Claire Corlett

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125g African Cichlid Aquarium – Deep Cleaning / Rescape

125g African Cichlid Aquarium – Deep Cleaning / Rescape


Hey everyone, Steve Poland here. And a recent video by a fellow hobbyist reminded
me that I was overdue for a deep cleaning and rescape on my 125 gallon all male African
Cichlid aquarium. I’ve always planned to remove some of the
rocks as the fish got bigger, and it’s also a good idea to remove all of
your rockwork periodically and deep clean the tank to remove the solid waste that’s
impossible to hit with a siphon or gravel vac during regular maintenance. My first step was to remove as much debris
as I could using the python. This is similar to what I would normally do
during a water change. I
then removed each rock and placed it on a tarp on my floor to avoid getting the carpet
wet. I then went through with the python again
to get the sand as clean as I could. This is the most important part of the process
and I think it’s important to take as much time as necessary. The fish may be a bit stressed
but they will be happier in the long run. I then hooked up my pump to keep the water
draining while I used a sponge to clean the inside of the glass. My bristlenose plecos
keep it pretty clean but I still do this every time I do a water change. Then it was time to put the rocks back in
the tank. Since the whole goal was to give the fish more swimming space, I picked the
five largest rocks and spread them out over the length of the tanks. The extra rocks will
either go into another tank or into storage. Once I was satisfied with how it looked, I
removed the pump and did another quick vacuum to hit anything that I had either missed or
stirred up during the adding of the rocks. Finally, I added my Seachem Safe and and began
refilling the tank. As much as I loved the rockwork before, with
large peacocks and haps it’s really not an ideal setup and I think that this will work
much before for them in the long term. As always, I’d love to hear from you down
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