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Old 02-24-2014, 03:46 PM   #1 
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Tank Cleaning Question...

Okay, so as some of you know, I got a 2.5 gallon tank for Magnus yesterday. I've never had such a small tank, the smallest I've ever owned was a 10 gallon. So I'd like to know if it's okay to do a 100 percent change every 4-6 days, or if there's a better option... :)
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:01 PM   #2 
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A 100% cleaning means to remove the fish and to thoroughly clean the tank, substrate and decor. The purpose is to prevent an unexpected or unmonitored cycle with it's attendant ammonia rise. That's a lot of trouble to prevent a natural occurrence.

A better alternative in my opinion is to deliberately cycle your tank by monitoring ammonia and nitrite to make sure thy don't rise to toxic levels.

This requires a test kit when fish-in cycling a tank smaller than 5g. At least I would not attempt it without a test.

Change 50% of the water whenever ammonia or nitrite rise above 0.25ppm or weekly, whichever comes first. Dose Prime @ 2-drops/gal of tank size with water changes and 1-drop/gal daily until cycled.

It's that easy.
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