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Old 04-20-2013, 03:43 PM   #16
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I don't vacuum my planted tanks at all. Water change when the nitrates hit 5ppm or once a month, whichever comes first. Once I get enough plant growth, my nitrates barely rise above 0ppm and I just go to a once a month water change permanently. I also have snails, shrimp, and other critters helping to keep the substrate clean. I prefer the natural approach to a synthetic environment with sterile substrate, dosing ferts, high light, etc.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:13 PM   #17
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It's generally about aesthetics more than anything else. I don't mind seeing a bit of it, but if it bothers you to see it, then you're perfectly fine doing it every day if you want. Or you're perfectly fine not doing it at all. You're also perfectly fine at any point in the middle.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:44 PM   #18
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I think I figured out what was bothering me so much and since I am new feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think my albino cherry barbs are snacking on my rotalla and leaving debris all over, so it wasn't poop so much that I was vacuuming as it was dead leaves and such. I got myself a few nerite snails and hopefully they will help out
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