12-13-2009, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by stephanieleah
I never thought about it like that...does the waste really break down into a manure-like fertilizer?
I'm so glad for this thread because I vaccuum the crap out of my gravel, thinking that if any particles are still rising thorugh the vac, then I haven't done my job thoroughly. I wonder if leaving some of that stuff would help my plants.
Well they both are organic based and contain a lot of ammonia which is released as they break down. I've read some where that disturbing the gravel a lot in a planted tank thats been setup for a long time, can cause ammonia spikes. I've also been warned when moving my 55gal planted tank, that I may see ammonia on resetup even without fish. I'm not really sure about this though. I've taken down planted tanks and set them back up within a day w/o problems. That said the gravel is the last thing you want to disturb when taking down a planted tank. The water goes black as soon as you start scooping it out. I've always rinsed it before setting up the tank again. If you didn't, I wouldn't be surprised to see a ammonia spike do to all the waste you release.