Best way to deep clean a tank

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I have a 55 gal. And a 20. I need to do a good deep cleaning of the tank. Vacuuming gravel and all that. Is it best I remove all my decor? Should I also remove the fish so they don't stress?I normally just do a water change but when I add water now crud flies from the gravel.

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Welcome to fishlore!
There's no need to remove any decor or fish. Actually removing fish for every water Change can be a hassle and really stress out the fish. Just move around the decor in the tank and syphon it up. I vacuum my tank every week or 2. It stays pretty clean.


 

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I would not remove the fish - this will stress them more than the WC IMO.

Some crud in the gravel isn't going to hurt anything.

If you do want to do a thorough clean, I would speed clean the entire tank as you usually do and then focus on one area each WC for a more deep clean. You can remove or move the decor from that area and then replace it.

It would take you several WC's to cover the whole tank over a month or so.

Unless there is a serious problem in the tank, I would not do a massive WC.

Just my thoughts - if it ain't broke don't fix it.
 
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Oh okay. Also would removing and redecorating the tank stress them out? Adding new fixtures or removing some? I only have like 7 little guys in my tank

 

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All of the above posters have excellent advice, I will add for future reference, try to keep up the gravel vac's every other week or so, while doing water changes.
 

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It would stress them out if you do it constantly. There's no need to remove decor or fixtures, just a simple water change doesn't stress them at all. What fish do you have in the tank by the way?


 

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Any time I change the decor in my 55 gallon, I only do one area at a time and I move slowly. I change smaller decorations all the time. My fish tend to stay close to my hands when I am cleaning or rearranging as they think food will be flying about - that's why I suggest you go slowly.

I have never changed the entire tank or the basic layout, so I don't know how that would affect the fish.
 
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I have 4 tiger bards, I surprise dalmatian platy (I had no idea. I have had it since it was a fry), a spotted catfish, a peacock eel and a red-tailed shark. The tank is only about 3 months old but I have not vacuumed the gravel. This is why I ask I thank you all kindly for all of your responses! My fishies love my hand in the water too xD

 

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You should vacuum your gravel each time you do a WC. Now I understand why you have crud flying around.

WC's do three things for you - vacuum/clean the gravel, remove nitrates from a cycled tank and the fresh water in adds essential trace elements.

You've been missing the first one. If you don't have a siphon vacuum you will want to pick one up.
 
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It's all nice and tidy thank you all for your help

If i may, I have 4 tiger barbs. I have 2 in my other tank... can I introduce the 2 into the bigger tank? Also, would a couple Discus be okay in there even with the red tail shark? My barbs are on the gentle side. They adopted my stray platy.. but I mainly did a large tank for a few discus.
 

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Nice tank inknglitter!

 
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Thanks I have had it since about April

 

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inknglitter said:
It's all nice and tidy thank you all for your help

If i may, I have 4 tiger barbs. I have 2 in my other tank... can I introduce the 2 into the bigger tank? Also, would a couple Discus be okay in there even with the red tail shark? My barbs are on the gentle side. They adopted my stray platy.. but I mainly did a large tank for a few discus.
Discus require warmer water, and are ultra sensitive to water quality. Some people will do 50% or more daily water changes to keep discus healthy.
 
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