02-22-2013, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by NewFishFiend
In my devastatingly horrible ignorance, i didnt vacuum my gravel for about the first 5 weeks of owning my tank and definitely overfed. I thought that because my water was pretty then i was good lol. When i did vacuum it the first time, it was pretty horrendous. Since then ive been trying to just keep it minimal but removing any waste.
At this point with my ammonia levels dropping so dramatically, should i be concerned that i am still not registering any nitrites and chalk the lowered ammonia up to my pwc, or do you think i am okay and should see a nitrite spike soon? Im so worried that i did everything so wrong that i cant even make it right now lol.
The product i use to dechlorinate is start right by jungle. When im off work this weekend i plan on going to a real lfs, buying some live plants and hopefully some prime. I had been using the jungle start zyme at first too and im wondering if i have just completely messed things up with these chemicals.
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Generally a bad idea to use chemicals. A dechlorinator is a must for pretty much everyone, but beyond that (and a plant fertizer once you get plants) I would highly suggest avoiding them unless you know it is 100% necessary.
As to gravel vacuum you should be able to skim the surface of the substrate every week but it isn't necessary to disturb the gravel all that often. With rooted plants it can actually be good to leave the gravel undisturbed for prolonged periods as the plants will gather nutrients from the detritus or "crud" that gathers.
Edit: Personally I've used a couple jungle products and had nothing but problems with them. I would not recommend them at all.