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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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how to keep tank clean

So maybe I am obsessed with keeping my tank clean, but how does everyone keep their tanks clean? I have a 112L or 30 gallon tank with live plants and 8 crystal red shrimp, 2 galaxy rasboras, and 3 assassin snails. Twice a week i vacuum my tank gravel and plants. Is there anything i can do/add to keep the gravel cleaner and the plants cleaner? I have seen some beautiful tanks with plants in them and they seem to be spotless.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 02:00 PM
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Your tank is not overloaded with fish, shrimp, and snails... and I'm assuming your plants are doing well. So, for the time being, I recommend that you just continue to monitor your filter's performance and cleanliness, don't overfeed the animals, and do small, partial water changes once every week or two. Also, personally, I don't think it's usually necessary (or good for the plants) to vacuum the gravel twice a week. Once every few weeks should be quite sufficient, as long as you're not overfeeding or have a lot of decaying vegetation in the tank.

P.S.: Relax and enjoy your aquarium. My observation has been that most beautiful, seemingly "spotless" tanks are not spotless. :-) There usually is at least a little bit of algae somewhere... if you look hard enough! :-)

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-31-2010, 02:56 AM
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your over cleaning let some bacteria build up just do monthly water changes do not clean the gravel and do not over feed. it might not be spotless for a while but it will clean itself up this took me about a year of cleaning twice weekly to learn.
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