So you've decided to swim with the fishes (so to speak). After you've set up your aquarium, there are some supplies you may want to keep on hand.
Keeping your tank clean is essential to the health and well-being of your fish! Your water filters will need periodic cleaning. Your tank will grow algae. Uneaten fish food and other gunk will get stuck in the gravel.
Rather than emptying the tank and starting over every time you need to clean, you may want to do a weekly cleaning. Just remove part of the water, less than 20% of the tank capacity, and clean a portion of the gravel every week. By not removing all the water, you keep beneficial bacteria in the environment.
I clean out my tank once a month or so by draining water from the bottom and inputting new water on top. I use the old water that I sucked up to water my plants. I use a gravel cleaner and drain it into a 5 gallon bucket and use that to water the plants. Boy! do they love that water!!
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If you are like most fish lovers, you have lots of aquarium supplies. Try using the plastic containers that you get from large bulk stores like Costco; their grapes containers for example. They are large, stack-able, and the best thing is you can see though them.
Now separate your supplies according to your needs. Fish foods, air pump accessories, extra air hoses, filters, water treatment supplies, decorations, toys, fake plants, different size fish nets, etc. They all go into their own container. I always keep one for odds and ends too, so I can later place that something in the appropriate container. Since they are stack-able, they fit under most aquarium stands, and you have no more messy aquarium supplies.
By artwest-1 from Seattle, WA