All pet owners understand the importance of not only maintaining the well-being of their pets, but also maintaining their environment, however, there are companies that can help you get the supplies you need for your loyal companion(s). They are committed to providing quality maintenance services, specifically for those who keep pet fish. They are qualified to ensure that your fish will get the best care, which can be weekly, biweekly, or monthly depending on the kind of help you need.
What Services Can You Receive?
Aquatic maintenance companies can offer an array of services including water testing and correction of the water parameters, as well as water changes using R.O. filtered water. They can also provide you with equipment maintenance, cleaning and polishing of aquarium glass, and filter and coral cleaning. Moreover, they provide health screening for your fish and coral, as well as medication. The technicians are trained professionals in marine science and chemistry, and are dedicated in ensuring the regular maintenance of your fish’s aquarium ecosystem.
In addition, they offer you hand-selected, healthy and compatible animals for your aquarium. If your fish become sick, it is possible to have recuperative hospital tanks at the facility, and emergency twenty-four hour on call services if there are any problems.
Steps to keeping you freshwater tank clean
According to Peteducation.com, it is important to regularly maintain good water quality. The website advises that it is good to perform weekly changes to replace trace elements that are lost. It also advises to check water parameters in unplanted freshwater aquarium with test kits, as well as changing the water accordingly. If your aquarium has a good filtration system, Pet Education advises to change the water on a monthly basis regardless of the test results. This will reduce the amount of nitrates in the water.
Furthermore, the website outlines ten easy steps to effectively clean your freshwater tank and perform a water change while reducing the stress on your fish. The steps are:
1) Unplug the heater.
2) Remove any artificial plants and decorations, and don’t forget to clean all sides of the aquarium with an algae sponge.
3) Turn off the pump- The best way to do this is disconnect the filter. After removing the filter, you should take it along with the artificial plants and decorations to a tub or sink.
4) Clean the filter, artificial plants, and decorations. The debris will settle in the tank after you have finished the cleaning.
5) It is advised to connect a gravel cleaner. This can be a siphon, which attaches to a faucet, or manual siphon that is used with a bucket to collect the water. The next step is to start the siphon and push the gravel cleaner into the gravel until you reach the bottom, and wait until the debris reaches the bottom. You should continue until the water turns clear, and then you can either pinch the tubing or partially close the valve to let the gravel fall back down. The last step is to lift the gravel-cleaning tube out of the gravel and push it back down right next to the last section you just cleaned.
6) It is advised to stop when you have removed 25-30% of the water. If you did not finish cleaning out all of the gravel, it is o.k. to start where you left off with the next water change.
7) Take a temperature reading in the tank, and then go back to the sink in order to adjust the water temperature to match it.
8) You should flip the faucet pump to run water into the aquarium, or you can fill out a bucket and pour the water back into the tank to original levels. If you are using a faucet pump, you should add some de-chlorinator if you have chlorine in your water source while the tank is filling. However, if you are using a bucket, add the de-chlorinator to the water before pouring it into the aquarium.
9) Replace your artificial plants and decorations and you can reconnect the filter.
10) The last step is to plug in the heater and restart the pump.
Pet Education also explains that regular changes are integral to maintaining good water quality. These simple steps can reduce stress for your fish, as well as give them a healthy living environment.
This article was written by Meighan Sembrano, who is an expert in freshwater aquarium maintenance. Meghan shares her experience with fish aquariums.