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iPesci 05-19-2007 11:31 AM

Vacuuming you tank
How often should you vacuum you tank out?

Amphitrite 05-19-2007 11:57 AM

I vacuum mine weekly along with the water changes. Prevents dirt from bulding up in the gravel/sand.

Along with this, I clean the inside of the glass with a cloth and scrape any algae off with the edge of a credit card.

fish_4_all 05-19-2007 01:31 PM

Same here, I gravel vac every week and do as much as I can. I get a little more because I also do 50% water change but unless your tank has an extremely low bioload I would say it should be done at least once a month if not more often just to prevent the chance of gas buildup in the substrate.

leifthebunny 05-19-2007 02:41 PM

I do mine once a week. As I only do 20% water changes, I only get sections of the gravel cleaned at a time. Even less so with my community tank which has the flourite. I'm almost tempted just to change out the flourite to cut down on the work in the tank. :P

misplacedsooner 05-19-2007 09:14 PM

once a week for me too and half gravel vac. like your avatars Kateyoup, always wondering whats next.
mike c.

Andyandsue 05-20-2007 07:56 AM

Once a week for me too, all 3 tanks. I use the vacuum to change the water, about 20-50%. The smaller the tank the more the water.

Love the Pink Floyd reference Kateyoup!

miagrrl 05-20-2007 11:34 AM

ditto- once a week. used to do it once every other week, and i had a lot of excess nutrients. in my 30 gallon i do one half of the tank one week, and the other side the next week- to avoid changing too much water at one time. i do a deep vac once a month (moving all non-living decor and getting underneath). for my 10 gallon, i can get away with every other week- since there are no live plants, and it is not heavily stocked.

iPesci 05-20-2007 05:01 PM

Thanks guy! You have really helped!

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