When I was setting up my new tank, I was confused with how to set up the filter. So, I used the manual that came with it, got it all set up. Then I started reading the manual and I came across the section called How To Clean Your Tank. I read it and it said what you needed. It read: What you will need: A bucket, Gravel Cleaner, Towel, Water Conditioner, Bio Booster and clean hands. All items are available from your local Aqua One Dealer. I can't wait to get some clean hands to clean my tank!