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Old Yesterday, 02:54 PM   #1 
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well I bet no one has ever asked THIS question before!!!

so i bought a tank at the salvation army a few weeks ago and it has finally cycled. I noticed today that the some of the specs of dried paint on one side of the tank....are actually on the inside.....before i thought they were on the outside. they're small teenie tiny, ill post a pic in the comments, should i just scrape them out??? how can i get thepaint out with out crashing my cycle??...(DONT WORRY NO FISH IN THE TANK YET, I seeded it with gravel, plants, and filter media from an already cycled tank)

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your cycle shouldn't crash from cleaning the side of the tank. The bacteria should all be in the filter, or maybe some in the gravel.
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Old Yesterday, 03:43 PM   #3 
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changing all the water wont mess with it even tho its so newly cycled?
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oh, that could be a problem, i'm not sure, my tank refuses to cycle in the first place so I can't really give advice on what to do when you have one established
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That's okay. I bought a used tank that had fragments of dried marijuana embedded in the sealant...lol. Secondhand adventures!

I don't know if you need to clean that paint out. Conservatively, I'd say yes simply because you don't know what kind of paint it is, and it could be toxic.

Taking the filter out and doing a 100% water change shouldn't destroy the cycle, as long as you keep the filter wet. My suggestion is to get a bucket of the old tank water, stick the filter in it, and run it as usual while you clean the tank. If it's an HOB filter, you might need to use a big square piece of tupperware, instead. You'll probably get a mini-cycle from disturbing the bacteria in the substrate and scraping the walls clean, but the filter is where the majority of the beneficial bacteria lives, and I'd expect everything else to steady out in around a week, maybe a little less.
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