As we progress through the holiday season, it’s the usual ‘out with the old and in with the new’ as they say – and pretty soon it’s going to be a brand new year. And along with the new year, we’ll get plenty of people’s New Year’s Resolutions on everything from health, diet, working out, career – you name it.
This month, we’ve got some ideas for some resolutions when it comes to keeping your fish happy and healthy. Let’s jump right in!
Become more consistent with your maintenance
And not just more consistent – but also more organized. Whether it’s tracking your water chemistry or making sure you’re being diligent in your cleaning efforts every 2-3 weeks – there isn’t much that you can do that’s better for your fish than keeping the environment they live in as clean and well maintained as possible.
Keep an eye on the food you feed your fish
This isn’t so much a ‘make sure they’re eating healthy;’ thing so much as it’s to be mindful of how much you feed them and when. The old saying with fish is to feed them little and often. Just a tiny bit each day is enough. Over feeding can lead to a whole host of issues; worst of which is cloudier, dirtier water that can have an adverse effect on your fish tank’s overall health.
Do a deep clean – inside and out
Once a year it’s always good to really go for the deep ball on your aquarium clean. Change out the gravel. Look at some new filtration media like bulkhead bio balls. Maybe consider adding in some real plants to help combat the algae in your tank. But also – it’s a great time to get the area around your tank straightened out too.
Wires can get tangled. The outside glass and top of the aquarium can gather dust. Sometimes water that gets spilled while you’re cleaning your tank can seep into the carpet or area around and cause some odors. Be sure to clean the whole area around the tank and give yourself that nice ‘reset’ once a year.
Commit to getting a little smarter
Being an aquarist is one of those things where the more you learn, the more you learn that you know way less than you ever thought possible. So take the time to learn more. Read books. Check out and follow some blogs. See what the pros are doing. There’s some great stuff out there that can not only save you time and money – but lead to a significantly healthier aquarium as well.
We hope you found today’s blog helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call! In the meantime, have a very happy, healthy and safe 2024!