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When you use the gravel vacuum. Do you:

1) Hoover loose rubbish off the top

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2) stick Hoover into gravel to suck up rubbish lower down?
 

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I GENTLY move the vacume in and around the substrate and plants penetrating the first 1/2" or so being very carefull not to damage the plant roots...mine is a battery operated Ehiem unit that returns water to the aquarium..
 
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When you use the gravel vacuum. Do you:

1) Hoover loose rubbish off the top

Or

2) stick Hoover into gravel to suck up rubbish lower down?
depends on the substrate. 1 for sand, 2 for gravel. Like was mentioned, with plants you want to be careful about damaging the roots.
 

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I was gonna ask about recycling the water. My tank is only small and only get a short time when I start hoovering before 20% of my water is gone. I was thinking of running the water through some filter media before putting the water back into the tank and vacuuming a bit more of the tank
 

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Battery Hoover

I think their junk but they do let you vaccum till your hearts content with removing water
R
I cant speak or that brand but the eheim one I have is actually really nice. But make sure you still change your water. Its pretty fast so i can use it while im changing my water to speed up the process on my larger tanks.
 

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I cant speak or that brand but the eheim one I have is actually really nice. But make sure you still change your water. Its pretty fast so i can use it while im changing my water to speed up the process on my larger tanks.
Oh, Eheim very top of the line, how overpriced was that?
I can't speak I have never used one personally
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Lol thought there was gona be a fight all over a gravel hoover
 

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Next she will say she got an iron to take the creases out her plants lol
 

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But on a slightly serious note. Would it be bad to recycle my water when I'm vacuuming as I don't want to change more than 20% at a time and I don't feel I have the chance to really clean enough of the gravel. My tank is only about 10 liters so 2 litres is about 20% if I'm lucky I get to clean 20 - 30% of the gravel.
 

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I own an iron
But i havent used it in years lol;-)
But i'm curious why only 20%? Unless you have a specific reason why not its usually perfectly safe to do much more. Often my tanks will get a 50-75% water change. If your just putting the water back in so you can vacuum more I dont see a problem but it seems like more effort then its worth. You dont have to always vacuum all of your gravel. However peronally id just go up to 50% for water changes.
 

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An iron is a thing you use for a golf short game. Lol

I only do 20% as it's a small tank I do however do a couple of water changes ever other week.
 

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I thought 5ltr out of a 10ltr tank is a lot worse than 30ltr out of a 60ltr tank
 

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Only if your water chemistry from your tap is a good bit diffrent then your tank should you worry. If its not that diffrent then 5gallons out of 10 or 100 out of 200gallons should all be fine.
 

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I thought 5ltr out of a 10ltr tank is a lot worse than 30ltr out of a 60ltr tank
It's the same difference. 50% is 50% is 50% :)
 

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I cant speak or that brand but the eheim one I have is actually really nice. But make sure you still change your water. Its pretty fast so i can use it while im changing my water to speed up the process on my larger tanks.
Me too, I've got an Eheim and although pricey at 47 euros it is well worth it. I did have a cheap one that used a sock to catch the dirt in but they then cost to keep replacing.
 

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It's the same difference. 50% is 50% is 50% :)
And honestly if anyone experiences chemistry swings i'd think it would be you since you change your water like once in a blue moon then do 80% . But your fish have always seemed healthy and well kept. Only out of curiosity would i bother checking when years of experience preceed any testing.

Me too, I've got an Eheim and although pricey at 47 euros it is well worth it. I did have a cheap one that used a sock to catch the dirt in but they then cost to keep replacing.
I do love that toy. But as Rickey said I did drop half of a C note on it however I never claimed to be tight or even responsible with money. I like buying stuff out of pure curiosity instead of *need* :-D
 
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