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Routine Maintenance

 

Water Changes

How Often Should a Water Change be Completed?

Changing the water is one of the most important care aquarium maintenance steps. You should complete a partial water changes, replacing 20-30% of the water, approximately every one to two weeks. The importance of changing water is to reduce pollutants.  This will promote thriving plants, balanced water, and healthy aquarium inhabitants.  Consistent partial water changes also helps to reduce algae growth.

 

Instructions for Completing a Water Change

 
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Aqua In-Out Set

The pump efficiently moves old water directly out of the aquarium and the tubing can direct the water into a drain.  No need to carry buckets of water.  When old water has been removed, place the pump in a bucket and treat fresh water in the bucket.  Return the newly treated water back into the aquarium.  Water changes can now be completed in a short amount of time without any messes or splashes.

 
 
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Aquarium Cleaning

Maintain an impressively clean aquarium with these few simple tools.

 
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Aquarium Glass Cleaner

The Aquarium Glass Cleaner is ideal for cleaning glass in your marine or freshwater aquarium.  The cleaner helps to easily remove algae and other buildup without leaving any scratches.  The ergonomic form makes cleaning simple and efficient.  With a cleaning span of 3 in., this cleaner is ideal for reaching into narrow spaces while being able to effectively clean a whole aquarium in a short amount of time.

 
 
 
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Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner

The Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner is ideal for cleaning glass in your marine or freshwater aquarium.  The cleaner is made of a durable yet buoyant material, so you are able to clean and transition around corners with ease.  It easily and effectively remove algae and other buildup along all the hard to reach areas of your aquarium.

 
 
 
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Spiral Brush

The OASE Spiral Brush is ideal for maintaining tubing in marine and freshwater aquariums.  From time to time cleaning of aquarium tubing is necessary for maintaining ideal water quality and clarity.  With clear or translucent tubing, cleaning is important for the overall appearance of your aquarium.  The spiral brush is suitable for tubing with an inner diameter of 2/5 to 1 in.

 

Fish & Plants

To care for an aquarium with fish in plants in mind, here are some tools that an aquarium enthusiast would not be without.

 
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Fish Nets

To transport fish or other coarse materials, OASE recommends utilizing the a fish net size that is appropriate for your needs.  The wide-mesh, durable aquarium nets that are simple to use.  The net has a black finish making it simpler to catch fish.  The nets can be used in both marine and freshwater; however, after use in marine water, thoroughly rinse with fresh water.

 
 
 
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Plant Scissors

The OASE plant scissors are ideal for freshwater aquarium with aquatic plants.  Plant scissors are a helpful tool for trimming, pruning, and maintaining aquatic plants in your aquarium.  The lightweight yet sturdy materials provide precision and accuracy to your aquascaping.

 
 
 
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Plant Tweezers

The OASE plant tweezers are ideal for freshwater aquarium with aquatic plants.  Plant tweezers are a helpful tool for adding, removing, and maintaining aquatic plants in your aquarium.  The lightweight yet sturdy materials provide precision and accuracy to your aquascaping.

 

Filter Maintenance

Filter cleaning, in addition to changing the water, is one of the most important and frequently needed aquarium maintenance steps. Cleaning and replacement cycles for filter media, such as filter foams or active carbon, depend on tank size and animal stock. Should it really become necessary to replace filter media, OASE recommends that you undertake the replacement incrementally. For example, first replace one of the multiple filter foams, after two weeks replace the next one, and so on. The reason is that the biologically active microorganisms that have settled in the filter, settle in the filter media. If you replace everything all at once, the filter will not be completely active for several weeks, because regrowth of bacterial cultures takes some time.

Replacement Filter Media