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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-27-2004, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hey now! I've read over and over how stirring up the substrate AT ALL can easily lead to algae break-outs. Is this true? Certainly it makes sense that you don't want to be knocking your root tabs out of place and sending all those lovely ferts into the water...

If so, how does one go about vacuuming the tank? ONLY take water from the water column, and leave the substrate basically untouched?

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It is somewhat true, I mean in soil substrates or any substrate which has NO3 can lead to algae when being stirred up. That's why you should be careful when using terrestrial plant sticks.

There is no need to vacum the substrate in a planted tank because plants will benefit from the fish poop that's in there.
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The substrate ferts should be no problem if everything was done correctly. Even if you scratch around the surface of the substrate because they should have been buried to the bottom of a 3" depth so vaccuming a bit on the top wont disturb them.
I usually just hover the tube a half inch or so over the top to suck up the loose debris and mulm when I am doing a water change and in some areas I just push the top 1/4 inch or so around lightly..

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