I did just about a while tank water change twice now with my rock vac but the water is still cloudy. I don't have the money for all the good bacteria supplements and other things. Is there anything else I can do?
Removing the gravel will stir up everything into the water and negate what you were trying to do. Gravel vacs are going to work much better than taking the gravel out.Id get out about 50 percent of the water in a bucket, then scoop out as much gravel as you can into the bucket and rinse it with your hands and gently add it back to the tank
Make sure to get as much of tbe food and debris out while the gravel is out... Id use a net.
Once the gravel is clean do frequent water changes till the water is clear
Also once the water is clear do a 30 to 50 percent water change every day to prevent an ammonia spike.
Removing the gravel will stir up everything into the water and negate what you were trying to do. Gravel vacs are going to work much better than taking the gravel out.
I don't know what all of that means. But yes there is still gunk in the gravel. How do I test for all of things. We bought the tank a few months ago for my daughter the pet store said we were all set when we asked what all we needed other thanthe starter kit.
I am researching now because I don't undestand all of those terms and how I would go about doing it. Pet store didnt rell me I would need to.