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Break down and clean mature tank

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?
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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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Hi 3053, welcome to TPT! I'd keep the filter and substrate submerged to maintain beneficial bacteria. You should be fine. Curious as to how you got the hair algae...I think the stock lights are fairly low-light. What is the new light you're getting? Good luck:-)


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I had two fluval aqua life and plant lights over it. Even with 3 layers of window screen it was too much. I have a finnex planted+ 24/7 coming so I can at least dim the light and it will look much better aesthetically. I currently am running an sponge filter in it to cycle. so hopefully I can hold the fish in a bucket for a day or two.
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