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Fish Tank Accessories You Need to Have

by Sarene Maev Butao May 07, 2019

Who doesn’t love having a fish tank in their home? Watching fishes swimming around is like a stress reliever of some sorts especially if you’re having a bad day. If you’re one of those people who want to start their fish petting journey, then you have come to the right place.

Getting the right fish tank essentials is the first step in taking this direction. Because proper fish tank management and maintenance is the key to make your fishes live longer and happier. So with that said, here are the best must-have fish tank accessories you need.

  • Freshwater Master Kit
This is the first most important thing that you need to purchase. A freshwater master kit is a thing you need to measure an aquarium’s water quickly and accurately. With this kit, you can measure your aquarium’s four different water levels including pH and high range pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.
Measuring your fish tank’s water levels is crucial so that you can easily diagnose problems in the future. Also, it will give you an idea on how your fish tank is doing as you’re maintaining it regularly. 
  • Battery Operated Air Pump
The next thing you should get is a battery operated air pump. This is important to keep your fish tank’s water moving and to keep your fish well oxygenated as well.
And also, in case of a power outage, a battery operated air pump also come in handy. If portability is your concern, it’s also helpful when you buy fish from a place far from home too. So if ever you traveled at the other side of the country to get that rare fish you’ve wanted for, you can use a battery operated air pump on the container you’re using to store the fish to keep the water moving. This helps your fish survive from a long distance trip. 
It is also crucial to buy a fishnet too. Remember, the most important rule in handling fish is not to use your hands. And this is where fishnets come into play.
If ever you have a dead fish lying around in the tank, you can use a fish net to catch them easily with ease and separate them from your healthy fishes. Not only that, but a fishnet is also useful on removing dirt as well.
  • Hospital/Extra Tank
Viruses and diseases are inevitable, and the next thing you’ll find is your fishes having them. So with that said, having a separate fish tank for quarantine fishes that can act as a hospital is another must-have.
Fishes that are quarantine should be separated from healthy fishes as soon as possible to prevent the disease from spreading over time. Let your quarantine fishes reside on a hospital aquarium for the time being. And once they’re cured, you can bring them back to your main fish tank again. 
  • Aquarium Tong
This tool helps you organize things such as fish caves, corals, and other decorative items for your fish tank. It helps you easily grab and rearrange things inside your fish tank without using your hands.
There are lots of aquarium tongs available around in the market. You should opt for one that is long enough to catch things inside the tank without the need of dipping your hands into the water.
  • Corals/Fish Caves/Decorative Items
And speaking of such, it is important to put decorative items in your fish tank too. Not only it gives fishes a place to hide or sleep; it will also give life to your tank as well.
Fishes like to have a place where they can peacefully rest and that’s where a fish cave come in useful. Corals or seaweeds also let fishes have a place to hide in case there are predators around. Overall, having these items give color to your fish tank as well as giving fishes something to play around.
  • Syphon Hose
With the help of a syphon hose, you can easily remove waste and gravel from the bottom of your fish tank with ease. It can also be used as a tool to remove dead fishes too if you’re not keen on using fish nets. A syphon hose is incredibly cheap, so there’s no reason that you can’t get one.
  • Water Conditioner
Tap water contains chlorine (or bleach if you want to call it like that) to kill bacteria making it safe for us to drink. However, it’s a different story for fishes because water with chlorine is unsafe for them.
But with a water conditioner, it instantly removes chlorine, neutralizes chloramines, and detoxifies heavy metals making tap water safe for fishes. A water conditioner is versatile and can be used for both fresh or saltwater. So before getting too excited on putting fish into your tank, treat the tank’s water with a water conditioner to avoid unexpected aquarium problems in the long run.
  • Refractometer
A refractometer is an important tool that most fish owners tend to overlook. Having a refractometer lets you measure the salinity and specific gravity of aquarium water. This tool is available at almost any fish store in your area and comes at a reasonable price tag that won’t hurt your wallet.
  • Magnetic Fish Tank Cleaner

A magnetic fish tank cleaner helps you clean algae and dirt that sticks into the aquarium walls. Various magnetic cleaners are available in the market and each one comes at different prices depending on their features. This is definitely a must-have, so you won’t have to use sponge or brushes that require dipping your hands in the water that may scare your fishes away.

Final Thoughts

And that’s all of it! With the right equipment and accessories, managing your fish tank isn’t difficult as you thought it would be. Although some of these accessories listed above come at different prices, some are costly and some are not, you can never go wrong with spending a few bucks for the sake of your fishes.

Sarene Maev Butao
Sarene Maev Butao

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