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Old 06-07-2021, 06:27 PM   #1
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Iím a relatively new fish owner. Iíve owned fish for about a year now. I went on vacation for 4-ish weeks and let my friend next door take care of my 8 neon tetras. I told him how to maintain my tank and all the essential information like water changes and scheduled feeding/cleaning. Came back and my tank was a disaster. The decoration was completely moved, dust was everywhere, food was clumping up at the bottom of the tank, etc. The picture below is AFTER I cleaned up all the dust and scraped off some of the algae. Iím not sure where to go from here. Would a water change after this long kill my fish? Any help is appreciated.
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If you are worried about a large water change affecting your fish then do smaller ones more regularly. Say 1 x 10% per day for a week rather than 1 x 50% change.

A gravel vac wont go amiss to clean up the waste food.

Are you able to test your water parameters?
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If you are worried about a large water change affecting your fish then do smaller ones more regularly. Say 1 x 10% per day for a week rather than 1 x 50% change.

A gravel vac wont go amiss to clean up the waste food.

Are you able to test your water parameters?
I am able.
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Just do the full clean. Fish will appreciate clean water. Think of a small pond getting a fresh rain storm after a drought. They'll be dancing
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Is there anything there that indicates an issue?
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