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Clean or don't clean the gravel?
Old 10-14-2010, 10:32 PM   #1
 
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Question Clean or don't clean the gravel?

Hi everyone,

I'm looking into getting a goldfish for my new aquarium. The local pet store here in town says I don't need to suction the crud out of my gravel. They say if i get the nitrogen cycle under control, with sufficient good bacteria, I don't need to. Most websites I've visited about goldfish care say I need to clean the gravel along with regular water changes. I was just curious about your guys' opinions on this matter.

Thanks a bunch!
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
 
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You will always need to use a gravel vac/ siphon tube to remove waste matter from your tank no matter which fish you keep- and especially for fish with high bioloads like goldfish. If you're not removing the solid waste and uneaten food why even bother doing a water change?
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:32 AM   #3
 
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I agree with cleaning the gravel. All the fish poo and uneaten food sinks to the bottom.
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:25 AM   #4
 
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Clean the gravel!
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:13 AM   #5
 
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Clean the gravel, make sure your aquarium is big enough, mega filtration and you're sweet :)
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:23 AM   #6
 
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Also, before you get a goldfish Look into how huge they can get. Most people are unaware of how huge of a tank is needed for Goldfish. They continue to grow and having them in a tank that is too small will be detrimental to their long term health. Something to think about before making the decision to get one. :)
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:31 AM   #7
 
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You have to clean the gravel even more often with goldfish. They are pretty messy fish.
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:16 PM   #8
 
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Thanks everyone! Clean gravel it is! I figured something wasnt right with the pet store's advice
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:39 PM   #9
 
if you get 1 small goldfish and a massive amount of live plants and a really powerful filter with lots of bio filtering u might be able to get away with not vacuuming the gravel...
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:58 PM   #10
 
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if you get 1 small goldfish and a massive amount of live plants and a really powerful filter with lots of bio filtering u might be able to get away with not vacuuming the gravel...
Goldfish don't really come in "small", at least not for long. Maybe a baby one in a 40 gallon or so you could get away with it for a short time. XP

If you're gonna get in there and do a water change it's not like vacuuming the gravel is going to really take any extra effort. Such strange advice.
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