How to Clean a Fish Tank

To clean a fish tank, start by unplugging any electrical equipment and removing a portion of the tank water to provide access to the substrate and decorations. Use a gravel vacuum to siphon debris and waste from the substrate, and consider wiping down the interior glass surfaces with an algae pad or sponge to remove algae and other buildup. Additionally, rinse and scrub any decorations or accessories with warm water to remove accumulated debris. It’s important to avoid using soap or cleaning agents, as they can be harmful to fish. After cleaning, refill the tank with dechlorinated water at the appropriate temperature and restart the equipment.

When refilling the tank, it’s crucial to monitor the water parameters, such as temperature, pH, and ammonia levels, to ensure they are suitable for the fish. Additionally, acclimate the fish to the newly cleaned environment by slowly adding small amounts of the new tank water to the container where they are held. Once acclimated, carefully reintroduce the fish to the tank.