank directly.
• Use a damp cloth to wipe the top of the tank clean.
• Use a damp cloth to wipe the outside of all external fish tank accessories.
• Clean dirty tank decorations by removing them and scrubbing them clean with an algae scrubber. Rinse the decorations completely clean before returning them to the tank.
• Replace the filter for the tank. Do this more frequently if necessary.

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