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20 gallon cleaning help

I have a 20 gallon long fish tank, and it takes a whisper power 30 filter and a topfin 20 filter (just got the topfin filter to see if the 30 wasnt soing the trick so dot mid the two different brands) to keep the water uncloudy, but now I'm faced with the challenge of dirty rocks. The fish poop and food falls to the ground - normal things for an aquarium, but they stay there and turn my rocks nasty yellowish, or brownish. I was wondering if anyone knew how to keep the rocks clean (because a 20 gallon tank takes alot of work to fully clean and change every month like I do with my little 1 gallon for my betta) without having to take them all completely out of the tank every month?
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Do you vacuum the bottom with a siphon vac? The rocks get sucked up, cleaned off, then fall back to the ground when you lift the siphon.
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What about a gravel siphon?
You only change your water once every month, even on your 1 gallon? All of your tanks need a water change at least once a week... Especially your 1G, the ammonia will build up very quickly, your betta will get sick.

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That's the tank, if that helps.
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No, I do change my 1 gallon every week! I was just using that as an example because I do about half a water change every week for the 20 gallon. Haven't thought about a vaccum, thanks!
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What about a gravel siphon?
You only change your water once every month, even on your 1 gallon? All of your tanks need a water change at least once a week... Especially your 1G, the ammonia will build up very quickly, your betta will get sick.


No, I do change my 1 gallon every week! I was just using that as an example because I do about half a water change every week for the 20 gallon. Haven't thought about a vaccum, thanks!
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A one gallon should be changed three times a week (50%, 50%, 100%). +1 on the gravel vac.
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Do you vacuum the bottom with a siphon vac? The rocks get sucked up, cleaned off, then fall back to the ground when you lift the siphon.
No, I didn't even think of one of those! Do you know how much a normal one would be, like the average price?
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