As we all can agree aquarium Maintenance is an ongoing battle.
The algae, bukets of water, testing, filter media, cloudy water and on and on. All of it adds up to a lot of time spent scrubbing and sucking tank water out of a siphon (and spitting it out of your mouth YUCK!)
Most beginners don’t have a proven system or at least a simple guide that you can follow. And ultimately this leads to issues with your water chemistry, clarity and the health of your fish.
Further Reading: If you’re sick of reading the old complicated beginner guides then check out our guide: Best Freshwater Aquarium Setup. Check it out!
And the worst case scenerio is lost fish and frustration, leading you to drop the hobby.
No one wants that, especially me.
Fish keeping doesn’t have to be difficult and I want to help as many beginners to the hobby by sharing a few tips, videos and equipment suggestions for proper aquarium maintenance.
This step by step guide to Cleaning An Aquarium is a great reference guide. The tips, steps and videos will help you get the clean and healthy aquaruim you’ve always wanted. The Best Way To Clean a Fish Tank is by using 9 Essential Tools to help clean and manage your tank.
So, if you did only one thing today, it should be bookmarking this page.
Come back and use this guide often each time you clean your aquarium. If you only read this guide once and never come back, I doubt you will see the success you would like to acheive.
What equipment do you need to clean a fish tank?
The tools and equipment listed below are what I consider to be the 9 Essential Tools needed to successfully undertake a tank cleaning.
Here’s the checklist:
- Fish Net
- Magnetic Aquarium Cleaner
- Aquarium Razor Blade
- Algae Pad
- Aquarium Plant Trimmer
- Python Water Change System
- Aquarium Safe Glass Cleaner
- Filter and Filter Media
- Aquarium Water Conditioners
Each of these tools is not “Required” to clean your aquarium as there are many other tools available.
However, these tools will definitely help make it easier for you to clean and manage your tank if you stick to a regular maintenance schedule.
Below I have provided a brief description of the tool, their function and a video showing exactly how to use the tool.
Note: Before you do any cleaning use a water test kit like this one from API to monitor and test the quality of your water. Record the results weekly and take action if you notice any issues with your water quality.
Okay Let’s Get Started!
Just follow these steps and use the tools in order when cleaning your aquarium.