Cleaning the gravel in my new tank.

Shwiggy44

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I have another question. I set up my tank just over a couple weeks ago and slowly added fish in to my tank. My ammonia levels are high and so I’m doing a 50% water change and using prime to condition my water. I don’t think my tank is fully cycled and I don’t want to mess up the cycle process. I did a fish in cycle and added fish slowly. I want to know when is a good time to do my first gravel cleaning. I know that beneficial bacteria build up in the gravel and I don’t want to take away bacteria to soon because. I know I need that to have a cycled tank and it it helps with ammonia and Nitrite but I also think that the waist and left over food is causing my ammonia to be high. So when is a good time to do amy first gravel cleaning with out messing up the cycle? Thanks for all of your help!
 

kallililly1973

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Keep up on the routine your doing. Don't touch the gravel ( or filter ) till IMO 3-4 weeks After your tank is cycled. The BB grows mainly in the filter but it also grows on all the other surfaces so let your tank get " established " then continue with your WC routine and vacuum some gravel every WC. Don't do the entire bottom at once.
 
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Shwiggy44

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kallililly1973 said:
Keep up on the routine your doing. Don't touch the gravel ( or filter ) till IMO 3-4 weeks After your tank is cycled. The BB grows mainly in the filter but it also grows on all the other surfaces so let your tank get " established " then continue with your WC routine and vacuum some gravel every WC. Don't do the entire bottom at once.
I noticed that there is a slimy residue that’s on my filter pump hose that is causing flakes in my aquarium. If I clean the filter pump hose to remove that slim will I be getting rid of beneficial bacteria or, is that slim waist that needs to be removed from the pump hose.
 

kallililly1973

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If it's white and flaky it's most likely just a Calcium buildup from your water. You can try to put a net where it is and wipe it off with a paper towel or if you have a piece of prefilter sponge. Just wipe it into the water and let the net catch it.
 
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Shwiggy44

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kallililly1973 said:
If it's white and flaky it's most likely just a Calcium buildup from your water. You can try to put a net where it is and wipe it off with a paper towel or if you have a piece of prefilter sponge. Just wipe it into the water and let the net catch it.
I cleaned the hose and removed the build up of the slim on and in the hose. It was a brownish clear slim that was on the outside and inside of the filter pump hose. I looked and felt around and it only seemed to be on the hose. I am wondering if that is also waist that needed to be cleaned.
 
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Shwiggy44

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kallililly1973 said:
If it's white and flaky it's most likely just a Calcium buildup from your water. You can try to put a net where it is and wipe it off with a paper towel or if you have a piece of prefilter sponge. Just wipe it into the water and let the net catch it.
It’s slim and when I would be able to take the flakes out with my long tweezers the flakes were slimy too.
 

kallililly1973

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With being a newer tank i wouldsay the brown slime is Diatoms which usually always show up in new tanks and eventually go away on their own. As for the white i still think it was just calcium buildup and some of the diatoms probably made it a bit slimy-er.
 

NightShift

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I rarely vacuum the gravel in my tanks, and when I do, I just go over it lightly to remove anything visible. My shrimp and snails usually take care of every thing else.
 
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