Taking care of your fish not only safeguards them as pets but an investment. It can be quite sad waking up to sick or otherwise dead fish in the aquarium. Your fish will need very special care and attention. This comes with ensuring that you take care of your aquarium. Fish are affected by the environment. Taking of fish is not as hard as you think. You however have to do it right. Tank care and maintenance will start right before you buy the tank. You need to have a good idea of the size of tank you want to buy. This will be determined by the number of fish you want to keep in the tank. The most common rule is the 1 inch of fish per gallon. This will guide you on the size of tank you want to have. It will also determine the type of filter and whether you will need water warmer. Keeping the fish alive is all about fish tank care.
One of the major maintenance practices that you should carry out is cleaning. Just like any other animals, the fish need a clean environment to survive. Keeping a 10 to 15% water change on a regular based ensures that the water remains well balanced in terms of minerals and oxygen. Water changes will not only keep the fish healthy but keep the tank clean. Water that has not been changed on a regular basis will accumulate ammonia and algae at a higher rate than the fish can process. This causes the accumulation of dirt on the tank walls and eventually poisons the fish.
Maintenance of the tank includes taking care of the equipment too. The more you check the equipment the more you will rest assured that your fish and tank are safe. It also ensures that your equipment lasts for as long as they should.
The impeller assembly will need to be cleaned and checked on a regular basis. Make sure that you oil external water pumps often as instructed by the manufacturer.
All the pumps and filters need to be checked at least once a day.
The carbon filters need to be replaced as regularly as you can for better filtration. 3 to 5 weeks will do.
The temperature of the water also needs to be checked to ensure that the fish are comfortable.
All the light connections need to be right to avoid any shock or damage as often as you can.
Checking for the tank for cracks and leaks weekly will ensure that your fish remain safe. The cracks and leaks will need to be repaired as fast as possible to avoid any major damage. An aquarium can be quite messy when it breaks.