Cleaning and Maintaining Your Fish Tank

Having an aquarium is a great exercise in personal responsibility, scientific experimentation, knowledge of marine biology, and a touch of artistry. Simply buying a fish in a bag and dropping him into a bowl of water won’t yield satisfying results. As humans, we often think of water as an uncomplicated liquid. For fish however, water is their air and their home. Fluctuations in water chemistry and temperature will affect the health of your fish, and should be monitored and adjusted accordingly. Fish are also highly complex, and require specialized care depending on the species. Although fish require special attention, you should also note that they can be rewarding pets to have, and with a little information and a lot of interest, you can have an attractive aquarium. Many people have kept aquariums for years, and enjoy the habitats they have created. Aquariums are also a great opportunity for teaching children about animals and environments. Skills for maintaining an aquarium can be developed while visits to the local aquarium can inform and inspire.

Freshwater Tanks

  • Setting Up a Fresh Water Aquarium: Getting your own freshwater aquarium started requires a little research and careful attention. Securing the necessary equipment can be expensive but overtime it can be an enjoyable pursuit. Once you’ve acquired the necessary equipment there are preliminary steps of cleaning and set up that can be very helpful with a first tank. Read through the common mistakes section to avoid mistakes.
  • Cycling: Cycling refers to the concept of creating a biological filter in a fish tank. Properly balancing the different components of your tank will set the stage for healthy fish. Cycling guards against conditions like ‘New Tank Syndrome’. One of the most influential toxins that can accumulate is ammonia. Orchestrating the interactions between fish, bacteria, plant and environment will create a healthy place for your fish in which to live and grow.
  • Fresh Water Fish Species: There are so many species of freshwater fish. Consider these species of different freshwater fish: Birchirs and reedfish, catfish, characins, cichlids, cyprinids, killifish, labyrinth fish, loaches, pufferfish, rainbowfish, spiny eels are just a few.
  • Fresh Water Fish Species Names: A list of the most common freshwater fish. This list includes proper names, as well as Dutch names and commonly made mistakes.

Saltwater Tanks

Marine Pet Care

  • Pet Fish Talks: Two of America’s top aquarists’ complete catalogue of their over 400 podcasts.
  • Pet Care Education: Fish don’t require a lot of room to run or a litter box, but they do require attention and with a little education, these swimming animals can be great friends.
  • Aquatic Diseases and Other Plagues: Information is the best medicine when it comes to fish and their tanks. When the ecological balance is disrupted in a small tank, the inhabitants face serious consequences.
  • Water Chemistry: Water is extremely important to marine animals. Humans use air to breath, but fish breathe in and live in water.
  • Water Quality and Care for Aquariums: Measurement of water quality parameters includes information about the different chemicals that can accumulate, and are necessary or harmful to marine biology.

Other Aquarium Resources

  • Power Outages and Ponds: In the aftermath of storms or power outages, maintaining fish tanks, especially those with elaborate filtration, can be a tricky situation.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant: Largest freshwater aquarium utilizes research about Lake Superior to create and maintain the aquarium, while at the same time using the aquarium to complete research and strive toward conservancy.
  • EFISH: The Virtual Aquarium: Virginia Tech’s department of fisheries and wildlife sciences provides a catalogue of fish found in Virginian waters.
  • The Aquatic Gardeners Association: A non-profit organization focusing on underwater gardens. From experienced hobbyists to beginners, there is good information for anybody on this site.
  • Aquarium Set Up: A professional guide for setting up an aquarium, written for k12 teachers.
  • Ornamental Fish: An explanation of the practices that are used to collect aquarium fish, as well as a list of species.
  • Algae Aquarium: Setting up an aquarium for algae is a little different than setting one up for fish, see how here.
  • Coral Safe: An article detailing how to grow a coral safe movement.
  • Breeding Nemo: Once a mystery, a grad student uncovers the keys to breeding tropical fish.