Cleaning your fish tank probably won’t ever top your list of the most fun things to do. However, it really doesn’t have to be too much of a chore if you keep your cleaning to some simple steps. If you keep up with your regular, partial water changes this once a month deep cleaning shouldn’t be an all day project. Here you’ll find how to clean a fish tank in just 4 easy steps that make even this deep cleaning seem like a breeze.
Scrape or Scrub Those Fish Tank Walls
The first step to cleaning your aquarium is to scrape or scrub all of that built up algae on your aquarium walls. You know the slime I’m talking about. It is probably the reason you are finally breaking down and cleaning your fish tank. The easiest way to get rid of it is with a CLEANER FREE scrub pad. Plain old razor blades work very well for glass fish tanks as well. Usually scrubbing with the pad is easiest. The razor blade will come in handy for that tough grime. If your tank is acrylic you’ll need to us a plastic scraper to keep from scratching your aquarium surface.
Scrub Those Decorations
Your rocks, wood, castles, and plastic plants will need a scrubbing as well. Even if the algae is not too noticeable on these decorations it’s a good idea to give them a once over. This just keeps it from getting too built up. Once this happens you’ll regret not keeping up on it. The work will quickly multiply as algae builds. This is an important step to regularly cleaning your fish tank.
Cleaning Your Fish Tank Filter
You should clean or rinse you filter media right in your tank water. This keeps the good bacteria in your tank while cleaning out the filter dirt. Only replace media if it seems clogged or like it is deteriorating. Again it’s about keeping good bacteria. Use a small brush to clean build up on mechanical parts. Undergravel filters should be left in place. The siphoning that you do next will free an undergravel filter of most debris.
Siphon That Gravel
You’ll want siphon your gravel at every regular water change and deep cleaning, to keep things from building up. Also, cleaning the other parts of your tank will usually leave dirt behind. Siphoning the gravel keeps the good bacteria in place while removing debris. All you’ll need is an aquarium siphon and bucket to catch the waste water and debris. Make sure you do not change more than 25% of your tanks water during any one session. Fill your tank back up with similar temperature water with water. Make sure to add water conditioner to the replacement water.