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How to clean the gravel in your fish tank?

In order to properly clean your aquarium you should follow the next step by step manual.

You should fill half a bucket with dirty fish tank water. Then fill the rest with clean tap water. Then you should mix them together, the new and the dirty water so there will be no injure to the fish by drastically changing the water.

Place your fish in the bucket.

Unplug the aquarium and the aquarium equipment from the electricity.

Drain the tank completely.

Take two cupful of dirty gravel and put it aside. Since cleaning gravel with tap water will destroy most of the waste eating bacteria, it is necessary to save some gravel with bacteria for later on.

Take the rest of the gravel and put it into two buckets.

Place a garden hose into one bucket and turn the faucet on full blast. Frequently rinse and stir the gravel until the water in the bucket gets clean.

Repeat the process with the second bucket.

Clean the aquarium tank with hot tap water without using any soap or cleaning materials. Clean the internal parts of the aquarium and then wipe the insides with a paper towel.

Put all the gravel back inside the tank in addition with the rest of the dirty gravel.

Refill the tank with clean cold tap water. Make sure you add a de-chlorinating agent to the tap water.

Plug in all the electrical parts.

Return all the fish to the tank.

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