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Routine Aquarium Tasks Checklist Article

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by MOD_Dawn, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Thread Starter Active Member

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    REGULAR ROUTINE AQUARIUM TASKS CHECKLIST:

    DAILY
    [*]Check the lights above the tank; replace a burned-out tube without delay.
    [*]Make sure the filter is working effectively; if it is not, there may be a blockage in the system or even a power failure.
    [*]Check the thermometer; if the water temperature has changed, the heater or the thermostat may be faulty.
    [*]Reposition any substrate plants that have become uprooted and floated to the surface.
    [*]Trim dead stalks and leaves from plants. Add aquarium plant fertilizer to water as directed.
    [*]When feeding the fish, watch out for any decline in appetite, since this is usually a sign of illness.

    WEEKLY
    [*]Carry out water tests to monitor levels of nitrogenous waste. Keep a check on the pH as well, using either test kits or a meter.
    [*]If using a sponge filter, rinse it out in tank water (this prevents the loss of beneficial bacteria and will also reduce chances of a "mini cycle").
    [*]Carry out a partial water change of up to 20 percent every week.
    [*]Siphon out any mulm accumulating on the substrate. This will reduce the burden on the filtration system.
    [*]Top off water as needed-be sure to use a dechlorinator FIRST.
    [*]Check for any change in the appearance or behavior of the fish that may indicate that they will soon be breeding.
    [*]If you have a glass canopy-wipe down as needed.

    MONTHLY
    [*]Remove any excessive buildup of algae in the tank by cleaning, and then adjust the period of light exposure within the aquarium if need be (Gradually).
    [*]Where an internal power filter or an external filter are being used, strip down, check, and clean the filtration system.
     
  2. stevenrox

    stevenrox New Member

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    lol you ran out of things to write about?
     
  3. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Thread Starter Active Member

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    Nope, I have tons of things I can write about.
    I think this will be helpful for the newbies that are just starting out.
     
  4. ilikeguppies

    ilikeguppies New Member

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    Excellent post!!! VERY INFORMATIVE to a beginner! I need to print this out, blow it up and post it next to the fish tank I have =D THANK YOU very much!
     
  5. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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  6. Ben

    Ben New Member

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    Ill have to print it out for my girlfriend for a chores list next time I go out of town.
     
  7. ilikeguppies

    ilikeguppies New Member

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    haha LOL!
    Now that's even funnier!!! :)