Keeping The Aquarium Clean

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* Removerepparttar algae onrepparttar 146999 surface ofrepparttar 147000 tank with an algae scraper before you siphon outrepparttar 147001 water.

* Asrepparttar 147002 name suggests you need to remove 10 to 15% ofrepparttar 147003 water from your aquarium.

* There is no need to remove your fish to a separate container.

* As you removerepparttar 147004 water userepparttar 147005 siphon to removerepparttar 147006 messy deposits inrepparttar 147007 gravel.

* In case you have an under gravel filter, then you would have to cleanrepparttar 147008 gravel during weekly water changes.

* Do not take out allrepparttar 147009 ornaments and decorations and scrub them clean because you might destroy some ofrepparttar 147010 much-needed beneficial bacteria that act as natural biological filter.

* You can cleanrepparttar 147011 filters duringrepparttar 147012 weekly water change but do not change allrepparttar 147013 cartridges, sponges, carbon packets, etc., as this might remove allrepparttar 147014 good bacteria and harm your goldfish inrepparttar 147015 long run.

* Also remember to rinse any new filter media in cool running water before introducing it torepparttar 147016 system.

* Once you have siphoned out 10-15% ofrepparttar 147017 water and most ofrepparttar 147018 dirt andrepparttar 147019 alga, itís time to replacerepparttar 147020 amount of water you removed with fresh, dechlorinated tap water which has been left at room temperature over night, in container free of soap residue.

* Use a siphon to transferrepparttar 147021 fresh water intorepparttar 147022 tank as this would be a gentle way to putrepparttar 147023 water back in and it wonít disturbrepparttar 147024 plants andrepparttar 147025 gravel. You would also spill a lot less!

* Do make sure thatrepparttar 147026 fresh water is of somewhatrepparttar 147027 same temperature asrepparttar 147028 water inrepparttar 147029 tank. You cannot just dunk in cold water because Goldfish are not tropical fish. Do remember to leave enough space betweenrepparttar 147030 top ofrepparttar 147031 water andrepparttar 147032 tank hood so that your goldfish get enough oxygen to breathe in.

What not to do:

* If you see thatrepparttar 147033 level in your aquarium has gone down, do not simply add water to make it level again. This is harmful, as you are not getting rid ofrepparttar 147034 impurities inrepparttar 147035 water. You are just adding water without removingrepparttar 147036 dirt and thus makingrepparttar 147037 water harder and more difficult forrepparttar 147038 goldfish to live in. So donít add water to top offrepparttar 147039 tank, do a partial water change.

* Never add water directly fromrepparttar 147040 tap. Please keep a separate container only for aquarium use and leaverepparttar 147041 water overnight so thatrepparttar 147042 harmful chemicals and chlorine evaporate.

* Please do not skip weekly water changes because if you do not partially changerepparttar 147043 water, you are allowingrepparttar 147044 build up of waste products like Nitrate that are not removed byrepparttar 147045 filter, and contribute torepparttar 147046 growth of algae.

Having 30 years experience in everything Goldfish, Dane Stanton has spent the past 18 months researching the most pressing questions on Goldfish. This information has been recorded in his book titled - "Goldfish Secrets Revealed" - which you can pick up by going to his website -

Goldfish Tips - Choosing The Right One

Written by Dane Stanton

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ē Check outrepparttar fins. Make sure thatrepparttar 146998 dorsal fin is straight and stands up. The backs ofrepparttar 146999 goldfish should be smooth, without unsightly bumps. Also check that allrepparttar 147000 fins are healthy, even and are not rotted away or damaged. In all, a Goldfish should have a dorsal fin (unless it is a goldfish without a dorsal fin), pectoral fins that extend out on sides, two anal fins or one right inrepparttar 147001 middle. Beware a goldfish with just one anal fin thatís placed kind of off to one side. It could mean thatrepparttar 147002 other anal fin is growing inwards and that could be fatal torepparttar 147003 goldfish.

ē Inspectrepparttar 147004 looks. Make sure that you giverepparttar 147005 goldfish you are choosing a thorough look over. See thatrepparttar 147006 fish has a nice symmetrical shape and make sure they donít have large heads compared to their body. It would do good to feelrepparttar 147007 fish to check ifrepparttar 147008 skin is too slimy or too dry but at least ensure thatrepparttar 147009 skin is free of spots and odd bumps and thatrepparttar 147010 gills are red. There should be no redness inrepparttar 147011 anal region and definitely nothing sticking out or leaking out. The outside ofrepparttar 147012 mouth should be free from redness and white strings andrepparttar 147013 eyes free from white flecks.

ē Bag Ďem right. Where youíre buying goldfish, you will have to put them inrepparttar 147014 ubiquitous plastic bag, but do so with care. Make sure thatrepparttar 147015 dealer leaves enough space on top forrepparttar 147016 oxygen andrepparttar 147017 right amount of water. The right amount ofrepparttar 147018 water is that which coversrepparttar 147019 fish. Do not allowrepparttar 147020 dealer to add any medicine or drops or anything else. Donít makerepparttar 147021 bag too tight and avoid a big bag that might lead to too many folds in whichrepparttar 147022 fish could get trapped and hurt. The bag should be tied till it is adequately taut.

Having 30 years experience in everything Goldfish, Dane Stanton has spent the past 18 months researching the most pressing questions on Goldfish. This information has been recorded in his book titled - "Goldfish Secrets Revealed" - which you can pick up by going to his website -

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