- Aquarium Siphon
- Aquarium Sponge/Scrubber
- 5 Gallon Bucket (might be cheaper at the hardware store)
- API Tap Water Conditioner, 16-Ounce
Note that when I first put in the aquarium and added water, I filled aquarium (no fish) and then added the water conditioner for the full size of my aquarium. This gets things like chlorine out of the water so you can add fish immediately. Alternatively if you let water sit there for a few days, I believe the chlorine will evaporate out of the water or something to that effect- I’m not super familiar with this because I don’t like to leave buckets of water around for my kids to tip over. Bad idea if you have children, pets, or clumsy adults who might get water everywhere.
Once I’ve established my aquarium, I siphon about 15% or so every 2 weeks, then I replace that 15% water. I throw the dirty water out to water my garden, then I refill the 5 gallon bucket. I add the water conditioner for the 5 gallons into the bucket, then let sit for 30 minutes or so. Then I add the water into the aquarium. This saves me a lot more money on water conditioner so I’m only needing enough for 5 gallons at a time vs adding 30 gallons (my fish tank size) portion of water conditioner into the fish tank directly.