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What’s In Your Bucket: Seven Cleaning Must-Haves

Happy Monday!  This week, as we are battling the COLDEST days of the year here in Minnesota, we are starting our Seven Day Series on Cleaning Out Your Aquarium Maintenance Bucket  focusing on the Seven Maintenance Must-Haves .

Here’s a Sneak Peek of the Week:

Day One: Siphon

Day Two: Algae Scraper: Hand Held or Magnet

Day Three: Small Scrub Brush

Day Four: Refractometer or Hydrometer

Day Five: Turkey Baster

Day Six: Towels

Day Seven: Surface Cleaner



First things first, we all need a SIPHON…water changes are essential to the health of any and EVERY aquarium.  Take a moment and look at your current siphon, is it time for a new one?  It seems simple but not all siphons are created equal…there are so many to choose from.  Here is what we suggest you consider when picking out the best siphon for your system.

  •  Siphon Top: Choose a top that is the correct length for your aquarium.  Siphon tops generally range from 12-48″ so pick one that you can use to easily access your sand bed and all the nooks of your system without knocking over corals and/or decorations.  Ultimately, pick a length you are comfortable working with within your system.
  • Siphon Hose: Choose a hose that is flexible but does not kink easily.  The length of the hose is most important.  Do not choose a hose that is too long or too short to perform water changes.  If you are having to hold the hose in your bucket with your foot and balance like a circus star, you need a longer siphon hose.

So, when picking your siphon for your maintenance bucket, just remember….size matters….bigger isn’t always better and longer isn’t always necessary!





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