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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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cleaning gravel a nano tank??

hey guys, i was wondering how you guys clean the gravel in your nano tank.

my tank looks like this, java moss growing how would i go about cleaning the gravel im confused what do you guys do, the tank is a 2.5gal
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 08:37 AM
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Why do you feel you need to clean the gravel?

If your water parameters are OK, all the food and detritus in the gravel will be digested by microorganisms, and eventually used by the plants. It would be very hard to clean your gravel without disturbing everything.

To anser your question: I do not clean the gravel in my nano tanks (half gallon, 2.5 gallon, 4 gallon and 6 gallon). I overfeed at the start, to get some mulm in the substrate, and then let the plants and snails take care of the rest. I use plain gravel, no expensive substrate, and after a few months the gravel becomes fertile with all the stuff accumulated there.
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i read somewhere and i have some planarias in my nano tank, its due to overfeeding, and no gravel cleaning. so i thought maybe it was a good idea to do some water changes and gravel cleaning as planarias live off of decaying stuff. and i have shrimps in there so i want them in there by themselves and i read somewhere that the planaria has something on there surface thats poisonous to shrimps
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