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How To Keep Aquarium Fish Healthy From Day To Day

How to keep aquarium fish healthy is a common question both new aquarium owners and seasoned veterans ask. If you already have a tank you are probably fighting this battle every day, and if you are considering the purchase of one, no doubt you have many questions about keeping your tank clean and your fish healthy. Thankfully for both the newcomer and the old-timer there are products available, like the EcoBio-Block,that can help to ease the burden of maintaining your tank, saving you both time and money. Continue reading to learn more about how to keep your fish healthy with less hassle. These tips will assist you in getting more out of your aquarium.

One of the best ways for keeping your tank clean is to change out a percentage of the water regularly. Changing out the water will help to remove dead organic material and it will also remove fish waste. You can help to prevent mineral buildup and toxins simply by changing out 10 to 15 percent of the tank volume once a week. If you use an EcoBio-Block product this part of aquarium maintenance becomes a lot easier, because the stream of beneficial bacteria coming from the block will take care of organic waste which breaks down into toxic ammonia and nitrites.

You should also consider making a regular vacuum of the tanks substrate. Lots of debris can build up over time between the rocks. Unfortunately this debris is typically too small to see easily or even at all, but rest assured it is there. A good rock cleaning at every water change or about once a week or so can make a big difference in the overall quality of the water in the tank.

Water temperature is another key element for the health of your aquarium fish. Of course the temperature you should maintain will be determined by the type of fish you have. There are lots of different devices that help to keep the water temperature constant, and there are devices you can float in the tank to monitor your water temperature too.

While those little toys, trinkets, and plastic flowers at the bottom of your tank may appear only to be decorations, and in part they are, they also provide a sense of security and safety for the fish. Make sure the bottom of your aquarium has 50 to 70 percent coverage as this will help your fish feel less threatened.

Of course keeping your fish fed helps to keep them both happy and healthy. There are a number of brands and types of food you can use, and of course you will want to choose the type of food that is right for your particular fish. Remember too not to overfeed them. This can add debris to the water and make cleaning a more frequent chore.

Watch the fish closely for signs of aggression. Your fish should always appear relaxed and swimming peacefully. If you notice aggression, such as one fish actively chasing other fish around the tank or away from certain areas, you might consider donating that fish to a friend or the pet store to be placed with other more aggressive fish.

Keeping your tank clean and the fish healthy is a much easier task when you make use of products like EcoBio-Block that help to reduce frequent maintenance. If you are wondering how to keep aquarium fish healthy, follow these tips and invest in products that can assist with the job.

When you want to keep healthy fish in your aquariums or fish bowls, the conditions must be close to ideal. Healthy water is just one component of a positive environment for tropical fish varieties.

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Sticky: Aquarium Care Series: Real-life Problems with Algae

by Ruby Bayan, OurSimpleJoys.com

Green Algae

Green Algae

Problems with algae are some of the most common concerns I hear about. Below are actual questions posted by our visitors, followed by my suggested solutions.

~ Green Water ~

Question: I have just performed a water change to my 230l tank, and the water has turned into a greenish hue. Nitrate levels are okay, I tested them. Could you tell me why this has happened? Will it harm the fish? – Therese

Answer: Hi Therese, green water doesn’t harm fish — and some people actually like the color. It’s an algae bloom. You may be exposing your tank to too much light. And there’s enough nutrients in the water to feed the algae. If you don’t like the greenish color, you can reduce the lights a bit, do another water change, or add plants to absorb the nutrients that feed the algae. You may also want to consider using a diatomaceous filter.

Follow-up Question: I still have that green water problem which started about 2 weeks ago. I have been keeping the neon light of the aquarium off, and I have performed a 50% water change, but the water is as green as ever. I can hardly see the fish. I am considering using a green water treatment. I have heard that this could be harmful to the fish. What is your opinion of this? Should I add some live plants, although my fish make a meal of these? -Therese

Follow-up Answer: Hi Therese, here’s something a bit radical — daphnia. These are minute crustaceans that are actually a favorite of fishes. If you can find a supplier of live daphnia, they will eat off your green water in no time — that is, if the fishes don’t eat the daphnia first. :) Yes, live plants are always a good option because they absorb the nutrients that the green algae will otherwise thrive on. And, this is just me, but I’ve never liked using “chemical treatments” for algae.

~ Brown Algae ~

Question: I have a well established 6 year old temperate goldfish tank. It is a 29 gallon acrylic with a aqua clear 300 filter. I have 4 oranda gold fish and 2 black moors. In the past i have had an algae issue that has since been taken care of but now i have a brown sludge like fungus growing constantly in my aquarium. It got my fish sick and i gave fungus medication, cleaned the tank very well and have been feeding every other day rather than every day. i do about a 30% water change every week and the fungus (?) keeps coming back. My question is how do i get rid of it and is it even fungus or am i going about taking care of it the wrong way because its not what i think it is. thanks, AP

Answer: Hi AP, I have a suspicion that you’re dealing with brown algae. Goldfishes are notorious for polluting the water. It’s possible that your filter and water changes are not able to cope with the waste products they produce. These waste products are food for algae; add to that a low-light situation, and you have the perfect habitat for brown algae (diatoms). Just vacuum them off and try raising your illumination level a bit. I know it’s tricky because too much light will encourage green algae. Have you considered adding plants? Another solution worth exploring is a water-conditioning product called EcoBio-Block, which releases beneficial bacteria that helps address water pollution and algae buildup.

~ Red Algae Hybrid ~

Question: I have had my tank set up for a while. The inhabitants and such can be found under the 46 gallon section of www.geocities.com/aqua_ajb. In my tank I find these little stringy balls of grey matter. They started to appear after I upgraded my lighting from 60W to 124W. I do not know what these little grey things are, but would like to know what cause them so I can fix it. I also would like to what they are. Sometimes they are very easy to pull from the leaves of a plant, and come in a big mass. Other times they are attached to the plant leaves and don’t come of very well at all. It is my guess that these stupid things are algae, but I would like to know for sure. Thank you for your help. AJB

Answer: Hi AJB, I’ve heard about a hybrid of red algae that looks blackish and collects mostly on plant leaves. This may be your culprit. I see you already have a Siamese algae eater — want to consider adding a couple more? Or maybe a couple of Otos. If the algae (ye, I tend to imagine this is algae) doesn’t come off from the leaves easily, cut off and throw away the affected leaves. Then next time you clean out your filters, be sure to wash them thoroughly to eliminate algae spores. Let me know if any of the suggestions work. Good luck.

~ Algae Attack! — A Recap ~

Question: HELP…I have a 10 gallon tank with 3 cherry barb fish. We are having a terrible time with algae growth. We will do a complete water change that includes new rocks, filters, and decorations. The tank will be troughly scrubbed. Within 5-7 weeks, algae starts growing. I have used the algae destroyer and some type of tablet to try to control the growth. No luck. The light is only on for 4 hours a day and that time is in the evening. No direct sunlight on the tank. We do feed the fish at night. We are getting ready to get rid of the tank. Any suggestions on how to keep the algae from coming back. thanks – LLP

Answer: Hi LLP, these things can be annoying, huh? Do you have plants in the tank? One trick is to add a few plants to consume the nutrients that the algae are feasting on. If the plants use up the nutrients, the algae won’t have enough to live on. A more reliable solution is algae eaters — my recommendation is the Otocinclus. They’re small, peaceful, and should be happy to keep your tank algae-free. Also, try this new aquarium-conditioning product called EcoBio-Block to control the nutrients that promote algae. Good luck.

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