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Re-Aquascaping AGIAN!!!
Old 11-19-2011, 05:37 PM   #11
 
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if its planted then the plants will "eat" it
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:54 PM   #12
 
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So you're saying that you shouldn't vacuum the gravel during water changes in a planted tank? Don't you eventually need to remove some of the waste in the gravel?
Yes to the first question, No to the second. Provided the tank is biologically balanced.

There is quite a complex biological process going on in the substrate of a healthy aquarium, and in my view it should not be disturbed. You can read the detail in the second part of my article:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-74891/

But in a nutshell, all the waste works down into the substrate where bacteria break it down; snails help considerably as they break down the larger bits quicker, making it easier for the bacteria. This produces nutrients. CO2 as previously mentioned, but also many others. Plant roots and different bacteria use some of these, and plant roots produce oxygen, and a lot of it. The depth of the substrate affects all this, as does the fish and plant load.

It is yet another example of letting nature do the work, because nature is just better at doing it than all our technological equipment.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:58 PM   #13
 
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so should i go through with my plan? THe only negatives i see here is buying the plants and removing the old plants and disturbing the inhabitatns of the tank.

Woudlnt my malaysian trumpet snails be sufficient for stirring the sand?
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:36 PM   #14
 
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Woudlnt my malaysian trumpet snails be sufficient for stirring the sand?
Yes. I never touch the sand (or gravel) and I have these snails. Busy as a beaver certainly applies to these fellows.
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