04-14-2011, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Guko
Quick question, Ive been kinda neglectful in my tank and have been changing water ever 2 weeks instead of every week... Now the rocks are gross and filthy in the bottom. Can I just empty all the water and wash the rocks as long as the decorations are left alone? I basically want to empty the tank and wash the rocks and then throw them back in and throw the decorations. Just worried that itll screw the entire cycle that i worked so hard to create last year.
To follow-up my previous post, you can do a total tear down and cleanup...just handle your fish properly, then preserve your filter with water and only rinse your gravel in aquarium water to preserve the bacteria.
Clean the tank, put it all back together, fill with proper temperature conditioned water, ensure temperature is stable, re-introduce stock properly and you should be good.