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How to clean your tropical aquarium

By Tharouet Maamouri for HAPPYARIUM.com

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As we are a truly fish friendly company we would like to make sure that you are well informed about how to maintain your tropical fish tank. In the following, we are detailing a simple set of steps which should give you a clear idea on how to maintain your aquarium safely, should you decide to perform the fishtank cleaning by yourself. Depending on the size, shape and the content of your aquarium; cleaning a tropical fish tank should last between tow to three hours if everything goes as planned.

What will you need?

Buckets, jerry cans:

The size of your aquarium will determine how many of these you will need. The containers will be used to prepare the water change, to hold any water, any waste that you might need to dispose of , any ornaments and plants that you might need to keep out of the aquarium while you are cleaning your fish tank.

Siphon pump for aquariums:

These pumps come in different forms, the most common one is a plastic hose attached to a funnel with a vacuum chamber . Some models have a mechanical or electric pump attached to them to create a water flow. However, for medium sized aquariums a basic siphon pump will get the job done. The siphon pump is used to suck water out of the aquarium and to vacuum the gravel and the sand.

Water treatment solutions:

Depending on the state of your aquarium you will need several types of solutions which are widely available for sale in pet stores or online. To name a few:

A fish net:

The bigger ther better but it should still fit inside your fish tank.

A Blade:

It will be used to shake the gravel, plants, scrap algae off the aquarium surfaces etc. However, care must be observed when using the blade on glass aquariums for permanent scratches might be caused. We recommend buying an appropriate blade meant for aquariums from a pet store rather than using homemade ones.


What you should do?

Step 1: Planning of the aquarium maintenance session

Once you have all of your tools ready, you can start planning your maintenance session. Typically, a cleaning session stretches over two days for the simple reason that the water required for the water change has to be prepared 24 hours in advance for the treatments to take effect.

Overnight, make sure that you treat the equivalent of 15 to 20% of the total amount of the water held in your aquarium using the water conditioner mentioned above. Add any other solution if necessary. Please do follow the recommended dosage instructions printed on the solutions’ bottles.

Step 2: Fish tank cleaning

The following day you may get on with the aquarium itself.

Finally,switch on all the electric components and make sure that the filter, heater and light are properly working. Make a final check if there are any leaks. At first glance the water in the aquarium might seem cloudy and troubled. That is completely normal! In an hour’s or so, the water should clear out and you and your fish will be able to enjoy a crystal clear and clean fish tank.

We hope that you found this manual useful and remember that if you don’t feel comfortable in doing the procedure yourself or simply do not have the time to look after your aquarium, you are welcome to get in touch with us and we will be happy to help. To have an idea on the different available option on how we can be of assistance, we invite you to request a no obligation instant online quote.

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Tips to remember:

  • Break the surface of the water in your aquarium by facing your filtration output nozzle towards the surface.
  • Use power heads if fish tank filter does not generate enough flow.
  • A good water flow providse both aeration and exercise for your fish.
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