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Tearing down the tank is a pain in the ....

Who's with me on that?

I have to say removing the fish was the hardest but I found that draining the tank down to 2" of water made it way easier!

Now I just have to dig out 2 large bags of playground sand out of the tank so I can pull it out of the house tomorrow to give it a good clean. The tank is heavy enough since its 7' and glass!

What a drag.
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ohh yes im with you.. the bigger the worse it is.. lol
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Yea, it is a pain to tear down a tank, but sometimes you have no alternative. Just keep telling yourself how much better the new set up is going to be.

With some luck, this becomes an infrequent occurrence.
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Tanks that large do not get dragged out of the house for a thorough cleaning. They get cleaned in place. I keep a pump in the tank, and a hose running in and a hose running out to the garden. I scrub the tank down with salt and lots of rinsing.

I have re-done and moved most of my tanks several times, and will clean the larger ones (40 gallon+) in place.

Smaller tanks (up to 20 gallon, even 29 gallon) I will take outside. They are light enough for me to carry, and to turn them around and upside down for cleaning and draining.

Yes, removing all the plants, rocks, wood and so on, and draining the water down to a few inches is the best way to catch the fish.
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You know how to remove the subrate quickly by using a wet/dry vac.
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Why did you tear down a tank? Just for cleaning? Its like formatting hard drive because windows got slow
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To be honest, I love taking down tanks! Especially if I have a new one to replace it....

"My next hobby is going to be tearing up $100 bills while simultaneously banging my head against a wall and flooding my basement."
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I am with you.
I do not have the lush planted tanks that a lot of you have.
But I really enjoy destroying what I have in-order to see what I can come up with.
Gives me the perfect opportunity to remove any unwanted guest or plants.
I find that a good trimming and heavy trimming of the roots almost always spurts a nice new growth cycle in my plants.
I also clean my 55G and up tanks in place. But I do it differently.

I leave them full of water.
Remove all the plants , wood , snails then fish .
I don't use special substrates so I am able to leave mine in place threw out the cleaning.
I add bleach to sanitize the tank and gravel/sand ( 1 ml per 2 gal ( or 1ml/1G if heavy black algae )).
After a few hours I drain the bleach water out .
I then use a bit of muriatic acid to clean the scale form the inside and out.
( Watch the acid , the gas from the acid and bleach is toxic )
I then rinse the tank on the inside with a hose and drain that water out.
Wipe down the out side well and re-fill the tank from my hose.
I then de-chlorinate as always and with in a hour or so I am back to replanting and re-stocking the tank.
Bacteria from the plants and wood eliminate the need to cycle ( unless massively overstocked ) and I always use liquid bacteria to boost the now sterile filter .

Works great for me and I am always amazed at how mush better the tank looks afterwords.
I generally feel my tanks are clean and look good.
But am always amazed at how extremely clean and bright they look after a good cleaning/tear-down.
Just wish I knew how to keep them that way ?
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Tearing down big tanks with mineralized soil is the worst. I have done a 125 and a 90, and helped with a 300. Every time I had to take out all of the plants to catch the fish, but then it gets so murky that I can't see them any more. So I drain it down to 1 or 2 inches. By the time I catch the last of the fish, they are so stressed out they are almost completely white.


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Tank rebuilds are not that hard. some work involved, but I have spent way more time cleaning a running tank.

My system for doing this is
2 large sterlite storage containers from dept store 1 for fish and some plants and 1 for plants.
siphon 15 gal of water into sterlite container and then add fresh to desired depth.
move canister filter over to storage container and start it up.
move fish using 2 nets to sterlite container, and toss some plants in there also.
cover container.
drain tank down to glass using python water changer.
use a plastic dust pan to shovel out substrate.
use python to add cleaning water back to tank and clean it and drain again.
Your done!
Add new substrate, water and plants.
move filter from storage container to aquarium.
move fish
Complete!
takes me about 2 hours take down a 55gal and 2 hours to clean and set back up
MD!
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Just tore down my 55 to sell to a friend and replace it with some smaller cubes for shrimp. It was really annoying but worth it in the end. I just drained water into 2 10g buckets, one for the fish, and one for the plants. Now all the fauna and flora are in 2 10g tanks just waiting for me to decide what Im going to do with them. I think if you have to tear down a tank and you don't have anything to do with the fish and plants is the worst part...
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Wow, a bigger group of haters than I would have thought. I tear mine down about every year just for the fun of it. I dont usually disturb the substrate more than I have to tho, unless im moving it to another location.

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I am truly dreading moving house with a 90 gallon. This is a stupid, stupid hobby for a renting uni student.
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I am truly dreading moving house with a 90 gallon. This is a stupid, stupid hobby for a renting uni student.
+1 i moved house 5 times in 3 years with a 29g and that was hard enough let alone a 90g


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