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A healthy fish tank means healthy and happy fish. Pet Playhouse in Plantsville, CT has all the tools and the devices to keep that tank in great shape. Our staff has the experience and knowledge to answer your questions regarding aquarium upkeep and help you pick the best products to make the job a breeze.
Anyone can keep a clean and healthy aquarium. It's not a challenging task, but it does call for regular attention and the best materials. There are daily and weekly tasks along with the critical job of tank cleaning with partial water changes.
Everyday, after you feed your fish, remove uneaten food after about 5 minutes. Also, examine your fish to ensure they are healthy and are behaving normally. Lastly, it's important to check the water temperature. Every week, check the pH, nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia levels. If it's a saltwater tank, check the salinity. Also, take a look at equipment such as lights and filters to see that everything is functioning effectively.
How frequently should you clean the tank? How much of the water do you need to change? It depends on the size of the tank, the number of fish, and whether it's saltwater. Normally, you need to swap out 10-20% of the water every one to three weeks.
Follow these steps in your routine cleaning:
Prepare replacement water. If you use tap water, use a water filter to get rid of toxins. For saltwater, you'll need special reverse osmosis/deionized water.
Unplug electrical components & remove large accessories.
Siphon water into a container. Siphon along the gravel to remove the waste that accumulates there. If you correctly regulate the flow with your thumb or a built-in regulator, waste will be sucked out and gravel will fall back into the tank.
Remove algae. Use an algae-cleaning tool to help.
Clean your filter. For filters such as a sponge, ceramic rings, and fiber, wash them in the water you removed and quickly reinstall} them to prevent losing crucial germs. Filters that contain carbon and various other absorbers will need to be frequently replaced.
Add the replacement water.
Clean your tank's outside with a proper cleaner and fabric.
As you can see, the best devices and products are crucial. Fortunately, Pet Playhouse in Plantsville, CT understands what's required and is your one-stop-shop for all your tank maintenance needs. Call (860) 426-9640 or stop by our store today!