Today I want to be giving you guys the 7 tips for keeping an aquarium stable. I wish I knew when I first started keeping fish that I have learned over the past 7 years of doing this.
There’re a lot of little things and little tricks here and there that you can do to make this hobby super easy. As you can see, they all run off of really cheap eBay lights. They all have sponge filters in them and most of the time they are really well balanced. I do a lot of breeding projects and I’m just get a disclaim this aquarium down here.
How To Keep An Aquarium Stable
Tip number one is going to be to keep a deep substrate now. This is something that I’ve heard a lot of people talking about lately, and it is definitely true. So this kind of goes and ties into the whole wall step method and that’s another kind of fish, giving method that, through the flower one and people like that like to use. Basically, what this principle is the substrate in your aquarium. It comprises a huge portion of all the beneficial bacteria that are in the aquarium, so when you think about it all these beneficial bacteria, they stick to surface area in the aquarium and as a gravel, substrate or a sand. Substrate has a huge amount of surface area on it, so there’s tons of these beneficial bacteria sitting there running the nitrate cycle in the aquarium and making everything work.
So behind me, I’ve got their bottom tanks and I’ve also got planted tanks with deep substrates. Now the aquariums, with the deep substrates usually are a lot easier take care of, and this is because there’s tons of those beneficial bacteria sitting in that substrate. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is it’s not very straightforward and I’m gonna have to go in-depth on this topic in another video. But a deep substrate is super beneficial, as it holds a huge amount of these beneficial bacteria in your aquarium. That are helping keep it stable and get rid of all the ammonia and nitrates and like on stuff that forms from your fish waste and all that kind of nasty stuff. So, my first tip is going to be to keep a deep substrate now.
My second tip is going to be to keep live plants in the aquarium. Now, there are a few reasons. Oh there’s actually like a ton of reasons why I always say this, and the reasons are that live plants are literally nature’s filter, so in the wild in all the tributaries and streams and rivers and light kind of stuff where we actually find all these fish they’re Leaking home aquariums there’s not any nitrates or ammonia in the water, and the reasons for this is because there’s a perfect balance and what’s keeping the balance is usually live plants. So live plants use a lot of the stuff that is produced by the fish as waste.
To grow and turn themselves into big huge plants, and basically, these will help you to keep a really stable aquarium because they’re going to be constantly taking out everything, that’s really harmful to the fish and causes imbalances. So, your nitrates in ammonia and all that kind of stuff, so keeping live plants is just like a natural filter. It leeches out all the nasty stuff and it helps just keep it balanced, because, basically, what we’re trying to do in the aquarium is just mimic nature and one of the best ways to do it is to add live plants. So in all of my poems, they keep live plants, even the bare bottom ones, and it just helps to take all those little nasty, ammonia’s and nitrates in the aquarium out. So, it keeps the aquarium stable.
Tip number three is going to be to under-stop your aquarium. So there’s a lot of people and myself included. I’ve got a lot of overstock tanks at the moment because I’ve got way too many fish that Brett, if you Amy, to keep a stable aquarium, which everyone here should, unless they’re doing a lot of breeding projects and there’s kind of no excuse to not have a Stable aquarium, but obviously there are some people are just trying to get that beautiful display having a stable aquarium is going to be the most important part.
So one of the biggest problems I see people struggling with when they have an aquarium, that’s constantly fluctuating with ammonia and not being stable. You got fish dying and all that kind of stuff these people are over stocking. Their aquariums is way too many fish and you’ve got an imbalance from day one, so I always recommend to under stock an aquarium. Now the aquarium behind me is kind of perfectly stocked.
This has got like six angelfish like couple of danios and some really nice play cards now. I could fit a few more things in there, but I just decided not to the reasons why is because I like how consistent and easy this tank is to take care of and adding other stuff will cause an imbalance. So, for instance, the aquarium down here. This is my rainbow fish aquarium and it used to look really good in videos. A couple of weeks ago, but recently I had a big batch of rainbow fish that I had nowhere to put, because I didn’t want to sell them, because I wanted to keep my colony and put them in here. We had a ton of new rainbowfish in here, causing a lot of waste and we’ve had an imbalance.
We’ve had an algae bloom, so it just goes to show you exactly what I’m trying to say so definitely under stop your aquariums and I’d start with this really small amount of stock in a new aquarium and then slowly build it up over time. Just so you don’t have a huge ammonia spike. The second you add, like a ton of fish to a new aquarium.
