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post #11 of 11 Old 05-19-2011, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Austin View Post
Are the nutrients toxic to the fish? Like, should I bother vacuuming the unplanted areas?
In normal amounts, no. Everything goes back to balance. An aquarium, planted or non-planted, that is "balanced" will be healthy with regular maintenance. "Balanced" means the fish load is not beyond what the natural processes can handle in that volume of water, substrate, etc. Problems occur when this balance is out, usually due to too many fish for the tank's capacity, and/or insufficient maintenance for the fish/water ratio.

As for your second question, that also depends upon the balance. In some of my tanks I do, in some I don't.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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