If you are considering buying a new 20 gallon fish tank, then before you proceed you should know the requirements and need to maintain the water level and quality inside the tank. Additionally, there is a need to install a water quality management system inside the tank to efficiently manage the purity of water and monitor the levels accordingly.
This is not a big problem as there are many maintenance systems in market to install in the water tanks. But installing the maintenance does not mean that your work is over. There is still something needed to be done by you which purchased systems cannot do. There is a need to regularly change the water in the fish tank and to install a good system of water filtration that will make you work easy regarding maintaining water quality and cleaning it.
Change water for your 20 gallon aquarium
Before explaining the reason that why the water of the fish tank should be replaced regularly, let’s have a further look at other important tasks that you should carry out in order to better take care of the tank and the fish life you are going to keep inside it. It is always advisable not to change all of the water at a time. It is best to only change one third of the water in a session. In this way, the marine life and fish inside the tank will not have to face undue pressure that may cause an end to their life. The fish and marine life will adjust to the changing water quality easily and more comfortably if only one third water is changed as they have to face less change in the environment.
One other thing that must be kept in mind while changing the water is that the new water must contain the same amount and composition of chemicals as the old water in the tank. In this way, the correct survivable environment, the marine life and fish of the tank are used to will be maintained. The main focus of the cleaning process should be on removing toxic and harmful elements from the water which are not suitable for fish. The life of fish will increase by removing inorganic and toxic materials from the water on a regular basis.
20 gallon fish tank filtration system
To build a good filtration system in a 20 gallon fish tank, the system should contain the following essential elements:
A sponge filter: these filters are actually the main biological component of a water filtration system. They effectively eliminate ammonia and nitrates which are the two most harmful chemical compounds for marine life.
Chemical components: the chemical components like carob and zeolite need to be added to the system to help it remove toxic materials. These chemicals should be maintained at a certain level.
Mechanical components: Canister filters or others similar to them should be used in any filtering system in a fish tank. These filters are effective in removing harmful ingredients from the water that affect the longevity of fish. The filters should be replaced after their expiry.