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Old 04-18-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Fish waste


I hesitate to ask this question cuz it might be one of the dumbest questions ever asked, but here goes.
I am new to planted tanks and actually tanks in general. I've had my 29 gallon up and running for almost a year with some success. My question is, if fish waste is helpful in fertilizing my plants, am I being counter productive by vacuuming it regularly, like 2-3 times a week? If so, how long do I let those little poops stay in there?
Please go easy on me if this is indeed as stoopid a question as I am afraid it is
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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Once I got about medium planted, I quit vacuuming the tank. I just change water regularly with a tap I installed in my CO2 reactor.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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Depends on stock of everything else in tank.

# Fish?
# of Plants/types?
Substrate depth?

In general, gravel vacuum disturbs root uptake of nutrients, but lightly skimming the surface (~1/2in above gravel) should have little effect. This depends on nutrient levels in water column during water change however.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:36 PM   #4
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Depends on stock of everything else in tank.

# Fish?
# of Plants/types?
Substrate depth?
this. i had a bristlenose pleco that had massive amounts of poop, had to vacuum a few times a week so it didnt look horrid. got rid of that sucker two weeks ago and havent vacuumed the poop out since.
yes it is good fertilizer for plants, but in moderation!
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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Vacuuming the gravel three times a week is borderline OCD. All you need to do is lightly vacuum the top layer of substrate every week or two and your plants will thrive, while keeping your tank clean.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:52 PM   #6
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Vacuuming the gravel three times a week is borderline OCD. All you need to do is lightly vacuum the top layer of substrate every week or two and your plants will thrive, while keeping your tank clean.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:00 AM   #7
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:08 AM   #8
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Plenty of people don't vacuum at all, ever, since it's counterproductive if you're keeping a natural style, low tech aquarium. That stuff is food for the plants.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:29 AM   #9
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thanks for all the responses. i will let nature take its course and cut back on my vacuuming.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:01 AM   #10
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I have 2" MTS & 1" of Sand Cap. I never vac. - Don't even own one. I can watch as a sm. pc of dirt uprooted from planting works it's way through the sand back to the dirt layer. Same happens to fish waste. I seldom remove dead plant leaves either, allow snails to consume them.

The hardest part of this hobby is keeping your hands out of the tank.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:37 PM   #11
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The hardest part of this hobby is keeping your hands out of the tank.
However, when you do stick your hands in the tank and stir stuff up, it makes you question whether or not foregoing the vacuum is a good idea. Thankfully, good filters clear up doubts.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #12
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I never vacuum and my plants and fish and shrimp do wonderful. If you think the bottom is getting a little 'dusty' get a pack of cories to fix the issue.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:04 AM   #13
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I'm going through the same period of adjustment. I used to deep vacuum my gravel every Sunday morning, religiously. I would vacuum and vacuum until I saw that there was nothing left to pick up. But I haven't vacuumed at all since I set up my new planted tank.... but I don't have many fish yet, so I'm not seeing a lot of waste. I'm afraid that once I start actually seeing it, I will want to vacuum it. I'm hoping to have enough plants that it won't be an issue.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:13 AM   #14
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However, when you do stick your hands in the tank and stir stuff up, it makes you question whether or not foregoing the vacuum is a good idea. Thankfully, good filters clear up doubts.
Stir 'What' stuff up?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFzsDlC2N8E

My filter is more of a water circulator than filter but, it is pretty good.
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I never vacuum my tanks and there is never any build up.
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