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How Often Should You Clean Your Fish Tank?

Posted by on Apr 24 2020


Regular maintenance and upkeep of your fish tank or aquarium is important to ensure your fish have the best possible care and the longest possible lifespan. It is also important to regularly clean your fish tank to keep it looking impressive and avoid a build-up of many different fish tank problems. Here is our guide to the different types of fish tank cleaning, a guide to how often you should change your fish tank water and how often you should clean your fish tank.


Why is Cleaning My Fish Tank Regularly Important?

As mentioned before, cleaning your fish tank regularly is important to maintain the health of your fish. Over time, the environment of your fish tank can cause a build-up of certain types of bacteria and nitrates that can be harmful to fish, cleaning your fish tank can help ensure your aquarium maintains the best possible conditions for your fish and keeps it looking its best.


No matter if you own a small fish tank or a large fish tank, your fish tank water will still need the same level of care. Smaller fish tanks may even need more regular upkeep to ensure water conditions stay safe for your fish. It is important your fish tank water has the right level of minerals to keep your fish healthy, cleaning your fish tank regularly and changing your fish tank water properly can help ensure this.


What Are the Two Types of Fish Tank Water Change?

When conducting a fish tank water change, you should bear in mind that there are two key ways of doing this. A full fish tank water change and a part fish tank water change. A part water change will usually change around 10-15% of your aquarium’s water. Each of these is used for a different purpose but it is important to note that you should not be completely changing the water in your fish tank on a regular basis as this can harm your aquarium’s eco-system and potentially harm your fish in the process. 


How Often Should I Clean My Fish Tank?

Your Aquarium water change frequency will depend on two main factors. What type of aquarium water change you are doing will affect this as well as the amount of fish you have in your tank. You should aim to do a part change of your fish tank’s water around every two to three weeks, more regularly if you have a large amount of fish in your tank. A full fish tank water change should be done very rarely and only if absolutely necessary. Full fish tank water changes can harm your tank’s PH levels and more as well as being traumatic for your fish. However, if you find that your fish tank walls are building up with a level of algae, a magnetic tank cleaner can be fitted to the glass walls of your fish tank and used to clean away the algae from the side of your tank. This can be done as frequently as you like as it poses no threat to your fish.


Have more questions about aquarium water change equipment or how to make the most of your home fish tank? Get in touch now to talk to a member of our team or take a look at our wide range of fish tank equipment here.



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