Aquarium / tank: easy water change - YouTube

Once that is complete, replace a quarter of the water in the tank with aquarium conditioned water.
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Ammonia is a toxic waste in your aquarium. Except for when you are cycling your tank, you want ammonia levels to be as close to zero as possible. Ammonia gets into your reef tank when your fish…um…pee…and also when food or other stuff rots. A healthy, fully-functioning biological filter will remove ammonia from your water.
Performing regular Aquarium Water Changes is vital for a SUCCESSFUL tropical fish tank.
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Cloudy aquarium water can have a number of culprits including faulty filters letting bacteria through, discharge from the fish, fish food, chemical additives to the water, and byproducts from decorations in the tank. Solving this problem involves dealing with the source, and cleansing the environment. The point is to establish a schedule and test aquarium water regularly to make sure parameters stay within the proper ranges for the tank.
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Photo provided by FlickrAir systems are not required for aquariums, but they do help with the movement of water, and also create a cool visual aspect to the tank.
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I would encourage all fish keepers to gain an understanding of the nitrogen cycle as this will help you understand exactly what is going on inside your tank and how you can deal with water quality problems should they arise.The simple answer is yes, an aquarium must be cycled properly before you can safely add your fish. It doesn't matter whether the tank is 15 gallons or 500 gallons, it's still got to be cycled. If you were to simply fill your tank with water and then add all your fish at once then there would be such a massive buildup of ammonia, the chances are your fish would be dead within a few days.Traditionally, there are two ways to cycle a fish tank. Both methods will involve introducing ammonia into the tank which will be the food the bacteria need to survive. The most common method of cycling an aquarium is to use small community fish that produce the ammonia themselves. A kinder, more acceptable way to cycle a fish tank is to use a method called the "fishless" cycle. This also involves adding ammonia to the aquarium, but as a name suggests you do not use live fish. In this article, we are going to use fish as it's probably easier for a beginner to undertake, and we wouldn't be happy with youngsters handling pure ammonia as it can be dangerous. If you would prefer not to use live fish then read this article on how to carry out a fishless cycle.We would recommend that you use small community fish like the Barb. The Tiger and Cherry Barb are absolutely ideal as they are quite a hardy species of freshwater fish and unlike some more sensitive species, won't turn belly up as soon as they are exposed to ammonia. If you are cycling a very small tank less than 20 gallons then you are probably better off using much smaller fish like guppies or neon tetra. Your fish store should be able to give you advice based on what fish they sell.It's important not to add too many fish as this will create a large ammonia spike very quickly which will probably just kill the fish within a few days. For a 55 gallon tank, 10 barbs would be appropriate. For a 75 gallon tank, you could go up to 15, for 100 gallons plus, you're looking around 20 upwards.It's become quite popular to kick start the cycling process by seeding your new aquarium with biological media that already contains live nitrifying bacteria.Aquarium maintenance or fish tank maintenance is something that absolutely has to be done on a regular basis to get the most out of this hobby. So you've finally got your fish tank up and running but you're noticing that it's starting to look a little dirty. Or, you notice that you need to top off some evaporated water. This is the time for some routine aquarium care or maintenance. Aquarium maintenance or fish tank maintenance can sometimes be a bother for hobbyists but it doesn't have to be that way. Develop a schedule for carrying out these aquarium maintenance tasks and it will make this hobby more enjoyable. Staying on top of those water changes should increase the health of your fish and make your tank look nicer.The simple answer is yes, an aquarium must be cycled properly before you can safely add your fish. It doesn't matter whether the tank is 15 gallons or 500 gallons, it's still got to be cycled. If you were to simply fill your tank with water and then add all your fish at once then there would be such a massive buildup of ammonia, the chances are your fish would be dead within a few days.It's important to note that you don't need to completely break down the tank everytime you have to "clean your tank" or perform aquarium maintenance. Most of the time you will just need to perform a partial water change (20 percent or so) with a good gravel vacuuming and maybe scrape a little algae off the front viewing panel. If you have a major algae problem then something is out of whack. You may be feeding too much, your tank may be overstocked, you're not performing frequent enough water changes, you're feeding the wrong types of foods, etc. Or, it could be a combination of the above. If you have a problem with cloudy water, please read the article on and be sure to keep up with your fish tank maintenance!