The Modern Mom
May 7, 2014
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How to Keep Your Aquarium Clean, Safe and Cost Efficient

Fish are great. A dirty tank is not.

One of the biggest headaches fish keepers face is keeping their tank clean, I have to use nerve block for migraines because it really does bother me, but keeping things safe and running cost effectively are also important.

If you’re ready to dive in, the aquarium experts at how you can keep your aquarium clean, safe and cost efficient:

Clean Tank

Maintaining a clean tank is one of the most important aspects of owning an aquarium. A dirty tank will not only make your aquarium look bad, but your fish are more likely to become unhealthy.

There are several things you should do, with various aquarium tools, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, to keep your tank clean:

Daily Maintenance

Tending to your tank each day is essential, but it doesn’t have to take long. Here are the things to do:

• Lights— regulate them either manually or with an automatic timer.
• Fish—do they look okay? Are they stressed, diseased?
• Feeding— don’t overfeed them, and remove any uneaten food.
• Equipment—make sure the lights, filter, aquarium cylinder and any other equipment are all working properly.
• Temperature—ensures it’s not too hot or cold, perfect for the fish.

Weekly Improvements

This requires a little more time, but it’s only once per week!

• Algae—remove any excess using an algae scraper. Clean the decorations, front glass and any other algae-infested areas.
• Plants—keep them trimmed, and remove any dead leaves.
• Gravel—clean it with a siphon, replacing 10 – 15% of the water in the process
• Test—anything unusual with the water —nitrates, phosphates, pH?

Monthly Checks

And finally, once a month, do the following:

• Filter—thoroughly check it, replacing the filter carbon as needed, rinsing the components.
• Glass—cleans the exterior, removing any dirt, dust or calcium deposits.

Although these are the recommendations, your specific needs may vary, so adjust your cleaning schedule to best suit you, your aquarium and the fish inside!

Safety First

Keeping your aquarium safe is fairly straightforward, but there are some hazards to be wary of.

• A full tank—this in itself can be dangerous, especially if a crack were to develop. As long as you keep an eye out, nothing should go wrong.
• Equipment—with regular equipment checks, this shouldn’t be a problem. However, if a CO2 cylinder fitting were to come loose, you may have an unguided aquarium cylinder ‘missile’flying about!
• Electrical—Although the components are waterproof, take care of fraying wires, loose connections and broken fixtures.

Cost Efficient CO2

Depending on the stage of your fish-keeping career, and how advanced you want your aquarium to be, the cost of keeping fish can vary greatly.


The less you spend, the harder it may become to maintain. With the help of aquarium tools —from systems with CO2 cylinders to under gravel filters —keeping a fish tank becomes much easier, even though the initial cost may seem higher.

Keeping a fish tank, although no easy feat, can be very rewarding —especially if you know how to keep it clean, safe and cost efficient.

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