Maintenance is an integral process that keeps your equipment running efficiently. Fish tank filters under good care ensure your fish in great health. Filters that are not functioning may not be doing their job correctly and this could result in nitrite and ammonia in the tank water and both of them are toxic to your fish. Clogged filters will not have an excellent flow and hence may not be circulating the water entirely. Cleaning your filter varies between operations. If you have a large filter, a large tank and small school of fish, you won’t need to clean it as often as if you have a large filter, large tub and lots of big chaotic fish for example. Keep an eye on water tests and keep a check on the flow rate of water coming back to the aquarium. If the flow appears to be slowing down, time has come for you to clean your fish tank filter. If the results for water test show an erroneous thing, such as ammonia or nitrite in a mature and entirely steered tank, you should check whether the screen is functioning appropriately. The below guidelines will help know how to maintain your filters and aquarium:
- Inspection of your filter vigour
As a least, you should check the flow of the screen each week. Pay consideration to your filter form is the pump pumping water as it was when you first bought it. Apart from the likely for water quality problems, check out whether the filter is besieged to pull water through as it may get inflamed, or if the flow has reduced to a dribble it may even be running dry which can harm the filter. More so, you should assess to know whether the noise is much louder than before as this can be due to dirt or destruction of an element that needs replacement. You should also check the outside of the canister for any signs of leaks such as drips or watermarks, or any dampness in the cupboard
Make sure you clean your filter once per 3-4 weeks. Clean the inlet cage of any grit and debris to make sure water can effortlessly flow into the filter. A brush around the outside of it should be appropriate for constant upkeep. Always remember not to clean your filter with tap water as it may contain chlorine that might kill the nitrifying bacteria that is vital for the aquatic lives. If you have a pre-filter like a sponge around your inlet, you need to take it off and give it a thorough rinse in some old tank water.
- Substituting filtration material
Notwithstanding inferences to the contrary, filter sponges, sump, filter bucket can last for many years. If they start to break down, lose shape, or are so blocked that even with your best input they are notbecoming clean, you will know that it is time to get a new one. Ensure to change them regularly sticking to one producer for surety of the equipment’s you using. Ceramic media rarely need replacing. However, if it’s ancient or becoming very clogged, then you can return it a bit at a time. You need to replace filter floss more frequently though. It is the fine, floss, filter wool, or whitewhich is the last thing your water will pass through before getting back to the tank. It’s complicated to get this clean, so it needs replacement when it’s dirty.
So always remember to regularly check not only your filtration system but all devices that help sustain life in your aquarium, it is better to prevent than wait for something to happen