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hywaydave 03-03-2012 11:11 PM

vacuuming gravel with plants
I'm just wondering how much gravel vacuuming one should do in a heavily planted tank? I try not to vacuum much around the plants or dig the tube too deep into the gravel because I do not want to damage the roots. Is it necessary to vacuum much of the gravel to keep nitrates down? Or is changing 25% of the water per week enough?

wannalearn 03-03-2012 11:24 PM

if its a heavily planted tank, then virtually no vacuming,,

Byron 03-04-2012 10:25 AM

Correct. The substrate is a source of nutrients for the plants, and should be left alone. You can read more here in the bit about substrate bacteria:

You mentioned nitrates; in a natural planted tank you should not have nitrate issues. What are your nitrates? Also, what is the light, and what fertilizers if any are you using? This is all inter-connected.


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