cleaning fish tank class

Although it might sound straightforward, cleaning a piece of glass, there are a few precautions that you must take into consideration to prevent harm to your aquatic pets. You should never attempt to clean the fish tank with the fish still inside, the chemicals can kill the fish and scare them at the same time.

The procedure depends a lot on the type of tank you have. Typically there are two types of fish tank, an aquarium tank and a fish bowl. Before you begin cleaning either tank you must make sure that you carefully catch the fish and place them into another bowl or a container that is clean. When I say clean I don’t mean using soap, just wash through the container with clean water. Soapy chemicals and washing up liquids can poison the fish. You must also make sure that you remove the fish carefully using a fish net. Depending on the size of the tank will decide how large the fish are, and in turn the size of the fish net you need to use.

Once you have removed the fish from your tank, it is best to rinse the tank well and get all the debris and mess out from the bottom, especially around the gravel and stones at the bottom of the tank. Remove any ornaments or pieces inside the fish tank and clean through with fresh water. Once the tank has been thoroughly cleaned, it is best to add water at room temperature back into the tank. This ensures that the water is at a comfortable temperature for the fish to live and swim happily in. Once the water has been placed into the tank, add a DE chlorinator.

The De chlorinator will kill all the harmful bacteria within the water and the chlorine also. Chlorine (found in normal tap water for humans to safely drink) is removed from the water and once left for a couple of minutes, you can reintroduce the fish back into the tank.

Smaller aquariums are not required to be completely changed, in fact you should be able to remove 20% -40% of the volume of water and replace it with fresh water in no time. Just remember to use de chlorinated water If you are having trouble trying to clean the harder to reach areas, there are some cleaning tools that you can use to help ease the frustration. Small tools such as siphons and gravel cleaning attachments will be able to reach them smaller, harder to reach nooks and crannies.

It is of EXTREME IMPORTANCE that you do not ever use soap in aquariums. Most common household soaps leave marks and residue inside the tank that is toxic to most fish. The detergents in the soap added to the tank can cause distress and sometimes death in the fish. If you need to scrub your tank clean and remove the water, use warm room temperature water and salt, if you need to scrub off a mark on the tank. Add the salt as a scouring agent and once finished, rinse very well.

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