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Aquarium maintenance or fish tank maintenance is something that absolutely has to be done
on a regular basis to get the most out of this hobby. So you've finally got your fish tank up and
running but you're noticing that it's starting to look a little dirty. Or, you notice that you need to
top off some evaporated water. This is the time for some routine aquarium care or
maintenance. Aquarium maintenance or fish tank maintenance can sometimes be a bother for
hobbyists but it doesn't have to be that way. Develop a schedule for carrying out these
aquarium maintenance tasks and it will make this hobby more enjoyable. Staying on top of
those water changes should increase the health of your fish and make your tank look nicer.
It's important to note that you don't need to completely break down the tank every time you
have to "clean your tank" or perform aquarium maintenance. Most of the time you will just
need to perform a partial water change (20 percent or so) with a good gravel vacuuming and
maybe scrape a little algae off the front viewing panel. If you have a major algae problem then
something is out of whack. You may be feeding too much, your tank may be overstocked,
you're not performing frequent enough water changes, you're feeding the wrong types of
foods, etc. Or, it could be a combination of the above. If you have a problem with cloudy water,
please read the article on Cloudy Aquarium Water and be sure to keep up with your fish tank
Ok, let’s talk about cleaning your fish tank:
Items you will need
? Aquarium Glass Scrubber
Aquarium Vacuum
5-gallon bucket
Python Aquarium Vacuum (Lee's makes an aquarium vacuum too)
STEP 1: Develop an aquarium maintenance schedule
You will want to clean your fish tank at least once every 2 weeks. Once a week would be even
better to take care of your fish tank and it will be easier each time you clean.
STEP 2: Turn off the electricity to the fish tank.
This will be safer for you and it will keep the filter from clogging up with the debris you pull
from the gravel. Read this article on Aquarium Electrical Safety for more information. Freshwater Aquarium e-Book