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Maintaining Your Tropical aquarium

Maintaining your tropical aquarium does not only ensure that the aquarium is visually attractive but also helps to keep your fish in the best health possible.

There are daily, weekly and monthly maintenance activities that you need to perform to keep your tank looking clean and your fish feeling healthy.

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Many species of freshwater fish are less hardy than cold-water fish, and require more care and attention.

The most important aspects of caring for your tropical fish are ensuring that the temperature of the water is adequate, and the water quality is absolutely perfect.

The temperature should be checked daily, and should be around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the temperature is too low, your fish will become sluggish and prone to illness, and if it is too high your tank will grow algae.

Ensuring that the temperature of your tropical fish aquarium is suitable will reduce the amount of maintenance that is required on your tank.

Maintaining your tropical aquarium water

Water quality is essential for the well-being of your fish. Making regular water changes will reduce the levels of nitrates and nitrites, and ammonia in your tank.

Remove 10 - 20 % of water in each water change, Syphon bottom of tank with a syphon tube, clean aquarium glass with a algae scraper, and don't forget to trim and cut the plants and leaves inside the tank before replacing with fresh clean water (right temperature)

Don't forget to add a de-chlorinator into the water first before adding into your fish tank.

Maintaining Your Tropical Aquarium So That The Fish Remain Healthy And Stay Alive

Make sure that you regularly examine your fish for any signs of illness or disease, such as lumps, discoloration, a reduction in their brightness or any white scales, indicating fungal growth.

Sick fish are often an indication that the conditions in your tank are not as good as they should be, and they need to be isolated to prevent other fish becoming sick.

To maximise the chances that the fish in your tank remain healthy, follow these simple instructions:

  • Check Tropical Fish tank pumps daily to insure they are working correctly. A pump that isn’t working adequately can result in the water in your tank being starved of oxygen, which can be fatal for your fish.
  •  Make sure the pump is working and that you can see air bubbles entering the water.
  • On a weekly basis, “vacuum” the bottom of your tank by using a syphon tube. Empty out about a quarter to a third of the water in your aquarium, and replace this water with (conditioned) slightly warm tap water.
  • Each week, check the ammonia and nitrate levels within your tank, as well as the pH. Use a commercially available test kit and ensure that the levels are within the normal range.
  • If there are live plants in your tank, trim them back every week or as they grow too big. Remove any dead or sick looking leaves, and re-anchor the roots in the gravel if it looks like they are coming up.
  • Each month, you will need to clean the filter of your tank. If your filter has a cartridge, simply replace this every month. Carefully take the filter apart and rinse all the components, remembering never to use soap of any kind.

Your Schedule To Maintaining Your Tropical Aquarium

Maintaining your tropical aquarium on a daily, weekly and monthly basis is the best way of ensuring the ongoing health of your fish, and at the same time keeping your tank looking fresh and clean.

A clean tank is an artistic asset to your home, and something you and your family and friends can be proud of and enjoy together.

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