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Aquarium Care Advice

Oct 13, 2007
Aquarium care is a necessity but very gratifying. Aquariums are a great addition to the interior of any office, or even restaurant. Aquariums are fast becoming one of the most popular hobbies around, and many people use aquariums for interior decorating purposes. Aquariums are available in a number of shapes, the most common being rectangular. However, aquariums are not an item that can be set up and then left unattended. Aquariums are easy to keep up with as long as tank maintenance is performed periodically and with a little care.

Here are a few tips for keeping your aquarium healthy for your fish that will ensure they live a healthy and happy life for you to enjoy for some time to come.

1) Perform a visual check of your aquarium every day.
2) Wipe down the inner and outer glass of the aquarium to keep any algae from building up on the inside; this helps to improve the condition of the water as well as enabling you to see the fish.
3) Never use any kind of detergent or soap to clean inside or outside the aquarium, as the chemicals will cause harm and distress to the fish.
4) Take care in cleaning the inside of the aquarium glass as gravel will scratch it if you happen to pick some up when you put your hand inside.
5) Although you may think its a good idea to periodically change all of the aquariums water to give the fish a fresh start this is not good practice.
6) Tap water is not a suitable life basis for your fish and plant life. Additives that make tap water suitable for human beings can harm fish and micro organisms in aquariums.

Aquariums must be cared for on a regular basis or they will become dirty and stagnant, causing the inhabitants of the tank (the plant life and the fish) to suffer and to eventually die. Every week, replace between about a quarter of the water in the tank. No more than 40 percent of the tank water should be changed at once. Fish are very sensitive to the ecosystem balance in the tank and dramatic changes can cause a large shock to their systems.

If you wish to clean the filter fabric instead of replacing it, do not rinse it off in the tank, simply pool some of the tank water into a container and rinse it there. Keep in mind, that larger tanks are easier to take care of than small tanks. It is a good idea to only replace and maintain half of the aquariums filters at a time; leaving the other 50% in place until your next scheduled maintenance.

Properly maintained aquariums and ponds add a look of professionalism to offices, a homely feeling to domestic houses and a colorful talking point in restaurants.
About the Author
Sharron Nixon is a 44 year old mother of 3 who lives in New Zealand. Check out Sharron's website:
www.sharronnixon.com/aquarium-care2 here you can find everything you need to know about caring for your aquarium.
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