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Vacuuming planted tanks
Old 12-13-2009, 06:45 PM   #11
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Maybe I am wrong for not being the compulsive- obsessive- vacuum lady like y'all are. But I just always left my tanks mostly alone, vaccumed out some left over foods, some dead leafs if they were within reach and that was it. All else I let built up the mulm and actually or specially in the shrimp & cray tanks that was highly appreciated and I NEVER had a NO-peak cause of this...

Maybe I'm wrong and y'all are right but this has worked for me for yrs with the mulm built up (and I actually think that's why my plants did so well w/out adding ferts to it - But let someone else judge this one)
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:57 PM   #12
Originally Posted by stephanieleah View Post
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.
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