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How many water changes can I do?

I tore my tank apart the other day,and really disturbed the substrate. It has caused a bunch of particulate matter in the water column, so also it is covering the plants. If I shake the plants, it gets into the water column and just settles back onto them. I have removed the moss and washed it in a bucket, and have done two water changes. I siphoned what I could off the plants as well. The tank is still cloudy, and there is still a bunch of stuff on the plants. I also cleaned the filter out. If I don't get this off the plants, I know a big algae outbreak is next. How many water changes can I do, or do you have any other suggestions?
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do as many water changes as needed. Just leave the lights off. Light is the key for any algae outbreak... The plants will be fine with the lights off for a few days if it takes that long to clear up.


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Thanks MG. I kind of figured that out after I posted this. I am going to do a bunch of small water changes, specifically concentrating on getting it all off the plants. Well maybe my post will help someone else to realize how important it is to remove all DOC's and particulates such as this if you disturb the tank as such. *sigh* What a mess..
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DOC isn't necessarily bad.. You just need to clean the mess off the leaves so the plants can do its photosynthesizing thang.


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Take the big part off of your syphon and just use the hose. This will give you much more pressure and be more precise. You could do one leaf at a time if you want.


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