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Changing Water & Cleaning Tank
Old 07-11-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
 
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Changing Water & Cleaning Tank

I have recently gotten a new tank, so all I had to do with that was rinse it out and put everything in. The tank is about the size of the old Macintosh computers that were really slow :P

I've posted a photo below, nice and clean, hopefully it will stay that way for a couple of weeks.

With my old tank, it was reasonably small so it was easy to clean out. But I'm just wondering, when it's time to clean out my new one, is there an easy way to do it without carting the entire thing into the bath tub? Is there any way to change water and clean out ornaments etc without having to clean entire tank?

If not, is there an easier way to clean the whole tank? If you don't know, I'd like to hear the way you clean yours, it may give me some ideas and we can troubleshoot together.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:40 AM   #2
 
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I have recently gotten a new tank, so all I had to do with that was rinse it out and put everything in. The tank is about the size of the old Macintosh computers that were really slow :P

I've posted a photo below, nice and clean, hopefully it will stay that way for a couple of weeks.

With my old tank, it was reasonably small so it was easy to clean out. But I'm just wondering, when it's time to clean out my new one, is there an easy way to do it without carting the entire thing into the bath tub? Is there any way to change water and clean out ornaments etc without having to clean entire tank?

If not, is there an easier way to clean the whole tank? If you don't know, I'd like to hear the way you clean yours, it may give me some ideas and we can troubleshoot together.

Changing water is pretty easy. Just purchase a small syphon hose, where one end goes in the water, the other end into a bucket, and basically you either suck on one end to get it started, or it's the type that has a "pump" type action that brings the water up into the tube for you. I have one of those, but it worked for only a short time, so I do have to start it myself (not a big deal). Then when you've taken out 30-50% each week you just add clean water back in. Is this the first tank you've had? You don't need to scrub a tank clean each week. If you do that, your only killing off the good bacteria that is in your filter and decor that you need. I'm not sure if this helps, but this is how I understand your question. Your bulb looks so bright. Some live floating plants may be nice. What fish are you planning on buying? Is your tank cycled yet?

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Old 07-11-2011, 11:15 AM   #3
 
I have a 10g and a 60g and although the 10g can get to the sink/tub, the 60g sure never will!

First, I think it's easier to keep a tank clean routinely ( a little each week) than try to clean it after it's gotten really bad.
With this in mind, clean your glass weekly as a pre-process to your water change. You can use glass magnets or an algae sponge to clean the inside glass. Now unplug your heater and filter and do your water change.
I like to use a gravel siphon. A gravel siphon has a large tube, then a smaller tube that goes into a bucket. I run mine into a garden hose and out into a flower bed. The gravel siphon removes debris from the gravel as you remove water. You may not need to clean the gravel every week, maybe every two weeks - depend on "bio-load" [number of fish and feeding]).

I like to remove 30-50% water weekly (leaning more towards 50%). As for the decor, you can evaluate the frequency it needs to be cleaned. I periodically remove (2-3 weeks but maybe changing to monthly) all the decor (rocks and plastic plants) and run them through my dishwasher (no dishes) with about 2 cups of white vinegar.
Be sure to treat your water with a conditioner as/if needed before and make sure the water temperature is about the same as your tank temp (76-80F).

Now, I agree that your light seems very bright. You might wish to diffuse this and/or only have it on for no more than 8 hours a day (adjust as needed), otherwise you may get a lot of unwanted algae.

Also, I'm not familiar with what looks like a powerhead filter. Your filter has much to do in keeping your tank clean and water very clear.You may wish to consider a different filter if you have problems maintaining crystal clear water.

Finally, don't over stock the tank!
Be sure and read up on the Nitrogen cycling process (ammonia>nitrites>nitrates).
The short road to disaster is to setup a tank, add a bunch of fish and then see it all fail when you suddenly get an (toxic) ammonia spike.

Best wishes
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:59 PM   #4
 
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I am thinking from the photo and your comments Mauve that algae on the glass and elsewhere is likely the issue. As was suggested, lessening the light will help. Without live plants, algae will proliferate out of control in the presence of any light with the natural nutrients occurring from the fish. Reducing the intensity (if that is possible), and/or the duration should help. Algae will still appear, it is natural in water with light and nutrients, but it will be more under control. Cleaning the front glass each week with one of those aquarium sponge scrapers during the partial water change will help.

Some floating plants will also greatly benefit both in this and the fish health. And floating plants are easy. Something as simple as a stem plant allowed to float works. It lessens the light entering the tank, which will also make the fish feel more relaxed, and floating plants use up nutrients.

Algae can be allowed to grow elsewhere than on the front glass. It also is beneficial in using nutrients and producing oxygen, just like higher plants, and it looks natural.

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Old 07-12-2011, 02:34 AM   #5
 
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Thanks everyone for your replies and comments!

I do a 50% water change every two weeks and a full scrub about once a month. I have no probems with algae or disease so the scrub doesn't need to be done often.

I have six fish in the tank currently, a gold gourami, three neons, an angel fish and a guppy. They all get along fine.

And also, I don't keep my light on all the time, only when I am in the room, taking a photo (no flash) of the tank/fish or if I have a friend over. Purely for presentation.

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Old 07-12-2011, 09:37 AM   #6
 
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Like Gwen mentioned, those full scrubs hurts your tank more than it helps it. You probably should stop doing the complete scrub, and just go with the 50% water changes.
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