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Changing fish tank water frequently maintains a healthy fish environment. Get tips on changing aquarium water from a fish expert in this free pet care video.

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OK, now a very important, crucial aspect of maintaining a clear tank is the water changes. This aspect of having an aquarium is as important as changing the oil on a car is to having a good car. I can't stress the importance enough of doing frequent water changes. What you?re going to want to do is change about twenty or thirty percent of the water every two weeks. This is very important to maintaining good water quality and a healthy fish environment. Can't over emphasize it enough, you got to do it. Once you figure out how to do it, it's done rather quickly. And what happens is, there's a couple ways to do it. You could suck this out like your sucking gasoline and get a stream going. However, if you get good at it, what you can do is get a stream going here. Show of how we do this here, get that going and there we have the water going. And what we're going to do is, we're going to and of course you don't want to suck the fish, of course. We're just going to go in the corner and as you see it creates turbulence and you're going to suck that, the debris out and it's going to go into your bucket here. Now believe it or not you don't want to get all the dirt up. That sounds odd but you don't want to get all the dirt up because that dirt affords some biological filtration. So you don't want to clean all the dirt up so only go about half way down and leave that dirt that you won't be able to see anyway in the gravel. Where you can't see it and yet it provides the function of allowing biological filtration. Now towards the front of the glass you can get all that dirt out so that you don't have to be looking at it. So what you want to do is go in the corners, go all over your gravel and let the hose in the water just do its thing. You just kind of disturbing the gravel gently, not going down all the way, sucking that debris and loose particles up. And when you get to the point where you've got about twenty-five percent of the water, you've done your job. You simply lift up the hose and it'll stop by itself, of course. Now you've got the dirty aquarium water down there, you've changed the oil on your tank basically and you dump that and then after that you?re going to replace this water with water that has been dechlorinated properly and temperature approximately the same as the temperature of the water that it's going into. Remember, we're being very conservative about every aspect of dealing with your aquarium, very slow.

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