How to clean a fish tank
Your 125 gallon fish tank is a home for your fish. Like all homes, they need regular cleaning for your fish to live happily and healthily. If you do not clean your fish tank regularly, the water can get very dirty and your fish can get sick. Cleaning a fish tank is actually quite simple. Everybody thinks it is a tough job but if you follow these simple directions, cleaning your fish tank is very easy!
- Before you clean your fish tank, unplug any electrical appliances attached to it. For example, the filter, aeration or lights attached to the tank need to be unplugged.
- Open the tank and scoop out water from the tank using a mug or a pitcher. Make sure you get enough water for your fish to swim comfortably in a separate container which will serve as a temporary shelter for your fish while your clean the tank.
- Pour the water from the mug into the temporary container. Gently transfer your fish into the container by using a fish net.
- Once your fish are out, empty the tank. Tanks come in different shapes and sizes. For instance, I have a fish tank cube which has a depth of four and a half feet. I can’t empty it easily. So I use a bucket. If you cannot move the tank itself, transfer the water into a bucket and pour it into the drain.
- Once the water is emptied out, use a scrubber to clean the walls of the tank thoroughly. If your tank has rocks then clean them by picking them up with a gravel vacuum and cleaning them. Use the scrubber to make sure that there is no algae in your tank.
- Once the walls of the tank are scrubbed clean, pour fresh water into your clean tank and replace your stones and fish tank accessories.
- Your tank is clean again! Now transfer the fish back to their home using the fish net. You’re all done!