11-08-2012, 01:42 PM
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Okay, first of all there's nothing wrong with cleaning filter media and decor in conditioned water. However, since this is a fairly new setup, I'd leave the filter alone for the first month and let things happen.
So in your procedure,
> Prepare conditioned water as/if necessary.
> Turn off heaters/filters as required.
> If gravel substrate, use a gravel siphon to clean the gravel (if sand, hover siphon above the surface of the sand) and remove 25%-50% of the aquarium water.
> Clean the inside glass with a srubby or magnet cleaners.
> Service the filter(s) in established tank only.
> Refill the tank with appropriately conditioned water of the proper temperature.
> Give fish a special treat to reward for upsetting their world.