Doing an easy water change & general cleaning
Regular water changes are an important part of caring for your aquarium and help you maintain good water quality for the health of the entire aquarium community.
You will need do carry out a 25% water change, clean your filter and have a general clean-up of your tank once a month.
There may be other times when you’ll need to do a water change such as when you start a new aquarium, after testing the water quality, or if you need to treat the water with fish medication.
A water change is simply the removal of a percentage of the aquarium water, which is then replaced with fresh, Tapsafe-treated water. Water changes remove waste and dirt, dilute the build-up of toxic elements and increase oxygen levels in the water – all great for aquarium life.
The video below runs you through the process of a water change to make sure you get the job done efficiently:
Doing a water change? Here are some other cleaning jobs you can do at the same time.
Removing water from the aquarium is a great time to clean the gravel.
Slowly move the gravel cleaner through the tank, pushing it gently into the gravel. This will suck up the dirt and waste, just like a vacuum cleaner for your aquarium. Do this until the required amount of water has been removed.
Most aquariums will have a murky build-up of algae on the glass at some point; this can be removed with a magnetic glass cleaner.
Magnets hold two cleaning blocks on either side of the glass. Just move the block on the outside to slide the inner block and remove the algae. Your arm stays dry and you don’t cause the fish unnecessary stress.
Just be careful not to get any gravel caught in-between the blocks and the glass as this will scratch your aquarium. Use a cleaner specifically design for acrylic aquariums if yours is not glass.
Keep your filter working hard by freshening it up at each water change.
Replace your filter cartridge with the relevant service pack.
If it has a build-up of dirt, just swill the ceramic media cartridge in the bucket of removed aquarium water.
Never clean any part of the filter in tap water or detergent; they will kill the good bacteria, harming your fish.
If your décor and ornaments are starting to look grimy, the easiest way to clean them is to remove them from the tank and give them a proper clean with our aquarium ornament cleaner, carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions.
The good news is that regular aquarium maintenance helps reduce dirty build-up on ornaments.
Remove dead leaves during your water change and take the time to prune damaged ends and excessive growth.onsider the ongoing running and care costs of the aquarium, fish and equipment.
When it’s time to top up your aquarium with fresh water, make sure you treat tap water with a dechlorinator like Bioactive Tapsafe.
This will remove harmful chemicals or heavy metals. Before you add the new water, be careful to check it’s at the same temperature as the water in your aquarium.
For cold water aquariums, simply leave the bucket of new water to settle to room temperature. Use a jug to gently pour the water back into the aquarium, so your fish aren’t shocked by the rapid water change.