01-06-2007, 05:08 PM
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Hey thanks for your reply!
I'm a newbie so here goes:
info on the tank:
400 liters/106 US Gals.
filtration: LAC Jebo cannister filter rated 1200 lph
hydor external heater, lit by two 36 watt tubes
2 clown loaches, 3 sterbas cory cats, 2 golden apple snails, 3 or 4? pond snails
two large pieces of mopani root, some rock which I don't know if it's natural or not
vals, hygro polys, red ludwigia, crypt beketti
nitrAte 25 (going to do a clean/water change soon)
I suppose I wondered what other people with planted tanks did...I was shown to stick my gravel cleaner down deep into the gravel and let it suck till the water seemed clearer, doing this in multiple places...this has the effect of seriously messing around with my plants. Do most people just skim the surface of the gravel? I'm just worried it won't be clean. The gravel is fairly deep, 2.5 inches at the front sloping to about 4 in the back...very small size, something like 2 mm pieces, natural pebbles.
It's planted fairly lightly (compared to photos I've seen!) at the moment, but I'm getting a Carbo Plus unit soon and hope to have much more planted area...thats why I was wondering, if 50% or more is covered in plants, how could I make sure the gravel was clean enough.