I'm currently looking into setting up a 5.5 gallon tank. As this will be my first time keeping such a "large" tank, I was wondering what "deep cleaning" would look like or if it would even be needed?
I plan to have a few plants (probably some java moss, anubias nana and a marimo moss ball) in a mixed substrate of sand and gravel. Possibly a nerite snail or RCS depending on the betta's temperament or if algae control is even an issue. Would simple siphoning over the substrate and the occasional filter rinse/rub down of the glass be good to maintain the tank? Or is a big deep clean needed every once in a while to keep things healthy? And if it is, how often/what things need to be done to tank when a deep clean is concerned?
I'm kind of a novice to the aquarium world so help is much appreciated! C: