You should perform regular fish tank maintenance every two to three weeks. This means that you should look at the overall condition of your tank. Start with the outside first. Make sure that everything is functioning the way that it should. Check the lights, the filter, the heater, and the pump. If anything looks like it is not working properly, be sure to fix the problem before moving on. Malfunctioning aquarium equipment will also cause the fish tank to require more frequent cleaning and maintenance.
Ignoring an issue like this will not make it just go away. In fact, it will only make the problem worse and endanger the life of your fish. After thoroughly checking the outside of the tank, move to the inside. Check to make sure that the water temperature is where it should be, and that the chemicals in the water are within an acceptable range. Also, remember to check and see if your gravel needs to be cleaned. If it does, take care of it right away. How about the walls of the tank? If there is a lot of algae growing, be sure to find out why, and also clean it off.
If you need help with fish tank maintenance, there are many books available. You can also ask your local pet store for advice on fish tank maintenance. The Internet is also a great source of information, as there are hundreds of websites devoted to fish tanks and aquarium enthusiasts.
Fish tank maintenance is an important aspect of your larger aquarium setup-and is important to integrate into your overall scheme. There are ways to keep maintenance down, but you can not escape the inevitability of having to perform maintenance. For example, there are special fish you can buy, called algae eaters, that will eat the algae from the inside of the tank. They do a fair job, but a thorough cleaning can’t be beat.