Aquarium Maintenance Care Guide
This Aquarium Maintenance Care Guide has been written to help all
aquarists to understand that it is vital for the success of any aquarium
system to be properly and regularly maintained.
NEVER NEVER NEVER FORGET THE FOLLOWING
- Soap and detergents must never come into contact with anything that
enters your aquarium! Always use "Aqua-Plus" to dechlorinate and
condition any new water entering your aquarium.
- Allowing water to sit for a few days is not a recommended method of dechlorination
PARTIAL WATER CHANGE
- The frequency and consistency of a partial water change will
determine whether your aquarium will be a success. A partial water
change consists of removing 20 - 30% of your aquarium water using a
Clean only two thirds of your gravel at any one time. Use
only a newly purchased bucket that will remain the sole property of your
aquarium. Once you've removed some of your aquarium water don't throw
it into the toilet. Save it for cleaning your filter.
- Partial water changes should be done every one or two weeks for 5
1/2 to 10 gallons, two or three weeks for 15 to 25 gallons, three or
four weeks for 33 to 54 gallons and monthly for 66 gallons plus.
- Never rinse your sponge filter block under tap water.
Rinse it in the bucket of dirty aquarium water you've just
removed. The chlorine and chemicals in your tap water can kill all the
good bacteria you've grown in your healthy pink sponge.
Change your sponge every two months. Always cut away a third of
your old sponge and place it under or behind your new sponge in the
In filters with a single cartridge system, cut a third of the old
sleeve and place it behind the new one. You can discard the third in a
Most carbons and ammonia removers must be replaced monthly. Do
not leave expired carbons in your filter as toxicity problems may arise.
There are very good carbons that last up to six months.
Every three months you should clean out your filter's impeller
well. That's the hole where the round cylinder with the white fins sits
in. Follow your filter's manual on how to remove your motor. For a
single cartridge system, we recommend converting to an "Aqua-Clear"
- Keep fluorescent lights on 10 - 12 hours in the winter and 12 to 14 hours in the summer. Best for live plants and fish colours.
- Incandescent screw in light bulbs can easily overheat a small
aquarium and cause severe temperature fluctuations. Aquarium lights
should never be used as heaters. Temperature fluctuations will be
- Aquarium lights should never be used as night lights. Fish need sleep or they will die.
Should you have any questions regarding your new fish, or the
information offered by this Aquarium Maintenance Care Guide, come to
Centre D'Animaux NATURE Pet Center and consult with your NATURE Sales
person. We are here to take care of you and your new pet.