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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Can gravel vacing aquasoil cause a bacterial bloom?

Since its essentially soil, if I gravel vaced the entire tank at once could it be the cause of a bacterial bloom?

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Hi @mexicatz,

Absolutely! Gravel vacuum can remove and/or disturb the beneficial bacteria in the tank. This can cause a spike in ammonia and nitrites and may cause distress to fish and shrimp in the tank - just like going through the nitrogen cycle when a tank is first set up.

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Ya probably not in your best interest to tackle the whole tank at once.

When ever I deep vac my Aquasoil tank I do about a 1/3rd at a time and have never had a bloom of any kind. But doing the whole tank at once is probably asking for trouble.


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Ya I assume thats the cause because it happened in 1 tank and I thought it was because the media got clogged and slowed the filter. I just did it in my second tank and its getting cloudy too 1-2 days after a water change.

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