Ammonia does not cause a bacterial bloom, it is the reverse. I explain this in my little article on bacteriaOne of the big causes for a bacteria bloom is an excess of ammonia in the water. I fail to see how water changes will make such conditions worse. If there was ammonia in the water and no bacteria bloom, water change is in order. How does the bacteria bloom change that?
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Get a gravel cleaner and a couple of 5 gallon buckets (depending on how muscular you are!). If 35lb buckets full of water are too heavy, the home improvement stores also sell 2 or 4 gallon buckets to drain your water into. You can also get some long clear tubing and connectors from the big-box stores, make your drain hose longer, and then drain into the yard.i just scoop it up with a container. and i will look into that! thanks for the help!!