Fish in tank
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Clean The Algae Off A Fish Tank

Keep your tank clean for healthy happy fish

This needs to be done 2 – 3 times every week.

You will need:

  • magnetic algae pad or a simple algae pad on a handle

Turn all the electrics to the tank off and remove the lid.



Take the magnetic pad and place one side on the outside of the tank and the other inside. Gently move the pad over the whole surface of the glass; it may not reach the corners so a pad on a handle may be necessary to clean the whole glass thoroughly. If you are using the pad on a handle gently clean the entire surface of the tank. Don’t use household scourers as they are too abrasive and will scratch the glass.

There are scourers for glass and acrylic tanks so make sure you have the right one for your tank otherwise you will end up scratching the surface.

Replace the lid and turn on the electrics.