Tools required to perform fish tank maintenance include, but no limited to the following:
- Buckets for waste water when performing water changes and buckets with clean water for refilling aquarium.
- Gravel/sand syphon.
- Algae scrubber (there are sponges specifically designed for scrubbing algae and makes it easier to scrub the algae on the decorations).
- Filter brush (sometimes you may be able to use the algae scrubber sponge but may also need filter brushes which resembles baby bottle brushes).
- Cleaning cloths or paper towels (wipe up any spills and dry arm, front of the aquarium, versa top, etc.).
- Replacement filter media, if needed.
- Water test kit.
- Refractometer to test salinity levels in marine aquariums.
- Log book keeping track of maintenances and issues with aquarium.
The aquarium maintenance service includes, but not limited to, the following:
- Remove algae from inside the aquarium, to include the sides, versa tops, filters/filter intake tubes, heater wires, and decoration/ornaments.
- A water change, accomplished when gravel/sand syphoning. (Prefer no more than 10% to 20% removal of the water.)
- Rinse, or replace if needed, filter media. Prefer not to replace filter media during the water change, unless necessary. (Replacing the filter media during water change will remove too much of the beneficial bacteria required for a healthy environment. Live bacteria will then be added to the aquarium to assist in producing more beneficial bacteria).
- Perform a water test to verify the chemical levels in the aquarium are within normal limits (PH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, and salinity level of a marine aquarium).
- Verify all filters, pumps, heater/chiller, lights, etc. are working properly.
- Wipe clean the outside of the aquarium, lights, and remove any salt creep, if marine aquarium.
- Check and refill automatic feeder, if available and needed.
- Resolve any issues.
- Make an entry in the maintenance log providing the date of the service and describing the maintenance performed.
Now we know what is performed during maintenances, the next question is when are these maintenances to be performed? It depends on your aquarium needs. For example,
- Daily maintenance includes:
- Check all fish to make sure they are healthy, alive, and do not have any bacterial/fungal infections or ick. Promptly remove any dead fish because they emit toxins which could kill other fish.
- Verify pumps, filters, and other equipment are properly working.
- Remove algae from aquarium glass and/or decorations, if needed.
- Weekly water changes and maintenance occur due to:
- A huge bio load. Such as, commercial aquariums, goldfish, and betta fish produce a large amount of waste and may need weekly water changes.
- The presence of severe issues, such as a spike in ammonia and/or nitrates. If this occurs, then a 10-20% water change may be necessary to keep levels low so they do not stress the inhabitants. Gravel siphoning should not be performed as this may remove beneficial bacteria.
- Biweekly water changes and maintenance occur if:
- It is a commercial aquarium and the maintenance is performed for aesthetic reasons as well as preventive maintenance.
- There are smaller issues, such as an algae bloom or slight spike in ammonia and/or nitrates. Remember, do not remove more than 20% of the water during your water change.
- Monthly water changes and maintenance occur if there are no issues and everything is looking amazing. Perform a 25% water change once a month instead of the 10% water change twice a month.
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