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Saturday Morning Ritual

Posted 2009.08.01 13.22 in Aquaria, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I’m sure y’all are getting sick of fish and snails and stuff. Still – I’m enjoying it, and it’s my blob. So there.

Saturday morning is aquarium cleaning time. It might seem like a big chore at first but it takes hardly any time at all. Scrape down the glass with the algae scraper. Pull out any decorations that need cleaning (today it was the ‘caves’.) Use the vacuum/siphon to clean the gravel and drain about 25% of the water. Replace the water with fresh dechlorinated water. Rinse the ‘caves’ in the old water, wipe off the schmultz. It was time to clean the filter too, so shut it off, pull out the media basket. It was time to toss out the zeocarb bag, and the sponge seriously needed rinsing (in the bucket of ‘old’ water.) Then put it back together, sponge and bio-media into the basket and into the filter. Put the ‘caves’ back in, put the top back on, and hey presto, sparkly clean aquarium, happy fishies and happy snailies.

I pour the dirty water into the garden outside (the nitrates and organic matter is good fertilizer) and then rinse things off.  Less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Not only are the aqua-critters happy but it makes me feel good too.

Normally this would be a weekly chore but I do it twice a week. My aquarium is slightly overpopulated, and snails are super-poopers that need a lot of cleaning-up after.

But look how cute and happy they get!

Big Blue