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teetsymomo
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Cleaning my new tank
« on: December 16, 2010, 10:19:40 PM »

Last weekend, I set up my new 60 gallon tank. It's still in the midst of being cycled, however I've  noticed a bunch of poop on the gravel. I want to clean it out, but I wasn't sure if I cleaned the tank, if it would ruin the cycling process. Should I do a 10% water change and scoop it out with a net, or  try to vacuum it up? I really don't want to ruin the process.
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Mindemae
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Re: Cleaning my new tank
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010, 11:03:44 PM »

I would just vacuum it out if it bugs you. Wink
A 10% water change wouldn't hurt.
What are your parameters?
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April
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Re: Cleaning my new tank
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2010, 01:52:30 AM »

when you vacuum the tank Minde, do you keep that water, filter out the crap and then add it back? I have never been clear on this myself because more than 10% gets sucked out when I have siphoned debris from the gravel. At the moment I have been siphoning very small amounts thru a very small hose (1/2 in diameter approx) and carefully moving around the plants manage to get quite a bit of loose dirt up and out without losing too much of that precious recently cycled water. And of course have turkey baster...will suck anything s.h.i.t. related LOL
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Re: Cleaning my new tank
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010, 05:12:36 AM »

I wouldn't put syphoned water back into the tank. Smiley
I would just water the plants with it. Wink
At 10% removal, which isn't much, you can just top off the tank like you do when there is evaporation and add a bit more bacteria booster to your media in your filter. Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Cleaning my new tank
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2010, 12:51:00 PM »

I wouldn't worry at all about destroying any process, when I was cycling my tank, I was changing 50% once a week, and it still cycled in 12 days Wink I was cleaning the gravel each time.

So just go ahead and clean the poop out! Grin (But I wouldn't change more than 50%)
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Hanna
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Re: Cleaning my new tank
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2010, 02:49:31 AM »

vacuuming the poop up wouldn't affect the cycle, as Nossie said, waterchanges don't destroy the process, just keep adding your beneficial bacteria and waterconditioner according to instructions.
Please don't reuse syphoned water as it can contain Ammonia, Nitrites, etc which you want to keep down by doing waterchanges accordingly
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