How often do you clean your tank?

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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.
 

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

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

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10% bidaily
 

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Jon said:
i know i should cutback but for some reason i find it very fun.
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
 

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Typically I do about 10 gallons every other day. 11 gallon buckets are nice
 

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I normally change out 50% in each tank every week except my turtle tank. The speedster gets a 100% water change every week.
 
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is there any real danger of cleaning your tank too often with an established tank?
 

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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
 

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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
Carol
 

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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.
 

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

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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
 

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My one pleco keeps my entire tank algae free. they are definately good housecleaners
 

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my mbuna tank has brown algae.i don't have a pleco in that tank.
 
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my tank has brown algae on just the back panel so i scrape it every once in a while... no biggie
 

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

Do you guys think this is true?
 
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it's just from having excess nutrients in you tank, i think.
 
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