An aquarium with clear water is a sign of a healthy environment

MICROBE-LIFT/Gravel & Substrate Cleaner will also help to clarify dirty aquarium water.
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Q: How do I clean a fish bowl?
A: Fish bowls are a lot like aquariums, but they need to be cleaned much more frequently, especially if they aren’t equipped with a filter. If the fish bowl doesn’t have a water filter, change the water frequently, but only by 10-to-15 percent of it at a time. For small fishbowls, remove the fish and place them in a large glass with enough water from the tank to make them comfortable. Then, follow the above instructions for scrubbing the sides and decorations, making sure to never use soap or detergents.
Once the new aquarium gravel is cleaned, its time to soak the gravel in decholorinated water.
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Aquarium maintenance does not require a lot of equipment. However, it does help to have a few specialized tools on hand. The most important piece of equipment to have is a dedicated aquarium bucket, and make sure you do not use it for anything else. Having two buckets is helpful, but not absolutely necessary. In addition to the bucket, a siphon, water conditioner, algae scrubber, filter brush, aquarium safe glass cleaner, soft cloth and some towels round out your cleaning materials. All of these items can be stored inside the aquarium bucket to make cleaning day quick and easy. Additionally, you'll need fresh filter media and if you have live plants, fertilizer, and small scissors to trim the plants. Filters clean your aquarium water in one or more of three ways: , , or .
Photo provided by FlickrThe aquarium gravel cleaner is simply a tube with a hose that is used for draining water from your fish tank.
Photo provided by FlickrAquarium gravel cleaners are very good investments and very useful tools when changing the water of the tank.
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Using an aquarium gravel cleaner is a great way to get rid of the organic waste that decomposes in your fish tank and they make water changes easier.Use the bucket as storage and put some of the old aquarium water into it; once you have enough water, input the fish into this container while you are cleaning.If waste from your fish and plant life remain in your aquarium for too long without cleaning, it is likely that your fish and plants will be negatively impacted. These tools will also provide a means to simultaneously remove old water.Mechanical, biological and chemical filters remove solid and chemical contaminants from home aquariums. Remove and clean mechanical filters monthly, or according to the manufacturer's instructions, and check that biological and chemical filters aren't blocked with silt or solid waste, preventing the flow of water. Replace filter pads in chemical filters every month, and remove half of the biological media in biological filters if they're completely clogged. Biological filters contain living bacteria, so clean them gently in fresh water or clean marine aquarium water, and don't allow them to dry out.Crystal-clear aquarium water not only looks good, it's also a sign you're providing a healthy environment for your fish. Fish waste, uneaten food and plant debris all make aquarium water cloudy and unattractive, raising its pH to harmful levels. Cloudy water can also be low in oxygen, making it difficult for fish to breathe. Regular water changes, using filters and an air pump, help keep its water clean and your fish happy and healthy.It's important to note that you don't need to completely break down the tank everytime you have to "clean your tank" or perform aquarium maintenance. Most of the time you will just need to perform a partial water change (20 percent or so) with a good gravel vacuuming and maybe scrape a little algae off the front viewing panel. If you have a major algae problem then something is out of whack. You may be feeding too much, your tank may be overstocked, you're not performing frequent enough water changes, you're feeding the wrong types of foods, etc. Or, it could be a combination of the above. If you have a problem with cloudy water, please read the article on and be sure to keep up with your fish tank maintenance!