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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-31-2017, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Mcoc3053 View Post
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

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