SPRING CLEANING: HOW TO CLEAN AND GIVE YOUR OLD TANK NEW LIFE
- Once a week, take your algae scrubber or razor blade and remove any algae from the walls of the tank. Don’t worry, your filter will pick it up and remove it from the water column.
- Perform a 10% to 15% water change once a week, using a gravel vacuum to remove dirty water and debris from the substrate in your tank. You may want to focus on one section each week to avoid removing too much beneficial bacteria at once.
- Check your decorations and plants for algae and give them a quick scrub and rinse as needed once every week or two.
- Clean your filter once a month and rinse or replace the filter media, if needed. Remember, chemical filter media should generally be replaced every three to four weeks while mechanical media can be rinsed and returned.
- Wipe down the outside of your tank as well as any external equipment once a week to remove dust and water spots.
- Soak your fishnets at least once a month in a disinfectant solution so they are clean and safe the next time you need to use them.
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