What Is The Best Aquarium Gravel Vacuum in 2021
Fish Aquarium Cleaner, Electric Telescoping Siphon Syphon Vacuum Gravel Filter
Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer - 25 Feet
- Makes routine water changes much easier!
- Attaches to faucet: removes dirty water and can return clean water
- Also vacuums out the debris in gravel
- Eliminates spills and heavy lifting
- Auto-siphons, includes built-in on/off valve
Lee's 6-Inch Slim Jr. Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, Self-Start
- Also features a self-start cap assembly and a 72-inch long vinyl hose
- Produced specifically for designer aquariums, other small aquariums and fish bowls
- Makes aquarium maintenance a snap
Lee's Ultra GravelVac, Self-Start with Nozzle & Hose Clip - 10" Medium
- Self-start siphon
- Ultra Hose Clip included
- Wide mouth nozzle for hard to reach areas
- Wide mouth nozzle increases surface coverage by about 20%, enabling faster, more efficient cleaning with less water used
How to Clean an Aquarium
There are a few rules and tips that are essential for a clean aquarium.
The first rule of cleaning an aquarium is to never use soaps or detergents. They are toxic to fish and are not meant for cleaning an aquarium. Before using the aquarium and equipment, simply wash it all with plain old water.
Changing the water regularly is essential to cleaning an aquarium. Gather buckets to hold the amount of water in the tank. Use a siphon hose (sold with the other aquarium equipment) to drain the water from the tank.
After removing all of the water from the tank, remove any algae with algae scrub pads (sold with the other aquarium equipment). When it comes to algae, remember that algae love light. The more light there is in and around your aquarium, the more algae will be able to grow.
Make sure to clean the aquarium's filter at least once each week. If there are a lot of fish in one tank, cleaning the aquarium's filter may be required more often. Carbon can be used in addition to a filter. Carbon helps to remove food and waste and some filters have carbon in them already.
Vacuuming the tank is an important part of cleaning an aquarium. Special aquarium vacuums can be found at pet stores. These devices help to remove the waste and food that get trapped under the gravel in an aquarium. Natural aquarium vacuum cleaners are available in the form of snails and hermit crabs. For freshwater tanks, snails are recommended and for salt water tanks, hermit crabs are ideal.
After removing the water from the aquarium; cleaning and vacuuming the tank, add clean water to the aquarium. Never add water directly from the tap, however. Tap water contains chorine and is deadly to fish. Water directly from the tap may not be the correct temperature. Use water that has been sitting for 24 hours so that the chorine has had time to dissipate. Use a dechlorinating product is the best idea. Be sure to test the pH, nitrate, nitrite and ammonia levels in the aquarium at least once per week. Test kits are sold at pet store. Keep the chemicals in the water to the correct level and keeping the pH balanced is essential to aquarium care.
Cleaning an aquarium can be made simple with a few tips. Never give fish too much food. Do not place an aquarium in a room with too much sunlight. This can cause an algae overload and water temperature to become too hot.
Treat fish as well as other pets and they will thrive and bring enjoyment the whole family. Keep their environment as clean as possible and remember that anything worth doing is worth doing right.