A healthy aquarium means healthy and happy fish. Odyssey Pets in Dallas, TX has all the tools and the devices to keep that tank in great shape. Our team has the experience and expertise to answer your questions concerning fish tank maintenance and help you select the right items to make the job a breeze.
Anybody can maintain a tidy and healthy fish tank. It's not a hard task, but it does call for routine attention and the best materials. There are daily and weekly tasks along with the crucial job of tank cleaning with partial water changes.
Everyday, after you feed your fish, remove uneaten food after about five minutes. Also, check your fish to ensure they are healthy and are behaving normally. Lastly, it's important to check the water temperature. Each week, check the pH, nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia levels. If it's a saltwater tank, check the salinity. Also, check out equipment such as lights and filters to see that everything is functioning correctly.
How often should you clean the tank? How much of the water do you need to replace? It depends on the dimension of the tank, the number of fish, and whether it's saltwater. Generally, you need to swap out 10-20% of the water every one to three weeks.
Follow these steps in your regular cleaning:
Prepare replacement water. If you use tap water, use a water filter to get rid of contaminants. For saltwater, you'll need special reverse osmosis/deionized water.
Unplug electrical components & remove large accessories.
Siphon water into a container. Siphon along the gravel to remove the waste that builds up there. If you properly regulate the flow with your thumb or a built-in regulator, waste will be sucked out and gravel will fall back into the tank.
Remove algae. Use an algae-cleaning device to help.
Clean your filter. For filters such as a sponge, ceramic rings, and fiber, rinse them in the water you removed and quickly reinstall} them to prevent losing essential microorganisms. Filters that contain carbon and various other absorbers will need to be frequently replaced.
Add the replacement water.
Clean your tank's exterior with an appropriate cleaner and towel.
As you can see, the right devices and products are essential. Thankfully, Odyssey Pets in Dallas, TX understands what's needed and is your one-stop-shop for all your tank maintenance needs. Call (972) 407-1166 or stop by our store today!