06-09-2008, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by athlete3344
Im somewhat new with this but from what Ive read, you aren't supposed to vacuum gravel really well each water change because the colony which turns nitrites into nitrates lives in it along on decorations and in filters.
I would wait until a more experienced person comes along but I wouldn't vacuum the gravel as much during water changes, maybe just the top layer, not enough to stir it around.
I appreciate the reply, but I am one of the more experienced people! LOL It's not a problem what I have here per se, it's just the opposite. I was just curious what everyone's opinoin is; Would you leave it and test daily to see how long it can go since obviously it can go longer, or change the water on schedule. My tanks are established and I always vacuum my gravel, including a slight stir unless I am in a rush. The only issue I get from that is a super-healthy tank, so there are constant fry in the gravel.