Hi, nice to meet you and I love Rhode Island. My brother went to college there so when I went to visit, I totally fell in love with the state.
For a 100% water change, cup the fish out and siphon as much water as you can. When you can't siphon any more out, dump the rest out. If you're built tiny like me, you may need someone to help you lift the tank if it's 10g or bigger.
If the plants are live, best way to sterilize is just to put them in tap water that hasn't been dechlorinated. I've heard the chlorine will sterilize them. For the gravel, rinse under hot water.
Thats what I was doing, But i figured that since bacteria thrived in warmer water, that I would just be making them a beach resort to chill in when i was trying to clean them..
And RI is a beautiful state, but if youv e lived here your whole life, as I have, it get a bit boring, especially since you know everyone, and everyone knows you from your weird high school days!
But this state has a little of everything to offer you, weve got city life, and country..my Nana actually lives in an old farm house,across the street from actual fields of cows, and not even a mile away is the highway to Providence, which is actually only five miles away.
We have the convenience of having everything so close, cause fourty minutes, and youve crossed the whole state, no matter which way you go!