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How often do you clean your tank?

  1. J

    Jon Well Known Member Member

    How often do you change out water / scrape for algae / vacuum your gravel? I wont attach a poll because it seems that since this is a combo of questions it would be easier just to type a response.
  2. E

    EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    I do water changes twice a week(one of those times being a gravel vac, and havent had any algae to scrape ;) Pleco gets to it before I can lol
  3. OP

    Jon Well Known Member Member

    i vacuum the gravel and change 15% water subsequently bidaily... i know i should cutback but for some reason i find it very fun.
  4. J

    Jason Well Known Member Member

    I clean mine once a week. Change water 30%, vaccum. algae clean etc.
  5. f

    fish_r_friend Well Known Member Member

    10% bidaily
  6. n

    newbie101 Well Known Member Member

    Me too ;D I just don't like hauling heavy buckets from the laundry room...I change the water and siphon the gravel (at the same time) every saturday, 10-25%. I never have to scrape algae, it never grows :)
  7. Marc

    Marc Well Known Member Member

    Typically I do about 10 gallons every other day. 11 gallon buckets are nice :)
  8. G

    Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    I normally change out 50% in each tank every week except my turtle tank. The speedster gets a 100% water change every week. ;)
  9. OP

    Jon Well Known Member Member

    is there any real danger of cleaning your tank too often with an established tank?
  10. E

    EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    IN my opinion, you can never do any water changes, but IMO gravel vaccing more than one time a week i s alittle too much.. I try not to mess with any good bacteria _but you have to do it once i week to get rid of any uneaten food, fish poopies, etc. LOL
  11. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Jon as long as your fish are happy don't worry about it, I doubt you can do too many water changes ;)
    i do 25 - 50% weekly and vacumm at that time. Plecos do the algae scraping :)
  12. F

    Fish Girl New Member Member

    I plan to change the water every week in my tank. The first time I tried one of my fish died but I think I know how to do it now.
  13. d

    dano569 Valued Member Member

    i change 25-30% a week and vaccum half the gravel at the same time. ;D
  14. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    i change about 5-6 gallons once a week thruough a gravel vac and scrape algae everyother month or so

    these darn otos dont do the job i need a pleco
  15. E

    EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    My one pleco keeps my entire tank algae free. :) they are definately good housecleaners
  16. d

    dano569 Valued Member Member

    my mbuna tank has brown algae.i don't have a pleco in that tank.
  17. OP

    Jon Well Known Member Member

    my tank has brown algae on just the back panel so i scrape it every once in a while... no biggie
  18. E

    EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    I heard that brown algae is a sign of having nitrites and ammonia present in your tank.

    Do you guys think this is true?
  19. OP

    Jon Well Known Member Member

    my amonia ppm is 0
    my nitrite ppm is 0
    my nitrate ppm is 2...

    i doubt it...
  20. d

    dano569 Valued Member Member

    it's just from having excess nutrients in you tank, i think.