Filter Replacement Parts for a Healthy Tank
are a professional aquarist or just a hobbyist, keeping your fish healthy and
happy starts with the right filtration system. A good filtration system can
also be the decisive difference when it comes to how much time you actually
have to spend cleaning your tank. Aquarium filter replacement parts are another
important factor in keeping up with the health of the tank. If you have a
freshwater, saltwater or reef aquarium, here is a guide to maintaining a
successful aquatic ecosystem with aquarium filter replacement parts.
What Filters Do
The purpose of the filter
aquarium is to remove the following from the water:
- Excess food
- Decaying organic matter
- Free-floating particles
- Dangerous chemicals
- Waste products from the fish
Fish excrete waste constantly, and if
the waste is not removed, the toxins will rapidly build up to high enough
concentrations that the fish will poison themselves. Decaying food and
particles floating in the water contribute to cloudy aquarium water if not kept
The sole purpose of an aquarium filter
is to get the gunk and pollution out of your fish tank. Filter cleaning is a
necessary evil in keeping fish, as they will always require cleaning on a
regular basis. You should wait at least a week from the last time you cleaned
the fish tank to clean filters so that the fish have time to adjust to the new
environment before having another shock to the system.
Specific filter types will require
different cleaning schedules as follows:
filters – Of the three types, these filters need to be cleaned the most
often, at least once every four weeks. You will want to schedule your filter
cleaning days so that they are several days removed from your weekly or
biweekly regular tank cleanings.
filters – Replace the carbon when the aquarium water turns cloudy, or at
least once every two months.
filters – Give the chemical filter a good cleaning out when it appears to be
clogged, malfunctioning or working very slowly.
The ideal cleaning period depends
entirely on environmental factors within the tank and it is possible to change
an aquarium filter too often.
Aquarium Filter Replacement Parts
There are various aquarium filter
replacement parts and your needs will depend on the type of filter you have. Replace
parts as needed and, as a general rule, filter cartridges should be replaced
when the water begins to enter the filter and bypass and/or the cartridge
becomes clogged. Filter cartridges should be changed every 4-6 weeks. Conduct a
thorough filter check every month and, if components seem like they are not in
proper working order, replace them.
Filtration is a necessary part of fish
keeping. Just as an air filter cleans the air we breathe, an aquarium filter
keeps aquarium water conditions clean and healthy for fish; it also helps keep
the aquarium looking nice. In most cases, filters can also simplify the
maintenance of your aquarium.