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twocents 11-28-2012 11:00 AM

Vacuuming gravel
Putting this out there: I do weekly water changes.. I use the opportunity to also lightly vacuum the bottom of the tank. There does seem to be sediment of varying size. I have always thought that it is part of tank upkeep just to get rid of some of the 'phnuk' from the gravel. I do not think I am over feeding the fish. I watch and they grab up virtually every particle that is given them. The tank is, I think, heavily planted.
Where does this leave the 'fewer water changes' and the aquaripure?
Is this crucial, to take some of the sediment out or, at least, filter the water through something like the vortex diatom filter.

Stormfish 11-28-2012 08:34 PM

Are you adding beneficial bacteria every week to help break the sediment and fish waste down?

1077 11-29-2012 05:54 AM

Most with heavily (subjective) planted tank's, seldom vaccum the substrate but do remove dead leaves from plant's.
Gunk you are vaccuming up, could be benefit to plant's assuming the tank is not overstocked/overfed.

twocents 11-29-2012 08:23 AM

don't do a heavy vacuuming. there is still plenty of gunk in the substrate.
the 20 & 29 are a tad overstocked.

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