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Old 04-22-2014, 03:41 AM   #1
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CONTEST - through May 9th


SPRING CLEANING CONTEST

In the spirit of spring cleaning, we want to know all about your aquarium cleaning routine!

HOW TO ENTER

Post up to 3 pictures of your aquarium, capturing either before, during, or after your maintenance routine, and tell us briefly about your routine. Please include your best tip for the novice aquarist on aquarium cleaning.

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1st Place: $100 in ACUREL Products
2nd Place: $50 in ACUREL Products
3rd Place: $25 in ACUREL Products

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Entrants must be residents of USA or Canada. Winners will be asked to supply a mailing address (no PO Boxes) for shipment of the prizes. Products included in the prize packages will be selected by ACUREL staff.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:24 PM   #2
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Won the last one for 50.00, so I won't enter this.

Just wanted to state I recieved my winnings in a timely manner and they have been a great help for my tanks and rams! Acurel really hooked it up, I've put 90% of what I won to work in my tanks.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:59 PM   #3
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I've won before but will enter anyhow, it's fun

Tip #1 ALWAYS unplug your heater.

Next unplug any power heads, or other equipment that will be exposed to the air. I have everything that needs to be unplugged in one power bar and just flick the switch to off.

Then I drain the water with an automatic gravel vac. If you use a tap lower then your aquarium (even by a little) then you can start the suction and shut off the water and it will drain by gravity. Thus saving water.



Next clean out power heads. They collect a lot of stuff.


Then clean out the filter intake.


Wipe down glass.

Trim plants if needed, and get crud out of them by gently stirring them up.

Then refill and enjoy

Change water as often as needed according to your specif tank.
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback ItalianStallion888! Glad the products have been put to good use.
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:58 PM   #5
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First a few tips:
1. I have my filters and heater on 1 power strip while the lights are plugged into a different outlet. This allows me to keep the lights on and shut everything off with 1 switch
2. Use a power head with a sponge on the inlet and hooked to the hose from a python, allows you to drain the tank using no extra water - I actually then drain it directly outside to the gardens in front of the house
3. Never forget to add a dechlorinator when doing a water change

My maintenance routine on the 75g goes as following:
1. Shut off power strip (heater and filters)
2. Plug in powerhead and set in tank about 1/3 of the way down (33% water change)
3. Set dechlorinator on top of tank so I don't forget
4. Hook up python to sink and get ready to refill
5. I can tell when the water is done draining because you can hear the powerhead starting to take in air - unplug
6. Treat with prime
7. Trim any plants that need it
8. Clean the filter intakes and sponges if needed
9. Refill the tank with slightly cooler water (helps my fish spawn)
10. Top off filters with water
11. Turn power strip back on
12. Drain both python and drain hose out, and roll up

I do this weekly and have it down to about 20 minutes start to finish
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Old 04-29-2014, 05:25 PM   #6
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First thing before cleaning aquarium or doing water change is shut off the filter/heaters/pumps.

- I don't vacuum my substrate since my tank is full of plants, so I use a small siphon to suck up all the fish waste, dead plant leaves and dirt that are floating on the substrate.
- Then use a bigger siphon to suck up all the water to the point of water change that I want (I normally do 40-50% every 2 weeks). If necessary, use the water to clean up the filter/filter media (never use tap water to clean the filter, it will kill the bacteria and lose the cycle in the tank)
- Finally, use the siphon and pump the new treated water back in the tank (make sure to use water conditioner for the new water and the temperature is close enough with temperature in the tank.

Then turn the filter/heaters/pumps back on.

During cleaning:


After cleaning:


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Old 05-05-2014, 04:05 AM   #7
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Since my main tank is no where close to a sink, I have to do the bucket system.

Before I start my water change, I have to get the new water ready
~I have to match the temperature and treat it.
unplug the filter and heater.
drain the water to half way.
~once a month or two, I siphon out the waste build on on the substrate
pump the new water into the tank slowly
plug in the filter and heat
sit back and enjoy the tank




Tips!
ALWAYS make sure the temperature of the water is within a reasonable range
Water your garden/lawn with the old tank water

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Old 05-12-2014, 04:26 PM   #8
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Thank you to those that entered our Spring Cleaning Contest. The Winners are....

First Place - Hardy85
Second Place - Lucky Charm
Third Place - Junglefowl

We appreciate you sharing the pictures of your tanks and your tips for cleaning.

If you were chosen as a winner, please email us at gethooked@acurel.com and send your mailing address (no p.o. boxes please).
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:57 PM   #9
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Woot excited
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:28 PM   #10
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PM Sent,

Thank you very much
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:52 PM   #11
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Sent email!
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:58 PM   #12
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Package has arrive today


For the Nitrate Pads, when do I replace them?
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:21 PM   #13
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Congratulations to the winners! I was hoping someone would post a picture of what they had won, looks like some good stuff!
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:46 AM   #14
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Nice! Still waiting for mine to arrive.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:25 PM   #15
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Got mine and WOW... I'm excited to try some of the stuff out
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