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Okay so my Betta Leonidas the II seems to be loving his 10 gallon tank. Its been nearly a month since I got it but unfortunately their has been a brown algae outbreak which i know has been caused by uneaten food. I'm still waiting from ebay on a battery vac for the gravel. I have been keeping up with 10% water changes weekly but the tank has gone so unsightly I just have to clean it. I just want to now how other forum members clean their tanks? I have a spare 2.8 gallon tank which I was gonna use for Quarantine but should I put the betta into that tank with the old tank water or would a lidded bucket do for the short time of cleaning? What would be a good way to not make my Betta go into shock when introducing him into the new water? Those he need to acclimated again? In the quarantine tank I have brine baby shrimp hatching so he can have a bit of a treat while he is there Thanks in advance.
 

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i would take the decor out that has the algae and clean that(and of course wipe/scrape the glass) also maybe you should up your water change from a weekly %10.. to possible twice a week %10, or %15-%20 weekly.

In the quarantine tank I have brine baby shrimp hatching so he can have a bit of a treat while he is there
don't they need SW to hatch? bettas are FW fish so SW would be really bad for him
 

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If you have a spare bag laying around, you could do the floating bag method. I would do it if the water temp was off quite a bit. You could put him in just about anything that he wont jump out of for the short cleaning period, as long as it gets a fresh oxygen supply. As far as cleaning, elbow grease,...and maybe a brillo pad if your tank is glass. For any gravel , I use a really fine spaghetti strainer and the hose pipe out back, then rinse the grave with some dechlorinated water before using it, but that was before I invested in a gravel vac. ;D

Not sure about the SW thing.
 
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Thanks for the suggestion guys and your right bout the baby shrimp they were in a salt solution so that's a no go anyways. I have an old lunch box that I use for water changes and I could put a lid on it. I think then I will gradually put new water in with the old water. Think I will up the 15% water change and I have a clown pleco in with him but he doesn't seem to be eating much algae. Only got driftwood in recently though so hopefully that changes.
 
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Some Pleco diet is made up of wood and not to much plant.. may want to check it out ..just a thought
Ya just got the wood into the tank yesterday I received it from the mail. I had planned on getting ghost shrimp to clean but unfortunately the pet store had none so I asked for a bottom feeder who would clean and they recommended a clown pleco. First and last time I blindly buy something without researching first. Live and learn I suppose..
 
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