Maintaining Your Fish Tank
All maintenance of your fish
tank is done for two reasons: to keep the
tank clean and to provide a good environment for the health of your
fish. It's a good idea to have a schedule for cleaning
and inspecting your squarium - and to stick to that
schedule. Disasters occur when you don't pay attention to the
routine maintenance for your tank.
Your schedule might include daily, weekly,
monthly and annual tasks. None of the maintenance are
especially difficult or time consuming and might consist of such
things as proper feeding, checking water health, cleaning the
filter and looking closeing for anything that seems out of the
ordinary in terms of how your fish are behaving.
Maintaining a fish tank is 90% paying attention and 10% making
Fish Tank Cleaning
The best way to avoid frequent fish tank
cleaning is to construct your tank in an optimal way.
Aquarian construction is almost an art form and widely discussed in
the "aquarium community". If your tank is already nasty,
there are now commercial available fish tank cleaners that can be
used in live tanks. These contain special bacteria to break
down organize material, eliminite odor and reduce sludge. The
main trick to keeping your fish healthy and happy in a clean
environment is recreating an ecosystem that is self
balancing. Adding snails or suckerfish can reduce the
sludge buildup and a carbon dioxide pump can help if you have lots
Fish Tank Filters
Filters remove poisonous chemical and biological
waste from the aquarium, maintaining water quality and reducing
odors. Most filters have two moving parts: the first is
design to remove chemical agents such as nitrogenous gases or
The second part of a fish tank filter removes
biological agents and keeps the tank looking and smelling
clean. Filters remove sludge from dying blanks, shedding skin
from fish and other pollutants. Also helpful is a product
called "Tidy Tank" which will help keep your miniature ecosystem
functioning properly. Whether you need an air pump or not is
contingent on the fish tank filter you purchase.
Fish Tank Pump
A pump is critical to maintaining the health of
the fish in your tank yet is often neglected by novices as
"standard". The pump circulates water and helps create a
livable environment for fish. Select a fish tank pump
that is right for the type of fish you have and also suited for the
type and size of your aquarium.
Two type of primary fish tank pumps are
available: internal pump and external tank
pump. The section is personal preferences as the
primary job of both types is the same. Internal pumps
are easier to hood up and usually less expensive. External
pumps are much quieter when running and give off less heat.
Spending a bit of time researching and choosing your fish tank pump
is well worth the effort.
Fish Tank Stand
Don't be too creative when choosing a fish tank
stand. Balance is everything and a flimsy stand can
lead to catastrophe. A falling aquarium is not only
deadly for the fish and messy for your home - it can be very
dangerous if children or other pets are in the way.
The weight of an aquarium filled with water is
significant. Choose an aquarium stand built for the purpose
and sized appropriately for the fish tank you will be
using. Putting a valuable aquarium on top of a shaky
stand is asking for trouble and is a problem you should never have
to worry about.
Fish Tank Supplies
Indispensable fish tank supplies include various
filters, air pumps, gravel, fresh water testing kit, heater,
etc. These supplies are necessities for establishing
and maintaining a healthy ecosystem for your fish. The
main investments of money are in the basic filters and pumps
needed. Ongoing tank supplies are quite reasonable and you
not only need to have the supplies on hand but must learn how to
best use them in your tank.
Trying to have an attractive aquarium with
healthy fish without spending the funds required for good equipment
and supplies is a waste of time. Most fish tank stands
have a storage compartment in them - make certain it's filled with
the basic fish tank supplies you need.