Best way to deep clean a tank

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by TaDah, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. TaDahValued MemberMember

    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.

    Thank you ahead of time for your advice and help :)

  2. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    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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  3. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    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.

  4. TaDahValued MemberMember

    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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  5. Et tuValued MemberMember

    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.
  6. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    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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  7. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    Any time I change the decor in my 55gal, 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.
  8. TaDahValued MemberMember

    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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  9. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  10. TaDahValued MemberMember

    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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  11. ShortfuuzzeValued MemberMember

    Nice tank inknglitter!

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  12. TaDahValued MemberMember

    Thanks :) I have had it since about April :)

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  13. Et tuValued MemberMember

    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.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2015

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