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What Is The Best Way To Keep Your Aquarium Clean?

Updated on March 14, 2011
Yes! Before doing anything and after doing anything with your tank and fishes do this!
Yes! Before doing anything and after doing anything with your tank and fishes do this!
Tropical neon tetras  Courtesy google images
Tropical neon tetras Courtesy google images
Common Plecostamus  Algae Eater Extrodinare!
Common Plecostamus Algae Eater Extrodinare!

How Often Do You Clean Your Tank?

The recession forced me to reconsider how much money and how often I was cleaning and changing filters and treating water and flushing dead fish down the toilet bowl. Because tropical fish, aquariums, can be expensive if you go all out with weekly, water changes like the pet stores and many web sites suggest.

We just did not have that kind of money but I could not stand to think of not watching my is very soothing and I love to watch the catfish play. (Yes, catfish do play!) So I started letting the common Plecostamus do the work for me bless his heart and he did not disappoint; in fact, he did not seem to mind not getting the algae tablets either! Redundant isn’t it? Feed algae to an algae eater and then spend two to four hours a week scraping the algae off the inside of the taking and soaking the ornamentals in vinegar bathwater.

I really think the best purchase made was the common Pleco but the next best was the Clown Loach. Okay I admit it...I had a snail problem. Now, not only do I not have a snail but the clown loach cleans the tank alongside the Plecostamus! The catfish keep the bottom clean and the water is crystal clear.

What do I have to do? I have to add water and when I do that I also add a little very little aquarium salt and the amquel plus products for water conditioning and to add a bit of sulfa. Smells a bit but does the job.

That is it. Therefore, dont give up your tank because the hobby is too expensive. Let the fish I bet you already feed are in there do their job! They want to do their job!

They won’t look at you with reproach I promise!



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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I realized that as well after my first year lol!! the clown loach has decided the dragon is his home and comes out only at night!! the pleisto is now so huge we may have to invest in a vault and coffin when he crokes lol!! love to you

      barbara b and thank you for being the first and only haha to cmment on one I feel was such a joy to write!!

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      Naomi's Banner 6 years ago from United States

      These are great ideas. I used the over the side tank filter with lots of good luck and a Plecostamus as well. The clown loach is a great idea though for the bottom of the tank. I found that taking the tank down and cleaning everything like they suggest is far more hard on the fish than swimming in water that is not perfect. You just need to change out the charcoal filters often and that sweetens the water. Anyway great Hub and great advice voted up!