If you have been an aquarium hobbyist for an extended period of time, you’ve probably had it happen – one or more of your fish die seemingly without reason following a routine water change. The routine water change is one of the most simple but also one of the most important maintenance tasks for your aquarium, but what should you do if it starts to kill your fish? In this article you will learn about the importance of water changes including what they are, when and how to do them, and some insight into some underlying problems that could be the real reason why your fish are dying off.
Why Are Water Changes Important?
If you read the feeding instructions on a container of aquarium fish food they will probably tell you to feed your fish only as much as they will consume in about 2 to 3 minutes. There are several reasons why this is a good idea. For one thing, fish food only floats for so long – if your fish don’t get around to eating it right away then it will sink to the bottom of the tank where it will join with the other accumulated detritus and debris. Second, the more you feed your fish, the more waste they will secrete and that too will add to the accumulation on the bottom of your tank.
All of that waste that collects in the substrate of your aquarium starts to break down at a...read more
Any experienced aquarium hobbyist will tell you that your tank filter is one of the most important pieces of equipment for your tank. Depending on the type of filter you have, it is responsible not only for filtering out solid and dissolved waste products, but also for cultivating a colony of beneficial bacteria to help maintain the nitrogen cycle. Unfortunately, many aquarium hobbyist fail to clean and maintain their filters on a regular basis and this can lead to problems with water chemistry.
How Often Should You Clean It?
The chances are that you probably already have some kind of system or schedule in place when it comes to cleaning your aquarium. In addition to performing weekly water changes, you probably also perform a larger water change once a month and replace your filter media. But when do you clean your tank filter? Do you clean it at all? If you want to keep your tank clean and running properly, you need to include your aquarium filter in your routine cleaning schedule.
One thing you need to be very careful with when it comes to cleaning your tank filter is making sure not to clean it too thoroughly or too often. Aside from your tank substrate, your aquarium filter is probably the place where beneficial bacteria have accumulated the most. If you clean your filter too completely or too often, you could end up killing a significant portion of your tank’s biological filtration system and that could...read more
Depending on the climate where you live, you may or may not have to worry about your aquarium overheating during the summer. For the health and safety of your fish, it is important to keep a stable water temperature in the tank – temperature fluctuations can cause your fish to become stressed and extreme changes may even kill them. In the summer, it can be difficult to control the temperature in your tank as the temperature surrounding the tank begins to rise. If you do not have air conditioning in your home or if you are keeping your tank in an area where it is difficult to control the temperature, you may have problems with your tank overheating. Read more to learn about some easy and effective ways to prevent your tank from overheating during the summer.
Recommended Temperature Range
The ideal temperature range for a freshwater tank ultimately depends on the type of fish you are keeping in the tank. Certain species are used to cooler water temperatures while others are used to tropical water. To determine the right temperature range for your particular tank, you may need to do some research regarding the species of fish you are cultivating. Generally, a good range for freshwater tanks is between 76° and 80°F. To keep an eye on the temperature in your tank, it is always a good idea to use a submersible aquarium thermometer – this will help you monitor the temperature in your tank and it will help you...read more
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