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post #41 of 43 Old 04-25-2012, 03:37 PM
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Ok, I have just poured it around on the surface but will add it near the filter return, sounds a good idea!

We all listen to you Byron, the Dark Knight, Jedi master, grand master wizard of all things fishy! All your responses are much appreciated, and everyone else's too!

As for substrate cleaning during water changes on a planted tank, just hovering the siphon above the gravel will suck enough away, like fish poo and un eaten food etc. not a good idea to dig the gravel cleaner in? Yet to use my siphon, have been doing water changes with a measuring jug lol.... Tank is only a couple or so months old..
I agree, Thanks Byron for everything! :)

You have the right idea for the gravel. I heard of some people not even doing that much...just taking the water out of the tank. I like to keep my nitrates in check though and not have too much organic matter decomposing.

I wouldn't go deeper in as it can disturb the gravel sending all that matter into the open water. Creates a nice mess. Sometimes you can go deeper without disturbing it. Although it sounds like its bad to have that decomposing matter down, it will benefit the plants more than anything.

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In most of my tanks (all of which are planted) I never touch the substrate. In two I do a light vacuum, but more because I have had a problem with cyano in one and my groups of loaches are in the other. But I suggest not vacuuming the substrate.

To Termato's issue of organics and nitrates, you should not have nitrates above 10ppm, and probably under 5 ppm in a natural planted tank. Organics are essential in the substrate for the complex relationship between bacteria, plant roots and water. I detail this here, there is a section on substrate:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-74891/

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In most of my tanks (all of which are planted) I never touch the substrate. In two I do a light vacuum, but more because I have had a problem with cyano in one and my groups of loaches are in the other. But I suggest not vacuuming the substrate.

To Termato's issue of organics and nitrates, you should not have nitrates above 10ppm, and probably under 5 ppm in a natural planted tank. Organics are essential in the substrate for the complex relationship between bacteria, plant roots and water. I detail this here, there is a section on substrate:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-74891/

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Thanks! I guess after reading that it would be best to not touch it at all.

My substrate is not too deep therefore it will be good for the tank.
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