The important role of keeping your aquarium always clean is beyond dispute. Food, fish waste, dead plants are contained for a long time in your tank can throw off water chemistry and lead a lot of water problems.
But it is not easy to always keep it clean if there is an easy way to clean the tank without taking out everything in the tank? The answer is yes, you can use the best gravel vacuum to remove all the waste and remove the dirty water from the bottom part at the same time. This article will show you some steps to guide you on how to use your gravel vacuum.
Step 1: Prepare your supplies
In order to start cleaning your tank, you should prepare two items: A gravel vacuum (or an aquarium siphon, gravel cleaner) and anything you have to collect the water such as a plastic bucket placed next to the aquarium.
Step 2: Prepare your tank
You do not need to take your fish out of the tank because this process can make them more stressful than vacuuming the water under them. Instead, you should take any tank decorations that you have, because the waste tends to be contained underneath them.
Step 3: Vacuuming
Basically, this process uses gravity to stuck water and debris out of the tank. Leave the hose of the siphon inside the bucket. Then submerging all the tubes inside the tank and let it fill by water.
After it is filled, lift the tube out of the tank for the water run through the hoses into your bucket. When the water has receded about halfway done, submerging it completely into the water again.
At that time, the water will run into the bucket automatically. You need to point downwards the tube at the tank bottom to vacuum the gravel and remove all the debris. You should remove about 25% of the water in the tank at once time.