How to Clean Fish Tank Gravel | HowStuffWorks

If you have sand in the bottom of your fish tank, the gravel cleaner will collect most of it.
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Oh no! You need to clean or buy some gravel and need to wash it! The substrate of a fish tank is a term used for the covering on the bottom of the tank. It is primarily used to enhance the beauty of an aquarium, but can also change the pH balance or chemistry of the water by introducing chemicals, minerals or particles into the water. It can also benefit or harm fish and other aquatic dwellers in the tank, so the substrate must be chosen carefully. Gravel is the most common type of substrate. It creates a natural environment for fish and other tank mates. It comes in several varieties and is easy to use. However, you must learn how to prepare fish tank gravel prior to placing it in your tank to protect your fish and other forms of aquatic life.
Learn fish tank gravel cleaning techniques from aquarium expert Joseph Caparatta in this Howcast video.
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I have a 5 gallon tank with one goldfish in it. The tank is several years old, and I haven’t really had any problems until recently. For the last couple of months I have been experiencing cloudy water. I have a bio-wheel filter system that seems to have worked great until now. I have tried small water changes, large water changes, carbon filter changes, addition of water conditioner etc. I typically do a 20% water change every week, cleaning the gravel with a vacuum and adding aquarium salts and water conditioner back. I think that I have had bacterial bloom, but I have not been able to get rid of it! I feed the goldfish one half of those frozen brine shrimp or ’emerald entree’ pieces, twice per day. Do you have any suggestions on how to get this under control? Thanks so much!! Changing your fish tank water and cleaning your gravel with aqueon siphon vacuum gravel cleaner is easy.
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Using an aquarium gravel cleaner is a great way to get rid of the organic waste that decomposes in your fish tank and they make water changes easier.First thing is, you do not need to remove the fish and decorations from the tank to clean it. Rather, you should only remove about 25-50% of the water while you are doing your gravel vacuum. The gravel can act as a filter by absorbing the debris and other organic waste, so keeping your gravel clean is part of keeping your fish tank clean, which is essential for good water quality and healthy, happy fish.Keeping the water quality in your tank high helps your betta fish remain healthy. The more time you let pass in between cleanings, more ammonia can build up in your tank. Ideally, you should clean the gravel in your betta tank once a week. During each cleaning, use the gravel vacuum to siphon out about 15 percent of the tank water from the bottom where the most debris has accumulated. Once a month, perform a large-scale cleaning to remove about 25 percent of the tank water. After each cleaning, replace the water you removed from the tank with fresh dechlorinated tap water at the same temperature as the water in your aquarium.If you don't have a gravel vacuum, you can also clean your betta tank's gravel by hand. This task is best completed when the aquarium is empty and the fish are in a temporary tank. To clean the gravel, remove it from the tank into a large plastic bucket and fill the bucket with warm water. Agitate the gravel by hand to release accumulated debris then drain the water, using your fingers to keep the gravel in the bucket. Repeat this process of rinsing and draining until the water runs clear, then return the gravel to the tank and refill it.If you liked this video, you will LOVE my book:

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The DIY aquarium vacuum is a fantastic way to keep your aquarium clean. Its cheap and easy to do. Not to mention, effective. This works well on gravel, sand or bare bottom. Basically, any substrate.

There air many things you can build with just using a basic fish tank air pump, this is just one of many.

If you remember, we have also made decorations and filters with them.