Keeping The Aquarium Clean

Written by Dane Stanton

You do clean your house don’t you? Well you have to clean your Goldfish’s house too and it’s a lot simpler! Cleaning and maintaining a goldfish tank is a must because this breed is really dirty. Even a teenager’s room would be better than a goldfish tank that’s left alone for a week! The Goldfish are descendants ofrepparttar scavenger Carp fish and that makes them scavengers too. They will eat a lot, which means that they will produce a lot of fish waste that will degraderepparttar 146999 quality ofrepparttar 147000 water. More than a complete overhaul ofrepparttar 147001 tank, you will need to give frequent weekly cleanings.

How do you use a siphon to clean your goldfish tank?

You will need to use a siphon to clean your goldfish tank because it efficiently cleans uprepparttar 147002 muck, does not disturb your fish and is easy to use. It’s essential to use duringrepparttar 147003 partial water changes. A typical aquarium gravel vacuum would be a wide tube attached to a narrower siphon tube. By cleaningrepparttar 147004 gravel every week you would get rid of a lot of substances that could turn toxic for your fish over a period of time. Here’s how you beginrepparttar 147005 siphoning process:

* Put a bucket on a low stool or even onrepparttar 147006 floor in front ofrepparttar 147007 fish tank, and placerepparttar 147008 wide end ofrepparttar 147009 gravel vacuum inrepparttar 147010 tank.

* Now gently suck atrepparttar 147011 other end and hold it overrepparttar 147012 bucket. Once you feelrepparttar 147013 water flowing intorepparttar 147014 tube let it flow intorepparttar 147015 bucket. Be careful not to swallowrepparttar 147016 water though- but even if you do, it isn’t going to be harmful!

* Now thatrepparttar 147017 siphon has started, userepparttar 147018 wider end to suck outrepparttar 147019 dirt and debris out ofrepparttar 147020 gravel and flow out ofrepparttar 147021 tank intorepparttar 147022 bucket.

* Passrepparttar 147023 vacuum end over allrepparttar 147024 gravel and keep doing so till you have removed 10 to 15% ofrepparttar 147025 water.

* If gravel gets stuck inrepparttar 147026 vacuum, releaserepparttar 147027 gravel by pluggingrepparttar 147028 other end ofrepparttar 147029 siphon tube with your finger or thumb.

* When you want to stoprepparttar 147030 siphon just raise both ends aboverepparttar 147031 level ofrepparttar 147032 tank

* To stoprepparttar 147033 siphon, simply raise either end ofrepparttar 147034 siphon aboverepparttar 147035 surface level ofrepparttar 147036 fish tank.

There are gravel vacuum that can be attached to a faucet but this would mean that you be putting back tap water directly intorepparttar 147037 tank which might not be good for your goldfish if there is a marked temperature difference. Also you would be adding allrepparttar 147038 chemicals present inrepparttar 147039 tap water without allowingrepparttar 147040 chlorine to evaporate. The best option is to keep a container of fresh water overnight.

The Weekly 10-15%

Cleaning your tank is essential to your goldfish’s well being. In fact, both your plants and your goldfish need fresh, clean and healthy water to survive. All you need to do is set aside a little time every week to do what is called a Partial Water Change or 10-15% Water Change. This weekly routine will not only keep your aquarium look nice and clean, it will keep your goldfish healthy. Partial water changes are no sweat – all you have to do is scraperepparttar 147041 algae, vacuumrepparttar 147042 gravel and replacerepparttar 147043 water you remove with fresh water. Here’s what you need to do:

Goldfish Tips - Choosing The Right One

Written by Dane Stanton

Tips to gettingrepparttar right Goldfish

Goldfish are a temperate breed that can be found in cool streams, lakes, and ponds throughout Asia and part of Eastern Europe. However,repparttar 146998 ones you will buy for your tank have been bred in captivity. Once you’ve decided thatrepparttar 146999 Goldfish isrepparttar 147000 right one for you – you will need to findrepparttar 147001 right kind of goldfish. Take your time and find out more, rather than just rush out and buyrepparttar 147002 first goldfish you find inrepparttar 147003 first pet store you come by. Decide on how many you want to buy. If you really want just a single Goldfish, please do a re-think onrepparttar 147004 issue because it can get lonely and boring for a lone ranger in a tank! Once you’ve though it out, here are some ofrepparttar 147005 things you must keep in mind:

• Chooserepparttar 147006 right pet shop. Ask people you know who are committed fish keepers for reputed goldfish dealers. These arerepparttar 147007 people who care and would have professional knowledge of breeding and nurturing goldfish. See if they give a proper fish guarantee. When you enterrepparttar 147008 shop, look around at allrepparttar 147009 tanks. Make sure thatrepparttar 147010 tanks are not overcrowded with fish. See if all kinds of fish are thrown together in one tank or care is taken to separaterepparttar 147011 various species. Look out for dead floating fish. The dead fish could have spread an infection torepparttar 147012 other fish.

• Questionrepparttar 147013 Goldfish Dealer. Ifrepparttar 147014 dealer claims thatrepparttar 147015 goldfish are imported, then find out which country they are from and when they arrived. Ask him or her isrepparttar 147016 correct quarantine procedures have been adopted before putting uprepparttar 147017 goldfish for sale. If they were bred, find out when they were bred and howrepparttar 147018 fish have been kept till now as in what kind of medications if any has been used and for how long. Find out ifrepparttar 147019 dealer has used salt inrepparttar 147020 water.

• Observe howrepparttar 147021 fish swims. This is a good gauge to identify healthy fish. A fish should be active, swimming with ease and style and poking around curiously at nooks and corners. Choose a goldfish that looks active and doesn’t wobble or tilt to one side or just rest atrepparttar 147022 bottom. Taprepparttar 147023 tank and see howrepparttar 147024 goldfish reacts. A fish that is slow in its reaction might be a sick one. Make sure that it’s not opening its mouth too much for air, as it might be an indication of problems withrepparttar 147025 gills.

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