The time spent servicing the aquarium depends a lot on the aquarist! Personally, I opted for regular maintenance.
Every week, I change 20% of the water volume of my aquarium. Some aquarists prefer to make only one change per month from 30 to 40%. If this technique is less restrictive, I think it can more easily cause a disruption of your aquarium.
Aquarium care for beginners
In any case, a monthly change is a minimum: new water brings important trace elements and of course eliminates some of the pollution due to fish excrement, excess food and plant degradation. If you use tap water, add a water conditioner that removes chlorine and heavy metals or let the water sit in a bucket for 24 to 48 hours. In this case it is recommended to use an air pump to stir well or stir regularly to facilitate the evaporation of chlorine.
In addition, you must be careful to bring water with the same characteristics as those of the aquarium, so as not to create a shock in fish. The temperature must be close to that of the aquarium: making a change of water with cold water can lead to a white dot attack.
You have to take advantage of the water changes to suck the waste that stagnates at the bottom of the aquarium. For this, no device is useful, just shake the pipe that serves to siphon just above sand.
At the same time, the windows can also be cleaned if necessary. For this, a phone card works very well without scratching, as well as wadding.
The aquarium filter must also be maintained regularly. The filtration foams will be rinsed and the wadding replaced at a rate to be defined for each aquarium according to the population and the rate of fouling. Do not overemphasize when cleaning the filter media and preferably use aquarium water for rinsing. In any case, never use hot water, otherwise the useful bacteria will be eliminated and the equilibrium of the aquarium turned upside down. For the same reasons, it is best not to make a big change of water and cleaning the filter the same day. Personally, I clean the filter of my aquarium every month. To you to adjust according to its fouling.
The size of plants is also part of the interview, it is done when the need is felt. On the other hand, we must remember to remove any dead leaves daily, to avoid pollution. We can also make regular inputs of liquid fertilizer and pellets to push in the ground, at the feet of the most greedy plants.
From time to time, the neon lights and reflectors that have been soiled with the condensation can be cleaned. For this, a cloth soaked in white vinegar is very suitable. It helps eliminate limescale residues. Then, we can pass a wet cloth to remove the remaining vinegar.