Easiest way to clean fish tank?

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  1. nap

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    Any tips for the easiest way to clean a fish tank out? (besides the traditional hose/bucket refills)
     
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  2. Urban_Jungle

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    I guess the easiest way is not to have it get dirty in the first place.

    By combining a filter system which filters the water at least 3 times an hour (mine does it 6 times), having enough lower level water movements so that no fish waste can settle so gets picked up by the filter and having cleaning type fish such as bristle nose for algae.

    Other than the above all I do to keep my tank clean is to do a 25% water change each week. Even though every reading in the tank reads 0 I still do this.
     
  3. tk55

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    great tips! never thought of this one. thanks :)
     
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    found pump the easiest
     
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    Eh, charging something that was just submerged gives me the heeby jeebies.
     
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    Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure
     
  7. nyah8

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    Its not that hard to run a siphon hose to the back lawn...:confused:
     
  8. japes

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    I siphon out the window with an extension on my gravel-vac, and put the hose in through the window :p
     
  9. nyah8

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    Yeah, thats what I thought us normal people did. *stares pointedly at OP* :p :lol:
     
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    good point......
     
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    i don't know if you're supposed to charge the battery while it's still under water. but it doesn't matter. it's only 12v. won't even tickle a fish :)
     
  12. eSNAKE

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    You guys crack me up.
     
  13. japes

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    Siphon into a sink, and use a faucet attachment to fill the tank.
     
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    It's like a cordless drill, there's an internal battery you pull out from a water-tight seal compartment.
     
  15. Timah

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    do you know how good that water is for plants? no way id waste tank water down the sink...
     
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    I put the water on my plants as well, thought I was the only one that did:lol:

    The Roses in my yard love tank water.
     
  17. tkdwarrior

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    I still siphon into buckets to water the plants. Works very well, plants enjoy actually having water + fish ferts help more.

    For cleaning a tank you're breaking down - vinegar on the sponge side of a double sided scouring pad thingo.
     
  18. Urban_Jungle

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    Always done it. My lemon tree is the main recipient for tank water. It loooves it :).
     
  19. CordlezToaster

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    Tank water taste so much better than green tea! I concur with the plants.

    I use a gravel vac, i don't have no super fancy fishtank pump sucker thingy!

    I 25% water change every week!
     
  20. PANZERAMD

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    Yeah I use the gravel vacum too!

    I have always done a 75% water change once a month with the oscar tank ( dirty boys ) and a 50% water change with my community tank, I am of the belief that water changes are very stressful for my fish and that less is better ( a stressed fish is more prone disease ). Though if the Silver Dollors have been fighting ( happens a lot ) and they have got wounds on them ( also happens a lot, but does not bother them ) I will do a small ( 25% ) water change and clean the filters.
     

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