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i have a 75 gal tank that has been set up for about eight years.low tech.syphoning is not an option,too many shrimp and expensive snails.will a chemical additive suffice in getting gravel clean? thank you,cornhusker
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I am afraid a chemical additive could do more harm to the shrimp than anything. Have you lot about siphoning into a bucket and just moving the shrimp back in to the tank that take a ride? I've done this with no ill effects to the shrimp.

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I am afraid a chemical additive could do more harm to the shrimp than anything. Have you lot about siphoning into a bucket and just moving the shrimp back in to the tank that take a ride? I've done this with no ill effects to the shrimp.
Agree with Sewingalot,
siphon in stages, don't do it all at once. I've siphoned half the tank and gone back a week later and siphoned the other half.


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What chemical would vacuum your gravel for you?
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Some of those water clearing chemicals can have an effect on some of the dirt in the gravel. Clumps things together and makes them "floaty" so they get stuck in the filter...
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I would not use flocculents in the aquarium in an attempt to reduce the number of gravel cleanings, etc.

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See if a fish net over the siphon will still remove the debris but keep the shrimp out.
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