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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-17-2004, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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How Aggressive Do you Vacuum your tank?

Coming from the world of fish only tanks, when I would change my water, I would jam my siphon vacuum tube into the gravel bed to suck up a lot of the crud buried in the gravel.

My guess is that this isn't the best approach for a planted tank, but I assume one needs to atttend to the bottom somewhat? How agressive are you guys with siphoning the bottom? Just skim the tube over the surface? Or do you dig in?

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hmm i'd like to know also
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Hi Steve,

When I vacume my gravel, I go down no more than a half inch or so. I do hold it there for a few seconds though so it can pick up some of the crud thats further down.

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Vacuum? What's that?

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haha

perhaps I should mop it instead
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I just let it hover above areas I believe has the most mulm
Never into the substrate though


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I'll go into the substrate a little bit in the open areas -- more to aerate than anything else -- and then just hover over the planted areas to pick up any poo on the surface.

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Agreed on the skimming the surface, definitely not on putting the vaccum into the gravel. Especially if you have smaller gravel. I have always used #2 or so gravel (1/8 inch grains) in planted tanks, and you can very easily siphon it out. Now I'm using Eco-Complete, and many of the grains are like sand. I'd be afraid of sucking it right out.
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I only vac the surface. rarely do I go into the substrate.

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I let it hover over an area that looks like it has excessive buildup but why would you want to pull your fertilizer from the substrate all my root feeders seem to do much better once there is a little mulm build up not really an issue anymore since i switched to a much finer base "almost sand"

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Just hover over the surface as others have stated. Running sand right now, and wouldn't want to suck any of it out. Recently stopped skimming over the surface of the sand also. The MTS are really doing their fair share w/driving it down.

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I used to get the gravel fairly clean only where it was obviously nasty, but I've become even lazier and now I get the siphon going, throw the end of the hose out the doggie door and onto the grass, and leave the room for a while.

It's getting cold. I wonder how an ice slick made out of disgusting tank water will feel on the bare feet...
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I've become even lazier and now I get the siphon going, throw the end of the hose out the doggie door and onto the grass, and leave the room for a while.
The last time I left the syphon unattended, it sucked up a fish.
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i stuck a filter inlet pipe on my python tubing... no way to suck up fish... can't fly out when re fillign either
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I don't vacuum. So far (over a year) I've had no trouble... It's a small tank with a lot of flow and a fairly light bioload, though...so maybe that has something to do with it.

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