Tip number four is gonna be something that I think that a lot of people should be trying to do, especially for keeping consistency, and this is to not chase pH. So a lot of people don’t understand what pH is and just really quickly pH. It’s just the amount of acid in the water and basically there’s a lot of fish that come from the Amazon where they have a very low pH, and we’ve got African cichlids that come from Africa that have very, very high PHS and basically all this kind of stuff is very, very confusing, especially at the start, and what I’m going to try and tell you guys is to not chase a pH.
You can really have a lot of problems and imbalances in an aquarium when you’re constantly adding chemicals and trying to lower pH now pH crashes and the like kind of stuff. My piece of advice is to, first of all, not chase pH, and my second piece of advice is to try and just keep fish that have been either bred in your area or are suitable to the water in your area. So, if you’ve got soft water, don’t try and keep African cichlids. We’ve got really hard water, don’t try and keep most get dwarf, cichlids and all that kind of stuff or your Amazonian fish, because you’re just gonna run into problems and I’m not trying to discourage people like most of the time.
People don’t have to worry about this at all, because we’ve, normally all got neutral, pH, is and all of the aquarium fish that we keep are usually okay. But I’m just saying that if you’re a person with an extreme kind of water so like a pH of over eight or something like that, this is getting really confusing, but just don’t be trying to like bring that down just keep African cichlids or whatever. So that’s my fourth piece of advice.
Tip number five is gonna be to not over clean your aquarium. So, it’s completely natural to like want to clean something when we see a dirty, certainly see that ton of like algae on a rock or something like that. We want to clean it and get in there. I can understand it, but over cleaning is one of the things that can lead to a lot of imbalances and, in general, a lot of tanks being unstable. And what I’m trying to say is yes, clean, the top of like your substrate, so get all the detritus out and over cleaning is going to lead to a lot of issues.
So I really cringe all the time when I see people getting big siphon in there and vacuuming out all that gravel, because they’re just messing up those huge cultures and masses of these beneficial bacteria that are keeping the aquarium stable. So normally you kind of want to set an aquarium up. You just want to kind of like almost forget about it. Just do your regular, feedings and stuff like that. Don’t go in there and mess anything up because you’re just gonna cause problems don’t over clean. It doesn’t get in there with the filter and just mess it up. I’m just trying to say let mother nature do her thing. Let it all kind of work in a balance and find this way to become a balance. You will have the most stable tank of all time.
Tip number six is going to be to keep the aquarium out of direct sunlight. So a lot of people don’t know this, but some I can have a huge effect on how an aquarium is kept. Like balance wise, because sunlight obviously will mess with the lighting schedule that you have on your aquarium and, of course, algae blooms and light kind of stuff.
So a really quick tip is just to make sure that your aquarium is not like sitting in a window or something get like a couple hours of sunlight that you don’t realize, while you’re at work or something like that. Just be careful. Try not to keep aquariums in direct sunlight because then otherwise, it’s gonna manipulate your aquarium in a different way than what you’re trying to do all my aquariums are in a sunroom, but the ambient light doesn’t have a huge effect on the aquariums. But if these aquariums were sitting in direct sunlight, we’d have huge amounts of algae, buildup and a lot kind of stuff. So just a really quick tip, but don’t keep your Chrome’s indirect sunlight.
Tip number seven. My final tip might seem a little bit Cliché – and this is going to be to keep it consistent. So what I mean by keeping it consistent, is don’t be trying to like constantly shift fish around and just don’t be going in there and moving plants around all the time and moving like different decorations and don’t be changing out filters and cleaning and filters every week. And you just want to keep it very, very consistent. You don’t want to be adding tons of chemicals to the water and you don’t be trying to lower the pH just literally you kind of want to just set it and forget it, and then let mother nature do a thing. I’m gonna keep saying that over and over because in my experience that’s been the most valuable thing is just to let the aquarium do the work.
Let all the plants find the way to balance it out. Then let it just find its way, because what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to culture. A bunch of bacteria that are gonna deal with all the problems that the fish cause by producing waste and the same goes for the plants they’re gonna try and combat that same problem, so keep it consistent, don’t be going in there messing stuff up. I really cringe all the time miles, one of those people with the blue, gravel aquarium and your first aquarium that wants to move everything around you want everything to happen, really quickly be patient and keep it all. Consistent and you’ll have so much success with all of your aquariums.