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Andyandsue 03-12-2007 10:20 AM

How to clean a one gallon tank with an under gravel filter?
It's not that I can't figure out how to clean the tank, because I have cleaned it, but this is my first under-gravel filter and I'm wondering if there is a better way. When I set this up I used fully cycled gravel and water from a larger tank that the betta was in. This is only a 1 gallon tank, and I been changing out 1/4 of the water every few days, and decided it was time to give it a better cleaning. I removed the betta and snail to a cup, siphoned most of the water and then dumped the gravel into a large bowl. I ever-so-gently rinsed the gravel with treated tap water (just enough to get the gunk out of it without actually cleaning it) and cleaned the plastic piece that sits under the gravel, and the sides of the tank. I then put everything back in with fresh water, and added my betta back in with the cup water.

Is there any better way? It takes longer to clean this tank than my 12 gallon!

daisycutter 03-13-2007 02:47 AM

best way to clean an ug filter system is to remove half the water which with a 10g the fish can go in and simply stir everthing right up i use a mesh basket above the tank to put the gravel in the ecssses water drips back into the tank i lift out hanfuls of the gravel leaving 90% of the mess behind in the water i then empty the rest of the water then the gravel can go back its a little cloudy to start with but not washing the gravel in clorinated water means it recovers in less than a hour if you want absolute clean dunk the basket of gravel in the treated water a few times then put it for me

Andyandsue 03-13-2007 06:58 AM

Good idea! I'll have to get a mesh strainer. It took so long to clean it yesterday and it's only a 1 gallon Betta tank! It takes less to use the gravel vac on my large tank, but in this case the gravel vac siphoned out the water in less 5 minutes, which wasn't enough vacuuming time to clean the gravel.

Thank you!

Andyandsue 03-14-2007 10:21 AM

Doesn't anyone here have an under gravel filter??

daisycutter 03-16-2007 05:27 PM

i have one in my second largest tank and the tank that contains the messiest fish no problems with them at all plants even grow better than in my other tanks (when there not being dug up)

Andyandsue 03-16-2007 05:47 PM

I don't really have problems with it, other than it taking quite a bit of time to clean compared to my other tanks that I can use a gravel vac on. I was hoping I was doing it the "hard way" and that there was an easier way that I didn't know about.

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