- Clean two cup container
- Water bucket
- Water treatment product
- Small fish net
- Hand towel
- Paper towels
- Small brush
Prepare the Water
- Treat water to remove harmful substances
- Age water to equalize temperature and pH
All of those issues can be addressed by treating your water and aging it overnight. The process is a simple one; fill a clean bucket with water, add a water treatment product, then let it sit until the next day before using it. If you have a pet such a dog, or small children in the household, put the bucket in a closet to ensure it's not disturbed.
Remove the Fish
- Use clean container that is soap-fee
- Use aged water for temporary container
- Cover container to prevent fish from jumping out
- Reduce lighting where fish is kept
Net the fish and place it in the clean container. Fish that normally don't jump will behave differently under stress, so don't assume your fish won't make a break for it. Reducing the light will also help reduce stress to the fish. A hand towel placed over the container reduces the light and keeps the fish from jumping out.
Clean the Bowl
- Use plain water only
- Use NO soap or cleansers
- Use paper towels to clean surfaces
- Use small brush to clean decorations
- Rinse thoroughly before refilling bowl
While the bowl is still damp, use paper towels to scrub the inside surfaces of the bowl. Do not use soap or other detergents. If there are stubborn stains on the bowl, use a small clean brush to scrub the stains. A new toothbrush works well for this. The same brush can be used to scrub the decorations. Rinse the bowl and decorations several times with warm water.
- Place gravel in bowl first
- Arrange decorations in bowl
- Refill the bowl with aged water
- Net fish and return to bowl
Additional Cleaning Tips
- Clean bowl weekly
- Feed fish sparingly
- Keep aged water in jugs
- Use vinegar for lime buildup
- Use 10% bleach for algae buildup
Another useful tip is to get a couple of distilled water jugs and keep them filled with treated water. That way you always have aged water on hand. You'll find it particularly helpful if you need to make an emergency water change.
If your fish bowl still has lime marks after cleaning, use vinegar the next time you clean it. Lay the bowl on it's side and place enough vinegar in the bowl to cover the stained area. Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then scrub with a clean brush. That will usually remove lime buildup.
For stubborn algae stains on the fish bowl or decorations, use a 10% bleach solution. Make the solution by combining 9 parts water with 1 part of bleach. Soak the bowl and decorations in the bleach solution for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse several times with cool water and allow to air dry.