You're quite right to discourage her from stripping the tank down - every time this is done the essential nitrifying bacteria, which break down the liquid waste from the fish, are killed and it's basically like starting with a brand new tank again - something you don't want to do when you already have the fish! To keep the tank clean, the best way to go is to invest in a gravel syphon and do weekly water changes of about 20% of the tank's volume with this. the solid waste can be removed from the gravel by this method and the bacteria are left alone to build up to sufficient numbers to cope with the liquid waste. The result is happy fish and happy fishkeepers!
I got a gravel cleaning device recently and it's fantastic!!! you can see all the mess coming out of the gravel! and it empties the water very quickly with no drips or spills - this is handy as my tank is in my bedroom
Hi again Its called a gravel cleaner but you can also use it if you have sand, basicly its a tube attached to a hose and when you stick it in the gravel and start the syphon it sucks the muck out of the gravel/sand with some water, you can also get ones that don't take water too, but the basic ones do so you can do apart water change at the same time as clean the substrate.
yep, I have one of these, invaluable, you can get different sizes, be careful with smaller fish, fry, snailes, etc even got my goldfish stuck up there once, you start by pust the large end in the tank down the bottom somewhere, then take the end of the tube and suck the water, watch as it gets near the end, and put the tube in a bucket you then just like vaccum the gravel, to stop it, if you see a fish in the tube then just lift the end out of the water, I am usually so intend on my hoovering I forget to keep an eye on the water level in the bucket, and sometimes end up flooding the carpet. Never clean your gravel or completely empty your tank, if the quality of the water is still low after a 25% water change, than do small water changes daily no more than 10% soon gets back up to normal. This would normally result because of overstocking or over feeding. di
I think i've got the Interpet one, i got the large one for £6.99 at Pets at Home as that was the cheapest but best i saw I wish i had got the medium size one now for £4.99 as it takes a bit of work to get enough water in the tube to begin syphoning and then when it starts it is very very quick, i nearly did the same and overfilled the bucket! I put the fish in a seperate bowl as i thought they might get sucked up as they are inquisitive little devils My gravel cleaner is colourless so you can see all the mess going into it