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How Do I Keep My Aquarium Clean?

May 23, 2008
It is a known fact that a clean aquarium offers the best habitation for fish and other water creatures you might have. With this in mind the best way to keep an aquarium clean is to not only have the proper equipment to clean it with, but also the knowledge of how to do it.

For some individuals they simply go to cleaning the aquarium with harsh household cleaners and in reality this isn't a good idea. Keeping the filter for the water pump clean and in good condition is one key to having a clean aquarium. Replacing the filter and the length of time it should be used will often be displayed on the package. You should be sure that the filter is replaced when it is needed for clear sparkling water.

Web site "superstores" offer aquarium-cleaning products and filter replacements for many different areas of the UK. By doing a simple search you can ultimately find these web sites via the Internet.

Although some aquariums are quite large they still need to be kept clean. The glass should be cleaned and the ornaments inside should be taken out and cleaned at least once a week. This way it does not allow for any type of algae build up. On plastic aquariums the best way to maintain the cleanliness of them is to ensure they are cleaned every three to four days.

The air pump, if running properly, allows not only oxygen for the fish but also the flow of the water to not sit in one place. There is a bit of movement as the water is cycled through the pump and through the filter, so the water is in a sense recycled.

However, changing the water on a regular basis has proven to offer fish a longer life span and the aquarium to look much better. Depending on the actual size, if it is at all possible, the rocks or beads at the bottom of the aquarium should be rinsed on occasion too.

And yet, depending on the size as well as the type of fish this might not be an option.

In some situations, depending on the amount of fish in the tank and how easy it is to remove the fish, there are water purifiers available to purchase in addition to changing the water.

When these treatments are added to the water, in most cases the water must sit for a few minutes to allow the treatment to be actually absorbed or combined into the water. If not, it could harm your fish. So it is a good idea to read and follow all of the instructions listed when ultimately doing this.

Keeping an aquarium clean shouldn't be a difficult task. If you love fish and watching them mesmerizes you, then you already know that fish love to swim in a good clean environment. According to statistics fish are essentially healthier as well when the proper products for cleaning are used, and the filters as well as other items used are properly replaced and in good working operation.
About the Author
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For information on cleaning aquariums, he recommends Seapets, one of the UK's leading suppliers of aquarium supplies.
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