55 Gallon Aquariums, just like any other kind of aquarium, needs to be properly maintained in order that the perfect environment can be created for its inhabitants. One thing that you need to be doing regularly, as part of your maintenance regime when owning a 55 Gallon Aquarium, is to change some (not all) of the water. Doing this, removes waste and debris which can accumulate in the tank, and helps to replenish certain nutrients from the water that have been lost over time.
When, you change the water in a 55 gallon aquarium, will depend on a number of different factors. The first of these being whether it is a cold water, reef or tropical aquarium, and the second being, what kind of water you are using to replenish the tank with.
It is important to remember that even the most elaborate and expensive filtration systems you can get for a 55 Gallon Aquarium are not going to be able to clean every piece of waste, or every bit of nitrate from the water. These systems also don’t have the capability of being able to replace those nutrients and minerals, which over time can be lost.
55 Gallon Aquarium – When Should The Water Be Changed?
It is best if you own a 55 gallon aquarium to change around 25% of the water in it every week or so, if you want to make sure that nitrate levels within it remain low. For those who are going to be replacing water in the tank with that directly from the tap, tests need to be carried out first to check its pH levels and how hard it is. There are kits you can purchase to carry out these tests at home from your local aquarium supply store, or online, and then you will need to also have the right chemicals to bring the water to its right chemical composition before adding to the tank.
Another thing to check when using tap water to replenish that which has been removed from your aquarium, is the nitrate levels in it. It is best if you don’t use tap water where the levels of nitrate exceed 40 parts per million in the water. If they do, then you need to use another water source, or pass the water you intend to use through a water purifier.
What Equipment Do You Need To Change Water In A 55 Gallon Aquarium
The main pieces of equipment needed when it comes to changing water in a 55 gallon aquarium, is two buckets and a siphoning kit. These items are readily available from your local aquarium supply store, or for one of the many aquarium supply online stores. It is important that when you have these items they be used solely for the purpose of changing the water in your aquarium, and not for other tasks around the home such as washing your car.
Storage of water that is going to replace that which is removed from a 55 gallon aquarium, should be kept in containers made from a food grade plastic. If not, the chances of chemicals that are harmful to the marine life in your tank leaching into the water, is increased.
Any water that you are storing, should be kept in a dark location to prevent algae growth. If you can, place some form of aeration system (air stone) into the container so that oxygen levels remain high, and this will ensure that the water remains fresh. Plus, air stones are actually helpful at keeping the levels of pH within the water balanced. If you don’t aerate the water in the containers regularly, then you will find over time it turns acidic, and when added to your 55 gallon aquarium can prove very detrimental to the health of the fish and marine life within.