Originally Posted by pettygil
Next time I do a water change I will clean the gravel. I also have blood worms to feed my fish, along with fish flakes, and small pellet food. my betta's love their pellet food as well. Thanks for your reply. Can bettas eat blood worms to?
Hello, if you haven't cleaned your gravel in a while I would suggest you break it up. I would do it in thirds. Be sure to test about 12-24hrs afterwards to make sure water parameters acceptable.
Substrate holds a substantial amount of good bacteria. If you clean all you will be removing a good amount. This in turn may cause ammonia spike or mini cycle. Both can harm your pets.
I would lightly go over 2/3rds of surface of substrate so looks clean & deep clean remaining 1/3rd. Each time you do maintenance you can increase by a fraction & eventually you can do as whole if wanting or just leave in 1/3rds your choice. Bacteria will increase in filter enough to handle bio load. Hopefully this helps!!!!!