Good deal, my girlfriend and I want to get a 20/30 gallon tank for our bedroom. We'll probably use it as a medicine tank.
I do use a vacuum cleaner for our rocks and to drain the tank.
What do you mean by this?
... only rinse out the filter media with tank water ...
Are you referring to the actual filter gunk? I do rinse them out once under tap water, and then reuse it for a week before applying a new filter. Or are you talking about getting the new filters and pouring some tank water on them before putting them into the filtration system, as I again use tap water.
Also, can I go down to the beach and grab some sand, or do I have to buy it from a fish/pet store? I haven't done it, just wondering as I like the sandy look. I also have heard that sand is hard on filtration systems, but I do have a nice one.
I have a lot to learn
Oh and his tank is disgusting because he said he cleans it about once every six months — which to me is absurd. He also sits his tank in front of a window without any back coverage, which isn't bad, unless you don't clean your tank that often. I just don't understand how his fish aren't dead.