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Maintaining your tank

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Maintaining your tank

Postby Mick » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:12 pm

One of the most important aspects of fishkeeping has to be keeping your tank clean and all of your equipment running properly. If everything is up to scratch then your fish will be happy and your water will be clean with the correct parameters once the tank has cycled. There are some jobs that need performing daily, some weekly and some intermittently.

Daily Tasks:-
On a daily basis, check your water temperature, adjust the heater if necessary and if it is low, make sure that it is actually working. Do a head count of your fish and make sure that they are all behaving normally.
Check that your filters are not clogged and the water flow is running normally.

Weekly Tasks:-
Invest in a decent algae magnet and wipe the glass of your tank. Do not allow any algae to build up on the glass as it will make it harder for you in the future to keep it clean.
Test your water parameters, invest in a reliable test kit and test your ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, pH
Do your main water change, this is the only way to keep your nitrates in check. While performing the change, use a gravel vacuum to clean the substrate. If the substrate is not cleaned, the tank will start to smell and toxic gases and decaying waste will poison your tank water.
Clean the lights on the tank, use a damp cloth and wipe over the tubes to prevent dust settling on them, this will reduce the efficiency of your lighting system.

Monthly Tasks:-
Clean your filters and replace media if required. Remove the sponges from your filter and rinse them in old tank water-NEVER USE TAP WATER,Check that any pipework isnt blocked and make sure that the impellor in the filter is not jammed or clogged.

These may seem a lot of tasks to perform but once you get into a routine, you will do them without even thinking about it and your tank will benefit greatly from being in top condition.

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