Fish Tank Cleaning Supplies – Using algae scrapers

Sometimes, no matter how well you maintain aquarium, you can get blindsided by an outbreak of algae on the glass walls of your aquarium. This is usually due to an imbalance in the nutrient levels of your aquarium or having the lights on for too long, allowing one particular species of algae to run amok. Thankfully, cleaning up and getting rid of the algae is pretty easy with the fish tank cleaning supplies available today.

Cleaning algae off the walls of your aquarium is easy if you have a decent algae scraper. These come in many different sizes, consistencies, and materials. While any of the scrapers should be able to scrape off the algae, the best ones are usually made from a semi-rough material to scour away the algae without ruining the glass of your fish tank.

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Cleaning supplies to look out for will have nice long, sturdy handles. It’s important to be able to reach into all the far corners of your aquarium without putting your arm into the tank – especially if you have fish with sharp teeth (piranhas for example). If you are buying an algae scrubber, try to find one with a stiff plastic edge on the end that you can use as it can also be used to get rid of calcium spots too.

Another option to consider is using the magnetic scrubbers. These come with the scrubbing pad for inside the tank, and a matched magnetic bar that stays outside your aquarium. The magnetic portion allows you to guide the scrubber from outside the aquarium. When you’re done, either hide the scrub pad in a back corner, or bring it to the top and take it out. Either way, these can be really handy.

And of course, the best control is preventing the algae from taking over in the first place. Once your tank is clean again, try a 20% water change and try to find out what caused the outbreak in the first place. For great deals on algae scrapers, click hereicon.

Freshwater Aquarium Supplies

We all wonder where we can get the best deals on freshwater aquarium supplies. One of my favorite sites to look for fish tank supplies would have to be Amazon! On this page we’ll list some of the best selling supplies from each of the major categories of aquarium supplies you are most likely interested in. If you have suggestions, let us know in the comments!

Aquarium Lights:

  • The R2 LED Aquarium Light is a great choice for anyone who wants to get started with LED lights in their planted tanks or show aquariums!
  • If you aren’t ready for LED lights in your fish tanks, the 48″ T5 216 Watt light provides enough light to keep reef tanks supremely healthy!

Aquarium Filters

  • Penguin filters offer enough water flow and the bio-wheel adds the benefit of more surface area for beneficial bacteria to thrive on!
  • For canister filters, these are getting cheaper priced as the years go on.  The AquaTop canister filters are a huge bargain!

Glass Aquarium Kits

  • For a standard looking aquarium kit, Marina makes a high quality fish tank kit for an incredible price!
  • biOrb offers the most stunning and stylish aquariums out there right now.  You’ll pay a bit more but it’s worth it!  Check these out

There you have it, some of the best selling freshwater aquarium supplies on Amazon.  You won’t be disappointed with these products!

Starting a fresh water tank for baby fish fry

When starting to breed fish, it is important to know what factors can improve your chances of success. After the baby fish (also known as “fry”) are already born, providing a varied diet and maintaining the cleanest water conditions possible will help the fry grow at a maximal rate into healthy adult fish. Setting up a fresh water tank and using it as a grow out tank will go a long way towards maintaining clean water and room for the baby fish.

Selecting the fresh water tank
Starting a fresh water tank for fry grow out is quite simple. For this example, it will be assumed that baby betta fish are being taken care of. For larger fish, increase tank dimensions. Siamese fighting fish fry need considerable room while growing out. After they are a month old, a 20 to 30 gallon tank is ideal for quick growth. When choosing a fresh water tank, try to get a “long” tank as this will provide more surface area for any given volume. Basically, any low-cost long tank will do.

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Setting up the grow out fresh water tank

When breeding fresh water fish species, it is typical to do everything to make maintenance of the grow out tank easier on the breeder. To achieve this, a simple setup is often preferred. Breeders will usually use a bare-bottom tank so that fish wastes are easily siphoned out on a regular basis. One or two sponge filters are used to provide adequate aquarium filtration without risking sucking up baby fish. A proper size aquarium heater is necessary for any tropical freshwater aquarium fish if maximal growth rate is desired. Finally, fast growing aquarium plants may be added to help use up the nitrate produced by the fish – this will help maintain cleaner aquarium water.

Cleaning the grow out tank
Cleaning the fresh water tank that is being used to grow out bettas is simple. Every few days the visible wastes should be siphoned out into a clear container. The water is checked for any baby fish before being dumped out and replaced with fresh water. Many top betta breeders will change 30% of the water on a daily basis. As always, ensure that the fresh water is of the same temperature as the water in the grow out tank.

Using a fresh water tank to grow out baby fish is a great way to get them to adult size quickly. For an excellent beginner’s guide to breeding fish, click here to buy this “Aquarium Fish Breeding” book.

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