How to Clean a Dirty Aquarium

A fresh water fish tank requires about 30 minutes to an hour of work a week depending on the size of the tank.

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What you will need: 1) You will need a clean 5 gallon bucket that has never had chemicals or soap inside of it. 2) A hose or gravel cleaner 3) A bag of natural or synthetic sea salt

I have split the work into two parts the tank which needs to be cleaned ever week on the same day and the filters which can be cleaned every 2 or 3 weeks.

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The very first thing you have to do before you start cleaning your fish tank is to unplug your tanks heater if you have one. The heater can not be allowed to be removed from the water while it is hot so make sure to leave it unplugged at least 20 minutes before attempting to remove it. The water help cool the glass on the heater if removed it could crack, or the glass could totally shatter. You should also remember to never stick your hand inside of any fish tank before making sure the heater is not only off but unplugged from the wall. A small crack in the heater could be more then enough to cause a shock to you that can be fatal.

After the heater has ha time to cool you can safely remove the heater from the tank or it the heater is submersible you can just push it down to the bottom of the tank.

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Now take any decorations you may have placed in the tank, so all you have are the small gravel at the bottom, this will allow you to get any dirt that those decorations may have been covering up. Now if you do not have a gravel cleaner you are going to have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet. You will need to stir up the gravel to get the dirt that has settled between the gravel into the water, and start removing the water into the bucket with the hose. Do not throw out the water you will still need it to clean the filters.

If you have a gravel cleaner, push the plastic tube into the gravel until it hits the bottom of the tank, then start a siphon into the bucket, every second or 2 move the gravel cleaner over an inch or 2 and repeat this process until either you have removed 15 percent of the tanks water of you have cleaned all the gravel.

Now at this point you can clean the Aquariums filters. The insides of the filters are used to grow bacteria, that help break down the nitrites and nitrates that are in the water from fish waste and uneaten food. To make sure we don’t kill all these Aquarium friendly bacteria, we clean the filter materials and sponges in the dirty water that I also full of the bacteria. Take everything out of the filters and rinse them of in the bucket of dirty Aquarium water, then give the sponge a couple of squeezes in the bucket and reassemble the filters, and put them back on the tank.

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Now before adding the water sea salt must be added to the tank. All water has some amount of salt in it and to replicate the natural habitat of the fish there must be salt in your tank as well. Add approximately 1 cup of sea salt for every 50 gallons of water.

Now you can add water to the tank, but you must make sure the water is the within a degree or two of the temperature of the water in the tank. A drastic change in the tanks temperature suddenly can throw the fish into shock and kill them or weaken their immunity and help give them a fish disease. I recommend filling the bucket with hot water and checking it regularly till it is the same as the tanks temperature, then slowly add the water to the tank, start the filters and the heater.

Cleaning the filters only needs to be done once or twice a month, but the water in the tank must be cleaned on the same day every week.

THE SHORT GUIDE TO PAINTINT PLASTIC MINIATURES

gameIf you love playing a game that includes plastic miniatures, or you just love hobby dioramas, painting plastic miniatures is a great way to customize the figures how you choose.

 

To paint these, you will need paper plates, dishwashing liquid and water, paint brushes, acrylic paint, acrylic gesso, and flat clear acrylic.

 

  1. Wash your miniature(s) in the dishwashing liquid and water and let dry for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mix the acrylic gesso, water, and a small drop of black paint to make a primer. Mix well and brush it all over your miniature. Let dry 25 minutes.
  3. First paint coat of skin. Let dry. Then paint clothes area. Let dry. Finally, add the details and let dry. Paint extra coats where needed.
  4. Add two coats of flat clear acrylic to protect it. Let dry 30 minutes between coats.

Sewing patterns

buttonsWe all live hectic lives and often it can be difficult finding a nice hobby which is relaxing and of course doesn’t bust the budget. Your hobby you choose would be based on what you enjoy in your life and your interests.  Today we’re going to look at the hobby of sewing, whether you want to call it a hobby or craft is slightly debatable but it essentially involves attaching objects with either a needle or thread and then either fixing a current item or perhaps even creating some new stunning pieces of needle work for friends or family.

For centuries sewing was normally done by hand but now thankfully due to technology this process can now be significantly reduced through the use of sewing machines.  If you’re looking to create your own unique designs but you’re a little unsure of where to start then you need to check out these stunning sewing patterns.

 

Fidget Spinners Maintenance

Fidget Spinners have recently hit the news as the most popular toy in 2017. With various different materials, bearings, spin times, quality and other features that make up a Fidget Spinner, we as manufacturers of Fidget Spinners in Singapore would like to offer our knowledge and expertise in order to help you create a sustainable collection of fidget spinner toys that don’t simply spoil or devalue over time.

Spinners range from the cheapest type, plastic tri-spinners, and increase in cost due to various features such as design, uniqueness, material, up till you get the best fidget spinners that cost in excess of hundreds of dollars. They are the best gift for your child, as they help with various classroom problems and act as a source of ADHD Stress Relief, calming them down and ensuring they are able to focus.

So it is no wonder that the students value the quality of their spinner today. But what makes a good Spinner? Here at Spinnerway we have been selling fidget spinners in Singapore for over the last 3 months, and have excellent grasp of what you should look out for.

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Ball Bearings: Most fidget spinners on the market today, especially the tri-spinners, use either a 608 sized Ball Bearing or an R188 sized one. The difference in bearing size is significant and affects the spin time of the fidget spinner. It is widely accepted by the top manufacturers and knowledgeable sellers that R188 ball bearings are the better bearing size to use in spinners, as they are smaller and more stable, allowing for more weight in the form of material to be contributing to the torque and spin of a Fidget Spinner.

Material: Fidget spinners are made out of a range of materials, but the most premium fidget spinners tend to be made out of stainless steel, brass, or various heavy metals. Plastic and aluminium are also used but are cheaper and tend to have many quality issues. Nevertheless, they are a good starting point for somebody who is just entering this hobby, and after all the first fidget spinners were made out of 3d printed plastic!

Quality: Premium Fidget Spinners are identified by a lack of wobble, a longer shelf life, better design and heavier material. While there may be cheaper spinners out there on the market today, a good rule to follow is that the cheaper the spinner, the more likely it is that it is made out of low quality production and does not follow the established quality control practices that manufacturers such as ourselves have learnt to adopt. Creating a spinner requires precise machining and adept knowledge from the size of the inner diameter of the bearing and creating a functional system to hold the bearing in place amongst other detailed practices. Take for example our Zenith Spinner, which was our flagship product when we first started selling fidget spinners in Singapore – made from machined brass, featuring a 5 minute spin time, its secret as a premium fidget spinner lies in the fact that every part of the spinner is precisely held together with little room for error, and this allows the spinner to revolve for extremely long periods of time with little to zero wobble.

Authenticity: Lately, there has been much debate about the quality of spinners and how to tell a fake from a real spinner. In reality, the only major difference in authenticity is whether a spinner is branded, and which location it is made in. Popular spinners like the Spinetics are a mix of perfection in that they are branded well, marketed strongly and carry the highest quality control despite being manufactured in China. Today, the debate continues on regardless of who is able to produce better spinners, but we ourselves believe that it is hands-on quality control and checking that determines the spinner, and authenticity should not be a factor except for those who seek to collect them all!

We’re hopeful that with the above short guide, you will be better equipped to choose the best fidget spinner for your child to play with. And if you are interested you can find more about fidget spinners by reading our fidget spinners guide. Get the best gift for your child today, a toy that can help him focus, is cheap, and is the trendiest and latest toy in town!

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