Few Tips to dis-infect the aquarium for beginner fish aquarists. Disinfecting the aquarium and aquarium accessories is as much a must as having the water itself in the aquarium. But, unfortunately, novice aquarists practically do not know anything about this, as a result of which, a massive sea of fish can begin in the aquarium. Let’s consider the topic in more detail.
Having bought an aquarium and a lot of all kinds of accessories to it, such as: a compressor, a filter, stone grottoes, plastic figures, a novice aquarist is in a hurry to decorate the landscape of his aquarium with them. And you cannot do this until you disinfect all purchased items. In addition, it is advisable to disinfect the aquarium water itself: as they say, it is better to prevent disease than to cure!
And then the newbie faces another problem, how to properly disinfect? Well, we will gladly share with you my knowledge on this matter. So! Below are the tips for aquarists.
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Disinfection of Aquarium (Beginner Fish Aquarists)
It is best to use potassium permanganate or, in a simple way, potassium permanganate! Having bought a new aquarium, do not rush to populate it with fish. Since it is new, it must be disinfected. To do this, the aquarium must be filled to the brim with ordinary tap water.
Then, take a liter jar and dissolve so much potassium permanganate in it so that the solution becomes very dark (concentrated). Stir the solution and pour it into the aquarium. The color of the water should turn dark cherry. Leave the aquarium alone overnight.
After that, drain the water, wipe the glass with a dry clean cloth or sponge (kitchen). The corners should be wiped with a toothbrush. After these procedures, the aquarium should be thoroughly rinsed again under running water and that’s it: the aquarium is ready for use.
Now Let’s talk About Disinfecting Aquarium Accessories
Everyone remembers the stupid Tide or Boil ad? So, we choose boiling! Bought nets, wooden figurines, sprayers – we put all this in an enamel bowl, fill it with water, put it on the fire and boil for 10 minutes.
Plastic products, thermometers and a heater cannot be boiled, so we process them with the same potassium permanganate solution: we just make a strong solution and pour the solution into a bowl. We put the listed inventory there and let them lie there for 5-10 minutes. We take it out, wipe it dry and they are ready for use.
Now a few words about soil processing: untreated sand or pebbles can pose a real threat to the life of aquarium inhabitants, since bacteria and other types of parasites can live in the soil and pebbles.
Pebbles Are Processed Simply : Boil Water and Pour Boiling Water Over The Pebbles
As the water cools down, it is necessary to add a little potassium permanganate * the solution should be red, but not “vigorous”, but simply red. Pour the solution and stir the pebbles for a minute. Then we drain the water, wash the pebbles again, but with boiled cold water and that’s it: you can use it.
Sand (both large and small) must be calcined in a hot frying pan. We put a frying pan on gas, add sand and “fry” it, stirring constantly. The whole sand frying procedure takes 20 minutes. After that, remove the pan from the heat and let the sand cool down.
The cooled sand must be washed. This is also done very simply: fill the sand with boiled cool water and slowly stir it with your hand, allowing foreign particles to float up. We drain the water. We repeat this procedure (meaning washing the sand) three times. The sand can then be placed on the bottom of the aquarium.
Now For The Aquarium Water
Water is poured into the aquarium only when it has been settled for at least three to four days (for this I highly recommend getting yourself a couple of clean twenty-liter buckets). After the gulf of settled water, do not start the fish! We are waiting for two or three days, and only then can the fish aquarium be populated.
If there are diseased plants in the aquarium, then they do not need to be treated: they must be disposed of (thrown to hell: the fact is that aquarium plants are quite troublesome to treat, so I recommend drastic measures).
Also, you must have a so-called bactericidal lamp in your arsenal. With this “magic wand” you can rid your aquarium and its inhabitants from epidemics.
That’s all, thanks for your attention. Hope these tips will help for beginner fish aquarists.