CREATIVE "HACKS" TO KEEP YOUR AQUARIUM CLEAN
- Avoid overfeeding your fish. Your fish can only eat so much before the excess food sinks to the bottom of the tank where it breaks down and produces toxic byproducts. A good rule of thumb to follow is only feeding your fish as much as they can consume in 2 minutes. For long-lasting food products like algae wafers, remove any uneaten portions from the tank after an hour.
- Add some live plants. Not only can live plants increase the oxygen levels in your aquarium, but they also compete with algae for nutrients which can help keep your tank water clean and clear. Just remember that aquarium plants require certain nutrients to thrive, so make sure those needs are being met or you might end up making your water quality worse with a tank full of rotting plants.
- Don’t overuse your tank lighting. The longer you leave your tank lighting on, the more potential there is for it to affect your tank temperature and water quality. Algae needs light to thrive so, unless you have live plants in your tank that need strong lighting, you might want to tone down your tank lighting a little. You might even want to put them on a timer, so they only stay on for 10 to 12 hours at a time.
- Be mindful of aquarium placement. The worst place to put your aquarium is near a window. The direct sunlight will increase algae growth and it can also cause fluctuations in tank temperature. Place your tank out of direct sunlight and away from heating and cooling vents.
- Build a cleanup crew. If routine water changes aren’t enough to maintain high water quality in your tank, think about adding some algae-eaters to your tank. Remember, not all algae-eaters are fish- you can also use shrimp or snails to help control nuisance algae.
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