Making Water Fresh: Cleaning Your Fish Aquarium

Fish aquarium with colorful tropical fish and corals.

Keep your fish aquarium nice and tidy.

Freshwater fish are magnificent creatures. Just watching them swim or admiring their beautiful scales is a treat. We love these pets because they echo our own need for calm and tranquility. They are also quiet pets who like to interact often. As a pet owner, you have to do everything to please your pet fish. It’s only right, seeing as they add so much to your life. We’ve talked before about sprucing up your fish’s aquarium to make them happy. Now, let’s go through how to clean their fish aquarium to keep them healthy.

Leave Your Fish Aquarium Spotless

Fish are some of the cleanest animals on the planet. Unfortunately, they do leave waste and their living environment tends to grow an overabundance of algae. Without maintenance, your fish can grow sick from naturally occurring chemicals like ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites. They will eventually eat less, have less energy, and if worse comes to worse, die. It is recommended that you clean your fish aquarium at least once a month. If you have multiple fish, clean it out twice a month as more fish produces more waste.

Getting the Right Supplies

For this task, you’ll need the right tools, including the following:

  • Algae pad or scraper
  • Razor blade
  • Towels
  • Paper Towels
  • Aquarium-specific glass cleaner
  • Filter brush
  • Filter media
  • Water siphon
  • Bleach
  • Large Bucket (five-gallon)

Also, remember to place your fish in a temporary bowl of fresh water until you are finished cleaning.

Working the Glass

The glass walls of your aquarium are easily the most visible section. To keep yourself clean, use rubber gloves. It is also important to use an algae pad and not any old sponge. A used sponge will introduce detergent and chemicals to the environment.

Here’s what to do. Take the algae pad and lightly scrub the affected areas, removing algae that are stuck to the walls. The tougher area with hard residue will require the razor blade. This tool will scrape off any residue that is hard and stuck to the walls.

Use the Siphon Tool and Replace Water

The siphon tool cleans gravel and unwanted debris. It also helps clean the water of fish waste, excess food, and other waste. As it does its job, have your bucket ready. Make sure that the bucket is only used for your fish aquarium to avoid unwanted chemicals.

After you have taken care to the dirty water, add new fresh water to the aquarium. Remember, the water should be the same temperature that your fish is used to. Also, have water prepared. If you use tap water, it needs to sit in a bucket or container to purge on harmful metals.

Cleaning Decorations and Finishing Up

The decorations are pretty easy to clean. They too can be cleaned with an algae pad. You can also soak them in bleach for 15 minutes, and wash them off with previously used tank water. Wash it carefully though. If any bleach remains on the decorations, it could be harmful to your fish.

The last thing you need to do is change the filter. It needs to be switched with a new one every month. If you need any of these supplies, visit the Pet Shop. We have everything your fish needs.

The Best Aquarium Decorations to Buy

A fish tank with several goldfish and aquarium decorations.

Aquarium decorations add some life to your pet’s home.

The most important part of owning a fish is providing them with a space to live in. An aquarium is not just some fish tank, it’s a home. For the well-being of your new aquatic friend, give them a place that they will enjoy. Make their aquarium space an area where they can swim freely, surrounded by the things that make them happy. The best way to do this is with aquarium decorations.

As a pet owner, there is a certain joy in decorating your pet’s living space. You are adding your own little touch to their aquarium, from where everything goes to the items you decided to buy. Furthermore, it’s a little sad to see your pet swimming in nothing but four glass walls and water. The more thought that you put into setting up your pet’s fish tank the way, the more they will appreciate the love and attention they are receiving.

Aquarium Decorations

There are plenty of aquarium decorations out there in the world but which ones are the best? What items are almost guaranteed to keep your pet satisfied? To help you answers these questions, here a few decorative items we feel should be in every aquarium:

  • Decorative Rocks – You have to remember that fish are of the sea. They love to be reminded of home, and decorative rocks are a great way to do that. These rocks are made from non-toxic materials, both safe for salt and freshwater pets. This also means that they will not upset the delicate balance of the aquarium’s ecosystem.
  • Driftwood – Driftwood is a great addition to your pet’s aquarium. They come in several different shapes and sizes, making it great for pet’s who like to move around a lot. This decoration is made with multiple cavities, allowing your fish to swim in and out of it at their leisure. Also, just like the decorative rocks, they provide a natural looking environment. It is truly a delight to see them move around and hide out in these wood-like decorations.
  • Artificial Plants – If you are sensing a theme, it’s that your aquarium should be a small replica of the ocean. The rocks and driftwood are a part of making it feel more familiar. Another great decoration to add is an artificial plant. These decorations replicate the look of the plant life you would find in the sea, in all its bright colors and shapes. They also provide a remarkable and realistic-looking aquascape for your pet fish.
  • Ornaments – The decorations are more for you than your pet. They are great for adding your own unique touch to the aquarium. You can add lifelike castle, shrines, or even a tiny sunken ship to your fish’s tank. These are all safe and do not fade over time. As an added bonus, your aquatic friend will love exploring these intricate structures.

Visit the Pet Shop

If you need any of these aquarium decorations, visit the Pet Shop. We have a large variety of fish, aquariums, and decorations. We even carry brands like Hagen. It’s time to give your aquatic friend the home they deserve.

Keeping Your Freshwater Fish Happy

A green, beautiful, and planted tropical freshwater aquarium with several freshwater fish.

Treat your freshwater fish with care and keep them happy. 

Fish lovers are often misunderstood as shy introverts. However, they are also the funniest and most engaging of pet owners. If you are a freshwater fish owner, then you know that your wonderful personality is due in part to your aquatic friends. Here are some tips to keep your pet just as happy as you are.

Freshwater Fish Tips

Freshwater fish are at their happiest when they have a clean environment to swim in. So, in order to keep them happy and healthy, you need to properly maintain their aquarium. Here are a few things you should remember to do:

Keep Your Fish Safe – Before you can start cleaning your fish’s aquarium, you are going to have to find somewhere safe to put them. Place your fish in a large glass with water from its tank. Using the same water for the tank keeps them comfortable.

Keep the Aquarium Warm – Freshwater fish love to swim in waters that are 72-78 degrees. Buy a heater to keep their aquarium warm and use a thermometer to monitor its temperature.

Keep the Water Clean –  An important part of maintain your fish’s aquarium is to replace at least 25% of its water with tap water every two weeks. Turn off all heaters, pumps, and filters before you change the water, and remove any decorations and pants from the tank. Also, change your tanks filter every two weeks as well, so it is operating at peak performance.

Keep Gunk and Algae OutAlgae can build up quite often in your fish’s tank. This happens when there is too much fish waste dissolved in the water. Changing the water can help prevent this, but we recommend buying an algae scrubber to scrub away any algae and gunk.

In short, a clean tank makes a happy fish. Take good care of them and they will stay with you for a good long time.