A healthy aquarium means healthy and happy fish. Liz's Pet Shop in Chicago, IL has all the tools and the devices to keep that tank in great shape. Our team has the experience and knowledge to answer your questions concerning aquarium maintenance and help you choose the best products to make the task a breeze.
Anyone can maintain a clean and healthy aquarium. It's not a hard job, but it does need regular focus and the best supplies. There are daily and weekly jobs along with the crucial job of tank cleaning with partial water adjustments.
Each day, after you feed your fish, remove uneaten food after about five minutes. Also, examine your fish to ensure they are healthy and are behaving normally. Lastly, it's important to check the water temperature. Each week, check the pH, nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia levels. If it's a saltwater tank, check the salinity. Also, check out equipment such as lights and filters to see that everything is working properly.
How frequently should you clean the tank? How much of the water do you need to replace? It depends on the size of the tank, the number of fish, and whether it's saltwater. Normally, you need to swap out 10-20% of the water every one to three weeks.
Follow these steps in your normal cleaning:
Prepare replacement water. If you use tap water, use a water filter to eliminate contaminants. For saltwater, you'll need special reverse osmosis/deionized water.
Unplug electrical components & remove large accessories.
Siphon water into a container. Siphon along the gravel to remove the waste that accumulates there. If you properly regulate the flow with your thumb or a built-in regulator, waste will be sucked out and gravel will fall back into the tank.
Remove algae. Use an algae-cleaning device to help.
Clean your filter. For filters such as a sponge, ceramic rings, and fiber, wash them in the water you removed and quickly reinstall} them to prevent losing vital germs. Filters that contain carbon and various other absorbers will need to be frequently replaced.
Add the replacement water.
Clean your tank's outside with a proper cleaner and cloth.
As you can see, the right devices and products are essential. Fortunately, Liz's Pet Shop in Chicago, IL understands what's required and is your one-stop-shop for all your tank maintenance needs. Call (773) 772-4011 or stop by our store today!