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Understanding Aquarium Care And Maintenance Tasks

By Leonard Boyler

Whether you have a freshwater aquarium or a saltwater one, and regardless of its size, certain care routines are necessary to keep your fish healthy. Some aquarium care and maintenance tasks will need to be done on a daily basis, while others can be done weekly or monthly.

Daily care involves checking over your fish by observing their behavior. Healthy fish will swim freely, with their fins erectly held. Their skin and gill areas will be free of any puffiness or marks that show parasites or infections. Check that all the equipment is working properly, and that water temperature is not fluctuating.

Feed your fish daily, but never too much at once, since uneaten food will cause water to cloud and algae to grow. If you are using EcoBio-Block products, a porous volcanic rock that contains nutrients and beneficial bacteria, your job of keeping clear and clean water will be much simpler. The bacteria in the block will multiply, disperse and control the toxic ammonia and nitrites that form from excess food and fish waste.

Keeping the exterior of the fish tank clean is another important step in aquarium care and maintenance. Wash it every week, using only clean clear non-chlorinated water. Any soap or chemical cleaners must be avoided, as they can get into the tank’s water and kill fish. Maintaining a clean fish tank not only makes it easier to observe your fish, it also promotes the growth of aquarium plants as it allows more light to enter.

You may need to do a partial water change every week or two weeks, depending on the size of your aquarium, the number of fish you stock, and the ammonia content of the water. With the timed-release EcoBio-Block products, you will likely find you need to change the water less often. The beneficial bacteria quickly propagate and convert the ammonia to nitrites and then to safer nitrates. Various products are available for different sizes of aquariums.

Algae will also need to be removed every so often. Different types of algae grow on the sides of the aquarium or in the gravel and on aquarium decor. They thrive in an atmosphere that is rich in ammonia and phosphates. With the introduction of an EcoBio-Block, the water is denitrified, and algae growth is lessened. Other algae that thrive naturally in the light will need to be scraped from the sides of the aquarium.

Excess fish food and waste excreted by the fish settles on the aquarium bottom, between the gravel pieces and sand particles. As it decomposes, ammonia and other harmful by-products form and must be removed. Cleaning the gravel by vacuuming up this waste material is a monthly task in aquarium care and maintenance.

If you make use of EcoBio-Blocks, then the ammonia and nitrite produced is kept under control. Less frequent cleaning and washing of the gravel is necessary, and tank water will be much clearer and cleaner. These products have a life of up to two years.

EcoBio-Block products introduce beneficial bacteria into your tank continually and will ease the tasks of aquarium care and maintenance. Your tank will stay clean longer, and the water will be a clean and healthy environment for your fish.

Learn the right tips to aquarium care by looking online. There you will find many methods to clear water of organic waste that will harm your fish. Head online and learn more now.

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Boyler, Leonard "Understanding Aquarium Care And Maintenance Tasks." Understanding Aquarium Care And Maintenance Tasks. 3 Jul. 2010. 20 Aug 2014 <>.

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