March 3rd, 2008


Cleaning Fish Tank

We've had a fish tank for about 6 months. In that time, I'd tried to replace the charcoal insert for our existing filter several times. Each time, it seemed like the tank got slightly better for a while, but the overall visibility was low, water was very green, and the sides of the tank were getting scummy.

A couple weeks ago we bought a brand new filter,, with a very different filtration system. This weekend, I noticed that one of the fish was looking pretty ill: top fin was somewhat cut up looking, and he was moving very slowly. I took this as the motivator to get the new filter installed.

... Wow.

I had realized that things were bad, but not *how* bad: essentially, this was like moving from a swamp to a clear brook. The fish seem more active, and in general, the tank just *looks* healthier.

So hooray! Now I just need to make time to go get more fishies.