AQUARIUM MAINTENANCE

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To keep your aquarium running properly and your fish healthy.


The Basics on Feeding . . .

  • Most fish only need to be fed once a day
  • Newly hatched fish need to be fed smaller more frequent times of 3 or 4 times a day
  • Fish being conditioned for breeding should be fed more frequently
  • Larger fish past their growth stage can be fed once a day, but can skip a feeding
  • Algae eaters need only supplements once or twice a week if there is little algae in the tank
  • Nocturnal fish can be trained to come out during the day to eat
  • Most Invertebrates do not eat as much as fish
  • Stationary animals only need to be fed once a week, while mobile invertebrates can be fed more frequently

The Basics on Feeding . . .

  • Most fish only need to be fed once a day
  • Newly hatched fish need to be fed smaller more frequent times of 3 or 4 times a day
  • Fish being conditioned for breeding should be fed more frequently
  • Larger fish past their growth stage can be fed once a day, but can skip a feeding
  • Algae eaters need only supplements once or twice a week if there is little algae in the tank
  • Nocturnal fish can be trained to come out during the day to eat
  • Most Invertebrates do not eat as much as fish
  • Stationary animals only need to be fed once a week, while mobile invertebrates can be fed more frequently

Over feeding can cause poor water quality. If the food falls to the bottom and sits at the bottom for more than a few minutes you have fed too much.

Plastic and Live Plants

Most aquariums are set up with plastic plants. Plastic plants are frequently more brilliant in color than live plants. Plastic plants have a nice clean look. They are also less difficult to manage and maintain. Plants help to make a stress free environment for your fish. They are used not only to decorate your aquarium but to give hiding places for your fish.

Live plants will add additional oxygen into the water, although has high maintenance. Once your plants get overcrowded, have dead leaves in your tank, you no longer like the length, or cannot see your fish, trim your plants. Use the sharpest scissors to cut them to avoid damaging the plant. You can also replant the stem plants.

Your aquarium lighting on your tank needs the correct spectrum or intensity for the types of plants you want to grow. You will need three things for your plants to survive: light, food, and water. Different plants need specific types of fertilizers. Stem plants, floating plants or plants attached to rocks or wood do best with a liquid fertilizer. Plants with a heavy root system do best with a tablet fertilizer or a clay-based substrate additive. Most all plants will benefit from the CO2 injection, but only a few actually require it. Extra mineral fertilizers and lighting are needed to gain the full benefit of the CO2 supplementation.

Plants that like low light levels will also grow under high light, but the reverse is rarely true. Because most bodies of fresh water are murkier, more shaded, and shallower than saltwater habitats, the lighting requirements will be lower. To avoid potential algae bloom be careful of intense light, too much fertilizer, and CO2.

Whether you have a 5 Gallon Aquarium or a 1000 Gallon Aquarium, we can guide you in the right direction with our experienced staff. We have over 100 years of collective experience.e