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Question about gravel.
Old 08-02-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
 
Question about gravel.

Should I be vacuuming the gravel every week when I do a 22% change? I have a gravel vacuum so should I use that when I do a 20% change? Also, what about the filters? I have two in it right now.
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:33 PM   #2
 
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I would vacuum every time you change the water and I see no reason to stop at 22% unless you are buying RO water or have a water shortage. I do 50% water changes every time, 2 to 4 times a month. My frequency of water changes is based on bio-load. I understock most of my tanks. The nice thing about a 50% changes is that you are cutting waste levels in half assuming that your water source is 0.

how big is the tank and what are the current filters?
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:07 PM   #3
 
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What about the filters? How often/ how do you clean them? That depends on your filter type, but generally, I do my w/cs weekly 30-50% depending on tank size and bioload. I sqeeze/rinse any filter media in tank water (in a separate container) at least every other water change. I make sure to clean the whole filter (impellers, impeller chambers, inside of filter walls, hoses, etc) every month. I change the fine filter floss completely when it's so super dirty that I can't rinse it clean or every 6 months). I swap out 1/3 of bio media once a year. I don't use chemical filtration, but if you do, you will replace this once a month. Basically, a quick guide for most filter types.

**make sure not to rinse any filter media in tap water!!!!! Keep your beneficial bacteria going. Don't swap out more than one media at a time.
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