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Aquarium Salt Water - Steps To Take To Change It

Sep 16, 2008
Aquarium salt water will need to be changed at some point by you. Yes the filters in the filtration system do work to help remove most of the waste that accumulates in an aquarium salt water tank, but they cannot remove it all.

If waste material (food and other debris) is allowed to accumulate it can actually cause the water to turn cloudy or yellow and increase the production of algae in the aquarium salt water also. These buildups can then lead to problems in relation to the growth of the fish and other marine life (coral and invertebrates) in the tank and could result in them becoming ill. Therefore when it comes to changing aquarium salt water you shouldn't be asking yourself should I be changing the water, but when should I be changing it?

When Is It The Right Time To Change The Aquarium Salt Water?

Ideally it is best that you don't decide to change the aquarium salt water in the tank for several months in order to provide the right kind of environment for your fish and marine life. Often when people do decide to change their aquarium salt water they tend to remove all the fish, invertebrates, plants and coral from the tank and replace the water within completely. The problem is that this can actually lead to it doing more harm to the marine life that lives in the tank already than good.

Rather the best way to do it when changing aquarium salt water is to remove about 1/3 of the total amount in the tank on a regular basis and keep the saltwater fish, invertebrates and reef coral in it. Then after removing 1/3 of the total aquarium salt water you should then replace this with the same amount.

Changing The Aquarium Salt Water In Your Tank - Steps You Need To Take

1. The first thing that you will need to do is turn off the filtration system and pump heaters and unplug these from their electrical outlet points. Because there is not going to be sufficient amounts of aquarium salt water in the tank then the chances of these pieces of aquarium equipment overheating are greatly increased. Also if you want to avoid the glass in your aquarium cracking then turning of the heater pump is crucial otherwise you are going to end up having to replace it, and you need to remember just how much you paid for that tank initially.

2. The next thing you need to do is get rid of any waste and algae build up on the insides of the aquariums glass using an aquarium scraper or scrubber. When using these kinds of aquarium salt water accessories you need to use them very gently and slowly so that you don't disturb the marine life in the tank which may cause them to become panicked or stressed.

3. Once you have scraped the inside of the glass of your aquarium salt water tank it is important that you take out any plants in it to remove any dead or dying parts on them. After removing the plants gently stir up the gravel pushing a large amount towards the bank of the tank and be careful as you do this as some fish like to live underneath it. As you do this you will start to see some of the waste that has accumulated in the aquarium salt water floating around it. Now give the water time to settle once more and this allows the waste to then settle on top of the gravel making it much easier to collect.

4. After moving the gravel around you are now ready to siphon off some of the old aquarium salt water in order to replace it with fresh. Remember you should only ever remove about one third of the tanks water when changing it at any one time. The best way to remove the aquarium salt water is using a specialist aquarium siphon product. Not only can it remove the old water easily but also when used correctly can help to remove the waste that has accumulated in the aquarium salt water also.

5. When it comes to replacing the old aquarium salt water it is best not to use freshwater, but rather one that you have left to stand for several days or one that you have added a salt mix product to. This will ensure that the water has the right chemical composition and never use ordinary sea salt but only specialist aquarium salt. Plus you need to make sure that the temperature of the aquarium salt water you are adding to the tank is correct. At no stage should the new water being more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit less than that of the water currently in the aquarium. Also after adding check to see if you do need to add any more aquarium salt to make sure that the levels are correct for your fish and marine life to live in.

Before you even do turn back on the filtration system and heater after changing the aquarium salt water then why not spend time cleaning the tank's cover and also the outside of the tank.
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