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Tips on cleaning a 55 gal. fishtank?

ive had this behemoth for years. i live in my parents old house so when they lived here, my dad cleaned it. it has not had a "real" cleaning in over two years. once a week i'll add about 2-3 gallons into it with some drops and scrub down the sides of the glass for built up algae, and maybe every two weeks ill clean/replace the filter. but even though there are algae eating fish in there, i know i need to give the rocks a good cleaning and the other things that are in there. aside from dumping the tank out by the bucket, is there an easier way? TIA.

btw- the fish that are in there have also been in there for 2 years and are all still alive. i hope a deep cleaning doesn't shock them. and, it's freshwater.

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tnm786

Asked by tnm786 at 11:48 AM on Jun. 9, 2013 in Pets

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  • Do you know how to siphon? That's what my mom always did. She transferred the fish to smaller bucket or tanks, siphoned the water out. and then rinsed the rocks and "scrubbed them against each other and siphoned again until the water would come out clear. Refilled the tank, added her pH solutions and waited a few hours before returning the fish
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:53 AM on Jun. 9, 2013

  • Oh and when you remove the fish keep them in a solution of water they were in. with a little fresh water added.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:53 AM on Jun. 9, 2013

  • Here's an easy to follow step by step on youtube if you want.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yK7y0dKv00


    If you dont' trust links here's the title


    How To Clean A Fish Tank or Aquarium, Remove Algae, Pet Care

    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:18 PM on Jun. 9, 2013

  • thanks. it took me forever to clean the 10 gallon upstairs so im wiped for today LOL guess ill give it a try tomorrow.
    tnm786

    Comment by tnm786 (original poster) at 2:30 PM on Jun. 9, 2013

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