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I have just river rocks as substrate in my tank but they are getting pretty dirty. I move them around when syphoning and lift them up to get the food and poop out but what about the rocks? I am worried about removing good bacteria if i clean the rocks. Will this happen? Shpuld i just do a few at a time or leave them or just give them a quick suction? So unsure,. Thanks for any advice.
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Most of the beneficial bacteria will be found in your cycled filters in things such as the media. It shouldnt cause any harm to clean the rocks, although i would clean them in tank water you have siphoned out. Doing half one water change and half another would also be a safe idea.
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Thanks Ben, i think i will put some sand on one side of the tank and reduce some rocks. My water parameters are all good but its just too hard to clean. I should remove my little ones then put the cleaned sand in. I have live plants so that will be good. I just dont want to lose any bacteria but my filter is looking manky. A quick wash in the aquarium water should be ok i think for the outside and a quick rinse of the sponge in the same water?.? Is tgat right? Keep using Prime!
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That should be ok for your filter as long as it’s not all parts at once. Make sure the sand is fine enough! Best of luck
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