Can anyone recommend a routine to clean a 3 gallon Eclipse tank? I've been thinking about the first cleaning and I'm not sure how to go about it. I have a small siphon/cleaner and everything else we'll need (bucket, water conditioner, etc) but since this is such a small tank, if I try to use the siphon, all the water will be gone in a few minutes!
This is a tank with a bio-wheel and a carbon filter, gravel, 2 artificial plants, 2 small real plants, a fake rock, and 4 danios.
Also, how often should I be cleaning this? I was planning on once a month. Should I track the Nitrates, and if so how high before a water change is done? (Right now they are less than 5 with 0 ammonia/0 Nitrites) Should I be cleaning and water changing at the same interval?
Thank you for your advice! I'm very confused about this one.