It is almost impossible to create an ideal environment in a home artificial pond in which the aquarium does not have to be washed and cleaned at all. Of course, snails and some other inhabitants partially cope with the resulting pollution, but a moment comes when you cannot do without the help of the owner. And here it is important to determine the optimal frequency of cleaning the water house.
The cleanliness of the aquarium largely depends on its volume, because if your reservoir is less than 60 liters, then you will have to clean it quite often. At the initial stage, the cause of strong pollution may be the lack of normal microflora in the aquarium, this indicates a wrong start. In this case, you can use special preparations that allow you to quickly populate beneficial bacteria into your home reservoir. If your aquarium is small, then you need to clean it as needed, it all depends on the specific conditions and the well-being of aquatic inhabitants. Very small aquariums of 10-15 liters are usually cleaned once a week.
Cleaning an aquarium involves bleaching the decorations, washing artificial plants and, of course, removing plaque from the walls. As for water, regardless of the timing of the general cleaning, it must be partially replaced about once every one to two weeks. If you feel like you need to clean your aquarium too often, try cutting back on food. It is possible that the aquarium filter does not cope with the number of inhabitants and the volume of water, in this case it is worth replacing it or installing an additional one.
Keep in mind that the more inhabitants there are in the volume of your aquarium, the more often it has to be cleaned, therefore it is not recommended to densely populate your home pond. Plus, you run the risk of losing your pets. Not all types of aquarium fish are able to adapt to frequent water changes and cleaning of the aquarium. Remember that with the right microflora, no more than one third of the total volume of water is usually replaced per month.
In general, if the volume of the aquarium is more than 100 liters, then it is rarely necessary to clean it. If a large aquarium is equipped with all the necessary equipment, then it needs a general cleaning no more than once a month. Usually this procedure is limited to removing plaque from the walls using a special magnetic sponge. Sometimes, during partial water changes, aquarists remove dirt from the bottom using a small hose with a pear at the end, but often the filters and the aquatic inhabitants themselves can cope with this problem.
If you often have to clean a large aquarium, then this indicates errors in its maintenance. Today there are special services and consultants for aquarium-related issues. By contacting a specialist, you can find out the causes of contamination. Remember that the state of your fish and plants directly depends on the state of the microflora in the aquarium.