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Tips on Maintenance of an aquarium - Cleaning fish aquarium

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Animals and Pets | Post Date: 2008-06-20

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General Maintenance Tips

- Never change more than 40% of aquarium water at a time.

- Never empty the entire aquarium to clean it. This causes undue stress on fish and will disturb the biological balance of your aquarium.

- Only change half of your filter media at a time, to retain the established biological balance.

- NEVER use soap or any detergent on your aquarium or any products used in or around your aquarium.

- When cleaning the inside glass of your aquarium, avoid picking up pieces of gravel, as this will scratch the glass.

- Limit the amount of times you put your hands in the water. Oils and films may cause stress in fish.

Things to do daily

- Observe all aquarium inhabitants. Perform a quick visual check to ensure that there is no disease, injury, and/or abnormal behaviour.

- Verify temperature and confirm that all support equipment is functioning correctly (filters, heaters, lighting, etc.).

- Remove any dead fish, plants, or obvious debris (such as plant leaves attached to intake strainer of filter).


- Perform a partial water change, 5 to 10 percent is recommended. Use a gravel washer to extract trapped waste from the gravel. Partial water changes on a regular basis will provide stable water quality and maintain ideal conditions.

- Clean fluorescent tube(s) and fixture. This will maintain consistent light levels.

- Clean inner and outer glass surfaces. This will eliminate any algae accumulation and ensure full viewing pleasure.


- Check supplies, food, water conditioners and all other regularly used items.

- This will help the fish to thrive and you to have a great display in your house.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a Physiotherapist by profession and a freelance writer by interest. I have written various articles for websites and blogs.

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