These days, it is all about sustainability. By learning how to create energy sustainability within your fish tanks will keep your fish safer and healthy while saving you money in the long run. Here are six useful tips on how to create and preserve sustainability for your home aquarium.
Tip number one: Clean your tank out regularly.
Set up and stick to a regular cleaning schedule for your fish tank. You should wash the gravel once a week and swap out the water about once a month. (Remember you need one pound of gravel per gallon of water). Waste will begin to quickly accumulate in your tank if you do not regularly wash it. This will inevitably lead to dissolved minerals and a limiting amount of water in your tank. Keep in mind that if you do in fact clean your fish tank too often, you will be slowly losing the sustainability of your tank.
Tip number two: Choose the appropriate aquarium for your fish.
Some types of silicons are not safe or as effective as certain types of glass. Be sure you get a quality tank, one that is large enough and appropriate to house the type of fish you prefer. If you happen to have an acrylic tank, there are organic solvents you can use because they will be easily removed during cleaning. Note that most silicons are extremely harmful to fish.
Tip number three: Purchase a reliable water filter.
Purchasing an effective water filter will help to increase the sustainability of your aquarium. Ensure yourself before buying that the filter you chose is strong enough to filter your entire tank. Likewise, if the filter is too strong you can end up filling your fish. You can choose from an either a mechanical, biological, or chemical filter.
Tip number four: Decide what type of water treatment works best for you.
Water treatments are extremely beneficial. Most aquarium owners use tap water but this water often has added chemicals (that make it safe for people to drink) but they are quite dangerous for fish. Any traces of chlorine or chloramines could cause illness or disease. However, with the use of water clarifiers and certain additives, these chemicals can be safely removed and your water will be as healthy as ever.
Tip number five: Consider other water pets other than fish.
There are certain species of fish that can help your tank stay clean. The Siamese algae eater really keeps the algae growth to a minimum. Although these do attack other fish upon reaching adulthood. You may choose Corydoras fish because they eat all the unwanted food which can strictly cloud and dirty up your tank. Although all of these might not be completely safe for all your fish, you may also look into apple snails, flying fox, bumblebee shrimp, or for salt water, hermit crabs to sustain a clean aquarium.
Tip number six: Decrease your tank's nitrate levels.
Over a certain period of time, higher levels of nitrate can negatively affect your fish. This typically causes rapid algae growth as well. To reduce the amount of nitrates, the addition of plants can be very helpful. Other ways to keep your nitrate levels appropriate in your fish tanks is to refrain from overfeeding your fish. Any dirty debris will harm your fish and reduce your tank's sustainability so set up a schedule and stick to it. Nothing is worse than an infected fish tank.