I did a fish-in cycle, so my tank has been running for about 3 weeks now. I also used beneficial bacteria and did daily 30% water changes with prime. I tested my water at a local fishkeeper, and my cycle seems to have completed, but I am going to do another test in a few days just to make sure. I was just wondering in terms of maintenance, how often should I vac and do water changes?nikm128 said:
Thank you for your help!Samanthaljay said:
This is very helpful, thank you very much! So you would say once a week? And since the tank is cycled, when would you say should I start?Demeter said:In a newly established tank I'd be doing it lightly for the first few months. All my tanks are well established so I vacuum the substrate every water change except those tanks with active diggers (cichlids). I don't bother cleaning their substrate as they stir it up plenty on their own.
Also, don't worry about cleaning under ornaments, the "dead spots" are actually pretty beneficial so just leave them be unless you are rearranging things.