• Hire someone else to do it? Or maybe you need lighter scuba gear (Now thats a really big tank). ;-) I'm going to assume this is one that you do not need scuba gear for. Most of the cleaning of any tank should be done by the filter and the helper life forms you have added to the tank. Helper life forms include (but by no means is limited to) snails and and cat fish. The filter should be one that is biological - this only means that instead of having something to change out frequently the filter is one which grow bacteria which eat the stuff fish leave in the water, eat floating algae, and other stuff Basically all you are doing is creating a self sustained ecosystem which is separated - the cleaners in the filter, the pretty stuff in the tank. In the natural world they all live together. What should be left is the very occasional wipe of the glass. Not even that in a well balanced tank. Tanks should become a balanced ecosystem for easiest care - this means that you have a diversity of flora and fauna (plants and critters) that work together to keep everything about the water in balance and also keeps it tidy. The reality is that once a tank is set up there should be no 'cleaning' needed unless something dreadful went wrong with the tank. More on the ecology can be found here: If you just set up the tank say with in the past three months, it is highly possible that your tank is still trying to reach its balance and cleaning it will result in it taking longer for the balance to be met. All in all if cleaning is needed there is no 'easy' way to do so. It is grunt work, will require getting your hands dirty and in most cases once you start cleaning you have to d a deep cleaning, which means pulling out the life, pulling out the sand/gravel/pebbles, fish toys blah blah blah and rising or washing all of those as well.
  • Start by emptying out first and find a temp location for the fish!

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