Dim the lights. Put the phone off the hook. It’s time to let you in on a little secret. As you get to be a more and more experienced fish owner, you actually do not have to do an aquarium water change multiple times a month. If you know what you are doing and don’t overfeed your fish or keep too many fish in the same tank, the water will last much longer. Plus, you run the risk of killing off some of the beneficial bacteria that keeps your tank healthy when you do a aquarium water change But, sometimes you should change aquarium water.
I know. It seems confusing.
Truth is, if there are serious issues in your tank, then, by all means, you should change aquarium water. I have done other posts that can help you identify when things are going a bit funky in your tank – and, remember, it isn’t your fault or like you did something “bad” if your tank’s water goes bad. Water doesn’t stay fresh forever. You’re just one person. Don’t beat yourself up over it.
If you’ve confirmed that, indeed, your aquarium water needs to be changed, the first thing you’re going to need is a bucket. (Ideally this will be a bucket designated exclusively to change aquarium water.) You’ll also need a length of clear plastic siphon tubing and a siphon starter so you don’t get a mouthful of aquarium water when you’re trying to change the aquarium water.
Put the bucket on the floor, place one end of the tube in the tank and get suckin’. At most, you should only take 25 percent of the water when you do an aquarium water change. Be careful not to siphon up any of your fish. When you start this whole process, make sure to vacuum the gravel and clean out the algae that naturally accumulates before you set your sights on the water.
And now you know the truth about changing aquarium water.
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