How to Clean a Fishbowl
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What is the easiest way to clean a fish tank?
While most tropical fish require an aerated aquarium to stay healthy, there are some species of fish, such as betta fish, some gouramis, paradise fish, and a few other species that can live in a non-aerated fish tank.
Even small fish grow best in a container that is at least half a gallon in size or larger. Just as it is important to keep any aquarium clean, it is even more so if you keep fish in a tank since these containers usually do not have filters and the small volume of water makes the contamination more concentrated.
It is especially important to clean fish tanks weekly because failure to do so can quickly lead to illness and fish death.
Materials you will need
Gather these items:
- Clean two-cup container
- Water conditioning product (dechlorinator)
- Small grid
- Hand towel
- Paper towels
- A small brush (toothbrush)
- Aquarium thermometer
- Water test strips or kit
Prepare the new water
Unlike large tanks, where some of the water can be replaced with each cleaning, cleaning a small container generally means replacing the entire water supply.
To avoid a major impact on fish, it is critical that the water is treated to remove harmful substances from tap water, such as chlorine or ammonia, and checked to make sure it is at the proper temperature and pH.
Regardless of your water source, it must be treated to remove chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals, and other potentially harmful substances.
Maintaining a constant water temperature is also important to avoid stressing your fish with a sudden change in temperature.
Lastly, tap water contains dissolved gases that dissipate after a short time, which often changes the pH of the water, which is another stressor for fish.
All of those problems can be addressed by testing and treating the water before adding it to the fish tank.
The water aging process is simple:
- Fill a clean bucket with tap water. Use your aquarium thermometer to measure the temperature and set it to the correct temperature for your fish (usually 72-78 degrees F). You should buy a bucket to use with fish water only, to make sure it never contains soap residue.
- Add a water conditioning product. Choose a product that is promoted to instantly remove chlorine, neutralize chloramines, and detoxify heavy metals.
- Test the water with water test strips or a test kit to make sure it is free of chlorine, ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate and that the pH is approximately 7.0-7.8.
Once the new water has been prepared, you can proceed to clean the fish tank.
Remove the fish
While cleaning the fish tank, you will temporarily move your fish to a container filled with water drawn from the fish tank. The use of this water will minimize the impact on the fish.
- Take some of the existing water from the fish tank and fill a small, clean container that has never been washed with soap.
- Remove the fish from the bowl with a net and place it in this container.
- Fish that don't normally jump will behave differently under stress, so your fish might try to escape. Reducing the light will also help reduce stress on the fish. Place a hand towel over the bowl to reduce the light and prevent the fish from jumping.
Clean the fish tank
Proceed quickly to cleaning the fish tank as you want to minimize the time your fish spend in the temporary container.
- Remove all decorations and place on a clean surface or paper towels.
- Place a clean strainer in the sink, then pour the water from the bowl through the strainer, trapping the gravel.
- Set the bowl aside and rinse the gravel under warm water, shaking it several times to make sure all residue is removed.
- While the container is still damp, use paper towels to scrub the inner surfaces of the container. Do not use soap or other detergents.
- If there are stubborn stains in the container, use a small, clean brush to scrub the stains. A new toothbrush works well for this. The same brush can be used to scrub the decorations.
- Rinse the bowl and decorations several times with warm water.
Reassemble the fish tank
All that remains is to reassemble the container, add the new water, and invite the fish to return home clean.
- Place the clean gravel in the lower container, distributing it evenly over the bottom.
- Arrange the decorations as you wish.
- Then fill the container with the prepared water. Adjust decorations if necessary.
- Remove the fish from its temporary container and return it to the clean fish tank.
- Use a paper towel to wipe the water off the outside of the container.
Enjoy The Video Tutorial about How to Clean a Fish Tank! - For Beginners
Source: Kat's Critters
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