A clean aquarium is the best habitat for all kinds of fish, or other living organisms like crabs, shrimps...etc. A clean aquarium means your fish and plants will live for a longer time, saving you time and money, and allowing you to enjoy watching them grow.
The best way to keep an aquarium clean is to have all the proper equipment, and use it often to clean with. It is also a matter of know how.
There are a few things that every aquarium owner must know to clean an aquarium and maintain it in the best possible way. People who don't know much about aquariums might use harsh household cleaners to clean them. This would be detrimental for the small ecosystem you ought to be striving to create. So please always use proper cleaners for your fish tank.
A few tips for keeping your aquarium clean are:
1- Keep the water supply clean by cleaning the water pump. To do so one should always keep the filtration system in mind. The life of your aquariums ecosystem depends on good clean filters. However, cleaning the filter too often might have a negative impact on your aquarium life. Remember to maintain a balance. Clean your aquarium filter only when needed or specified by the filters manufacturer.
2- Many aquarium experts recommend that the ornaments as well as the glass need to be washed at least once every two weeks. Cleaning the aquarium ornaments and glass prevents algae from building up inside.
If the aquarium is made from plastic materials, cleaning should be done more often, maybe once a week.
3- When performing maintenance operations to your aquarium, please also pay attention to a few things to ensure that every thing is going smoothly inside your aquarium:
Check the air pump to see if it's running ok. It's imperative that there is enough oxygen for the fish but also to allow for proper flow of the water.
4- Another thing that will garantee longer life for your aquarium is making sure that the water is changed often. This way your fish and plants will live longer and your aquarium will definitely look better.
5- One more thing to do to maintain a clean aquarium is to rinse the gravels that sit on the bottom. This process requires that you remove all contents of the aquarium including the fish. It depends highly on how many as well as what kind of fish you have.
6- Keeping a clean aquarium does not only entail cleaning it every week or two weeks. You should also consider buying a water purifier. There are many kinds of purifiers out there for different types of aquariums as well as sizes. When using a water purifier to clean the water contents of your fish tank, you should always let it sit and mix with the water to allow it to dissolve.
If you are new to aquariums, always remember to read the instructions of every product used. Be careful. Keep a schedule for maintenance operations. Treat your aquarium with love and you'll be enjoying it for a very long time.