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Matty_808 06-14-2007 11:36 PM

Gravel cleaner
 
Just a simple question.....i do water changes every week and a small little vacuum.....my question is will i ever need to move my tank orinmates and vacuum the whole tank and if so how often should i do that....maybe 1 a month?

Lupin 06-15-2007 12:05 AM

Re: Gravel cleaner
 
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Originally Posted by Matty_808
Just a simple question.....i do water changes every week and a small little vacuum.....my question is will i ever need to move my tank orinmates and vacuum the whole tank and if so how often should i do that....maybe 1 a month?

You can move around your ornaments. Vacuum the whole tank everytime you do a water change.

leifthebunny 06-15-2007 08:01 AM

You will want to move the ornaments around every so often to stir up the substrate to improve flow to prevent anaerobic bacteria. I wouldn't recommend doing it too much as it will stress the fish. You can gauge your fish when you do it to see how often you will be able to do it.

mHeinitz57 06-15-2007 08:12 AM

you will often find that a lot of debris and waste actually collects around and under ornaments depending on the behaviors of your fish and the direction of water currents in the tank. I know that at my fish store when I do gravel vacs, some of the messiest areas are underneath ornaments. Also, good call on the previous post about preventing anearobic bacteria, normally that could happen if you have any large ornaments that cover a large area of your gravel.

Matty_808 06-15-2007 09:16 AM

yes i do if you look at my picture u can c i have a big pirate ship and a big piece of driftwood......the last water change i did i moved those 2 things around and started to stir up the gravel and wow i thought my fish were gonna die in like a matter of minutes.....i never knew so much stuff could build up underneath.....and yea i guess ill do that every 2 weeks to do a full vacuum just so i don't stress out my fish....thx for the advice everyone.

mHeinitz57 06-15-2007 01:33 PM

try not to stir everything up if you can avoid it. The more nutrients you throw out into the open water, the more heterotrophic bacteria will form in the tank and you can easily get a cloudy haze in the water. When you move the ornaments, pick them up ever so gently with the gravel vac ready to start sucking. You will do a more effective job gravel vacing if you can suck it right off the bottom and not stir it up too much.

Matty_808 06-15-2007 02:58 PM

i got it thanks for the tip :)

Amphitrite 06-15-2007 03:04 PM

If this helps, here's what I do. I do one quick gravel vac just to get rid of the worst of the dirt in the tank. I then leave it for about five minutes for any stirred up waste to settle on the bottom of the tank again and then do another gravel vac. I find this way I get it cleaner.


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