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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-30-2018, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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My wife's tank is non planted. It has a terrible algae problem due to a week without power while we were out of the country. My 2 planted tanks were rough, lost the tetra in one, but I don't get the algae build up her non planted tank does so are much easier to fix. That being said we are going to tear her tank apart and start from scratch. She only has a couple of fish left, pretty hardy fish, so I'm not worried about the stress on the fish. I know how to clean the decorations, but the gravel is far more tricky. I have a biomass bag in the filter, so reseeding the bacteria in the tank won't be too difficult, but the gravel has a ton of bad stuff in it I want to clean up. What do you guys recommend as being the best way to clean it up? Any information is helpful.
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If it's larger gravel you can go buy an el'cheapo kitchen strainer, fill it 1/2 full with gravel, and rinse rinse rinse under the sink until clean.

Or use the tried and true method of swishing it around in a 5 gallon pail.

If you have enough filter BB, I wouldn't worry about killing off the substrate. But, watch parameters daily or 2 x daily to ensure you aren't having a mini cycle.

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It's a 72g bow front, that's a lot of gravel.
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Have you thought about a standard gravel cleaner?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079CGNGTC..._B.JJBbHW8YC7A
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