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How to Clean a Goldfish Bowl in Five Minutes

You love your goldfish, but don't like to spend a lot of time cleaning out the bowl. I developed a way over the years that allows you to clean out the bowl without disturbing your pet in five minutes or less.

With a few supplies and a little preparation, you will have more time for other things, like shopping for more fish!

Step 1: The day before you clean your goldfish bowl, fill up a small container with clean (i use filtered) water that equates to 1/3 of the tank's capacity. Let this water sit overnight right next to the goldfish bowl, allowing the temperature of both containers to be the same.

Step 2: Using a small suction hose (readily available in pet stores everywhere), remove 1/3 of the water from the goldfish bowl (no need to remove the fish during this process) and collect dirty water into a brand new container. Make sure to agitate the gravel at the bottom of the bowl to loosen and collect the debris.

Step 3: Slowly pour the water you prepared the day before into the goldfish bowl, taking care not to anger (or injure) your fish with a blast of water.

P.S. The waste water collected is GREAT for plants and trees so don't just poor this liquid fertilizer down the drain!



Kris Weber from Saint Cloud, Minnesota on May 29, 2014:

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hey I screwed up that link haha Can you fix it. Here is the link

Kris Weber from Saint Cloud, Minnesota on May 27, 2014:

My mistake that I was making was actually picking up my goldfish bowl and pouring that 1/3 of water into the sink. This was stirring up the water and making it super dirty. Thanks for the hint on using a siphon hose. I also found this guide helpful What I don't get is how to use a siphon hose that the gravel doesn't "stick" into while pulling the water out...?

j on March 31, 2012:

you should just open the bag and pour him in your aquarium

n.l on September 20, 2011:

my fish is in his bag umm don't want to hurt him so do i just tip the bag right over

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