What material can be used to clean inside a fish tank?
A piece of plastic netting used for bagging potatoes or oranges works well on algae stuck to the glass. Be sure to rinse it well in clean water (no soap) or salt water solution first. Hot salt water is safe for cleaning the tank and gravel itself, but rinse well if you have fishes intolerant of salt. There is no detergent safe for cleaning aquariums. There is always the risk of residue that could kill your fish. Alternatively, rinsing gravel well with running tap water, mixing it periodically by hand until the water flows clear, will also work. A product like Stress Coat will condition water, remove chlorine, and eliminate any risk of chlorine from the washing affecting some more sensitive fishes. If you are tearing down the whole tank to clean it, the water you prepare for the fishes will be enough. There is no need to put de-chlorinator in the gravel, in any case.
If you are reffering to snails inside a fish tank, then the best thing to do is to not clean the tank. That is the snails job as they eat the alge produced by the fish. so if you just have snails and no fish, then i suggest you buy fish to suit your tank to help give the snails the food they require.
No, it is important NOT to clean the tank with soap! Soap residue will likely kill your fish-- even if you think you've rinsed it thoroughly, there is likely enough soap left on the tank to kill your fish. Clean your tank with hot water, then leave it in the sun to dry if you are concerned it might have contaminants from previous fish that lived (and possible died) in the tank. If the tank…
Step 1: first, get a cup/bowl and put 25% to 50% of the water from the tank into a bucket. Step 2: Gently deposit each of your fish into that bucket, temporarily. Step 3: Get a clean sponge, and wipe the glass inside of the tank. Do NOT use cleaners; they will kill your fish. Step 4: After that, put clean water in. Make SURE it is ready for FISH to live in it! Step…
By icky, I am guessing you mean algae? Well for one, this will be paradise for Algae Eaters but the other fish might feel a little dirty or sick. Clean your tank and while doing, use an algae scrubber and scrub down the sides of the tank where the algae is present. Hint: Scrub on the inside of the tank, where the water is.
They can't. You do not have to remove fish to clean a tank, as you should never be cleaning the entire tank; it will remove the good bacteria needed for the health of your fish. If your tank is over stocked and you are unable to upgrade to something bigger, many local fish stores may be willing to give you store credit for returning some fish.