Tips on Tank Maintenance/Cleaning a Cycled Tank w/o Creating a mini-cycle

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by swenster, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. swensterValued MemberMember


    I couldn't find a link on this. I am just looking for tips on how to clean my 5 gallon tank that is cycled., and avoiding a mini-cycle. I have read that it is good to clean 1/3 gravel at a time. What about rinsing off ornaments/fake plants in aquarium water? Can I do this now, or should I only do one at a time? (e.g., I have 3 ornaments, cleaning only one?) It's time for a water change/cleaning, and I just want to do it right and not have to re-cycle my tank. I know I should change about 10-20% water, right?

    Thanks for any tips!

    Best, Alanna
  2. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    If you have a filter then you shouldnt worry about re-cycling unless the filter media dries out. Personally I would change 50% of you r water, no less. You can gravel vac if you want to. Some people do this weekly, others do it bi-weekly or however if works best for them. Removing mulm from the gravel and cleaning decorations will not break your cycle assuming you have a filter.
  3. swensterValued MemberMember

    Okay, yes. I have an HOB filter. Thanks for the advice!
  4. ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    I don't think the frequency of cleaning off your fake plants should have any significant effect.
  5. GvilleguyValued MemberMember

    Hi Swenster - what is the stock of fish in the 5 gallon? 50% seems too large of a water change to me. I would start smaller, around 20%. Depending on how fast your gravel vac is, you might be able to vac most of the gravel without taking out more than 20%. Just vac as much as you can and stop when you think you've removed about 1 - 1.5 gallons. As long as your nitrates are staying fairly low, then smaller water changes are fine.
  6. swensterValued MemberMember

    Hi, thank you. I only have 1 betta in my 5 gallon tank. I tested the water parameters this am. These levels have stayed the same since my tank cycled last week.

    ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 5.0 ppm

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