What is Slime?
Slime from pet water fountains is more than an obnoxious annoyance. Generally, Pet water fountain slime is a “bacterial biofilm” that develops when certain microorganisms form an attachment to the surface of the object by secreting a slimy, glue-like substance. In an easy explanation, slime is produced as protection by bacteria from cleaning chemicals.
Where does it come from?
Biofilm can be found on almost any surface, including metals, ceramics, plastics, natural materials (like rocks), kitchen counters, hot tubs or in bathrooms, and on and on. Indeed, anywhere there is a surface, with the combination of moisture, nutrients, biofilms will probably be found. Bacteria in your pet water fountain feed on microscopic particles deposited in the water from saliva, as well as food particles dropped into the water by a drinking cat or dog.
Thus, a pet water fountain is likely to have slime on its surface.
How do I get rid of slime?
- Change water at least once a week
Pets are likely to drink after having food. Food particles can be easily deposited into the water due to their drinking habits. That's how bacteria get nutrients to form slime. Large objects can be seen with naked eyes, but what about those that can’t be seen?
Changing water is the most successful strategy because all the “things” will be cleared out. You may change the water once a day. It may seem overkill, but the work is worth it. Frequent changing may allow you less cleaning (but still needed).
- Keep it away from the sunlight
One of the key factors that contribute to slime growth in the sunlight.
You should place the water fountain somewhere away from sunlight or skylight. It may be challenging to find a perfect spot, as the pump needs to be plugged in. If you cannot pick up the best position, then try to avoid direct lights. However, a dark place where the sunlight can’t reach is the priority.
- Change the filter every 2-4 weeks
Most pet water fountains are equipped with filters. These filters are to purify the water quality by removing detritus from getting into the water. Without any doubt, filters play a big role in water quality.
While a filter with hair debris or dust particles, the filter may fail to filter. Or worse, the filter itself becomes the bed of bacteria. Most sellers recommend the filter to be replaced every 2-4 weeks, the frequency depends. A big pet family or a house quickly gathers dust may consider a more frequent replacement.
- Clean it once a week
Clean your pet water fountain frequently is essential. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it deserves to be mentioned. Pet water fountain slime mostly be found on the surface of the water tank, especially the corners where may get ignored. Thorough cleaning is one of the best ways to controlling the pet water fountain slime.
For thorough cleaning, every part that water flows through needs to be rinsed one by one. Other parts outside the tank need a regular wrap to reduce the chance of dust getting into the water.
From what's mentioned above, we can know the success in getting rid of pet water fountain slime will depend on:
(1) how easy is it to clean the areas where slime develops
A smooth surface without curves is easy to clean, and that guarantees the slow growth of slime
(2) how easy is it to take apart the pump
Your pet fountain and its pump should be easy to take apart for cleaning; a small number of parts provide you an easy assemble.
(3) how large is the crevices
With a simple design and no crevices, pet water fountains can avoid much dust to gather on the case or small crevices, less chance for bacteria growth.
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Easy-to-clean, smooth like butter.
A small number of parts
Smooth & flat case & tank
Every part of the Aqua pet water fountain can be visually seen;
no sharp corners or crevices for slime to grow
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