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Aquarium Hygiene

Postby Anita » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:19 pm

Aquarium Hygiene...

Your tank of favourite fish may look lovely and make an excellent display. But even a large tank elaborate tank cannot imitate nature because the water is simply too small and unchanging.
Heavily planted aquariums may look nice, but the tendency for leaves to decay may lead to problems with nitrates. Each tank will have it's own chemistry and problems and you will get to recognize them :oops:

If you follow these rules, you will have a healthy aquarium, with fish that will reward you:
1. Do not over-crowd you tank.
2. It's best to feed smaller portions more often, only enough to be eaten within a few minutes.
3. Regular water changes must be made.
4. Avoid substantial variations in water parameters.
5. Filter material must be cleaned regularly in old tank water, a filter that's too clean isn't a healthy one!
6. Do not introduce decorative articles or materials that could decompose.
7. Tank decorations should be set up so they do not create 'dead' corners where uneaten food can gather.
8. Prevent the accumulation of debris in the substrate by syphoning.
9. Dead and dying fish must be removed immediately.
10. If your tank contains live plants, be sure to remove dead plants and leaves.
11. Wash you hands before and after working with the tank, because you can put harmful chemicals into the water without realizing it!
Particularly important after using cleaning products... where just residue left on your hands could poison a tank full of fish.

Proper aquarium maintenance and hygiene will prevent many diseases from being displayed even when they are present. The less stress that is placed on your fish the healthier they will be!
Many diseases can be recognized early by simply observing a change in the fishes behavior, therefore it is important to watch your fish for just a few minutes each day.
Never put medicines randomly in your water to act as preventives for non existent problems. Always be aware that chemicals added to your water can cause unexpected reactions. If in doubt, please ask - that's why we're here :winkin

;plo) Anita
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby Big Den » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:24 pm

Good post Anita.
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby superdart » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:40 pm

As Big Den said a good bit of reading and a reminder for us all.... :thu:
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby Eric » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:32 pm

A nice bit of info there Anita
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby malakye » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:29 pm

Thanks for that Anita.
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby mucklelass » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:01 pm

Thorough and practical. Thanks for taking the time, Anita.
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby Getthejist » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:01 am

Good post anita as always, but I think we might be a bit late to the party considering this was written in 09 :rofl:
When in doubt get another tank.
I keep water the fish are just for decoration.
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby Anita » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:23 pm

It was written a long time before that!
I wrote it for another forum and thought it might be useful post here. :rofl:
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Re: Aquarium Hygiene

Postby superdart » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:25 pm

Getthejist wrote:Good post anita as always, but I think we might be a bit late to the party considering this was written in 09 :rofl:


Still very relevent to-day,2009 or 2029 same housekeeping rules apply... :thu:
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