my name is rob
i have recently inherited a tropical fish tank which i have seen and is rather dirty, there is one fish in there, who is about a year old. what would be the way to go about cleaning it out, bearing in mind, ive never kept fish. i'm total newcomer to the game.
any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks
Well, welcome, and good for you that you are finding out how to do this! First, don't throw away the existing filter. Put the fish in a clean bucket (go buy a new one at Home Depot, they're cheap) because you'll need it. If you want to change the substrate now is the time. You could have new substrate rinsed and ready to go.
If not, use a siphon/gravel cleaner hose and vac the gravel, as you get out the water. You'll need to take out the gravel and set aside, but don't rinse it with regular tap water. There will be good bacteria in the gravel and the filter, that you don't want to kill. Buy a scrub pad for the tank, and use white vinegar to clean the sides well. Others may weigh in with other products you can clean with (do you have calcium/mineral build up on the glass?) Rinse very well.
Use the water you have the fish in, to put in tank, and add new clean water, treated with a declohrinator, such as Prime. Make sure the water you add is as close to the same temperature the fish has been kept in, so you don't shock him. By keep the existing filter, you should have no problem with the tank going in a mini-cycle, especially because you only have one fish. Depending on the type of fish, at a later date you may want to add more (some fish do better kept in groups).
That's a start. Have fun! There is much more to learn, so hope you stay connected. What size is the tank?
i shall try and do all that, too be honest im not too sure of the size, i would guesstimate it to be roughly 2 foot by 2. ish. what do you mean by change the substrate? there is also calcium build up, your right there.
about the clean bucket, should i treat that water for the fish or will it be ok for a short while?
told you i was new to this. but i really want to do it right.
ok i know what the substrate is. so do i put in the new bucket the fish and some existing tank water, treat the new water with prime, clean it all with white vinegar, then fill it back up? how would i clean the plants if i cant use tap water? would i treat the water i use to clean with too
hello and welcome.
you can clean the plants in either old tank water,or fill a container add some dechlorinator
then give them a rental rub over.
check out the plant section,you may find some helpful hints in there.
I would put the fish in a clean bucket, using the water he is in. While he's in the bucket, clean the tank well, rinse very well, and re-fill with clean, treated water (Prime) and than put the fish in the tank, but also add some or all of the water he's been in from the bucket. Hope that makes sense? You want to acclimate him by mixing water he's "used to" to clean water. He'll be fine. What type of fish are we talking about? 2'x2' has to be at least 20 gallons. There are sights that calculate aquarium volume, with length x width x height.
thanks so much for the advice, willow and gwen, your both stars. i'm really looking forward to creating my little underwater universe. and now i feel confident i can make a good start.
i'm sure i'll be asking a few more questions, it better to ask if you dont know than to guess.
all the best
Ask away :-D Is is better to ask, than guess for sure! Live plants are always nice to have, and fish like them. Are you thinking about live plants?
yes, i think live plants would be my first choice, to create a more natural environment. anything to keep the fish happy and content. will certain plants be better for certain fish? if so, i will find out what type of fish im going to be inheriting is. or maybe the fish inheriting me? ;)
welcome to the hobby.its a fun adventure.theres some much info.read read read.i learn something everyday.and this site is great cause people here have awsome advice.and you can read about others q's & a's that can help in the future.theres a lotb of great books out there too8-)
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