My 5 gal spec has been over run with hair algae for some time now. With a new light on the way I would like to remove all of the wood and plants to clean off the algae. I'm hesitant Because it may take a day or two to complete. What is the best way to maintain tank and fish with out having a mini cycle?
Leave the substrate in place, remove plants/rocks clean and replace then wait a few days and clean the filer. Always wash filter media in old tank water best done when preforming a water change and not to aggressively.
Good idea to test during this process so you know what's going on and if your tank does start a mini cycle