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Tank cleaning

Post by Aura on Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:02 pm

Do you ever remove all of your rockwork to do a good, thorough cleaning?

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Re: Tank cleaning

Post by poolmako on Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:41 am

yes a few times a year or if im moving fish, i also bleach the rocks to clean off the algae.
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Post by buntbarsch on Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:32 am

Once I have a tank running, I never touch it again with the exception of vacuuming the sand/gravel where I can and cleaning the front glass.

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Re: Tank cleaning

Post by Norm66 on Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:53 am

Unless I'm changing everything up in a given tank I'm with Klaus.

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Re: Tank cleaning

Post by theswede on Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:40 pm

The only time i move the rocks around is when i´m trying to catch a holding female. I like my rocks to have some algae on them because it makes the tanks look more naturel. The rock work together with the sand (or gravel) has loads of nitrification bacteria on them so i would not take either of it out to clean it.
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Re: Tank cleaning

Post by Aura on Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:59 pm

I normally don't remove mine either, but I would recommend doing it periodically if using lace rock. I needed to move a pile and when I lifted the base rock, there was a lot of crap under there! flush Because of the nooks and crannies in lace rock, there are areas that debris can get into and the sand helps trap it.

I didn't clean the rocks, but the sand underneath.

It got me wondering if I should check underneath some of the regular rocks I have in other tanks.
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Re: Tank cleaning

Post by jmcfive on Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:46 pm

About once every 2 months I will take the rocks out of the tank and put them in a bucket with tank water, only to vaccuun out the substrate under them (I have gravel and gravel collects poop). I do not clean the rocks off, however because I dont want to waste bacteria nor algae.

One idea I had to eliminate the removal of anything for cleaning is to build 'modules' out of styrofoam covered with concrete, and silicone them to the bottom of the tank. This should eliminate the need to remove anything from the tank altogether regardless of substrate! I'm going to try this out on a new tank set-up shortly. I will post pics and let you know how it works out.
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Re: Tank cleaning

Post by Aura on Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:20 pm

jmcfive wrote: I'm going to try this out on a new tank set-up shortly. I will post pics and let you know how it works out.
Cool. I'd like to see how that goes.

Most of my tanks have more solid rocks and I set them on the glass or eggcrate to prevent the fish from digging sand out from under them and toppling them.

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