Adventures in Aquarium Cleaning and Water Changes

When I first started in the aquarium hobby back in 1974, it was the Dark Age for aquarium maintenance. To remove the debris from the substrate you had to stir up the gravel until the water looked like a cesspool, then attach a user unfriendly Diatom filter to the tank to remove the floating debris. After traumatizing my fish I now had to use a standard siphon hose to remove water into a bucket and carry it to the sink without sloshing water all over the floor.

Monthly Aquarium Cleaning – A Must!

Even if your home would not get the Mr. Clean award for being the neatest and cleanest home on the block it is not likely to make you ill. You can open the windows to let in fresh air, you can throw a load of laundry in the washer, and you can wash the dishes that have been stockpiling in the sink.

Setting Up a Quarantine Hospital Tank

When receiving new fish, or isolating a sick fish, it is sometimes necessary to set up a hospital tank (also referred to as a quarantine tank). This is usually done on short notice, so it helps to have some extra supplies available to make things easier.