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when the cleaning should take place

for some reason, some people clean the substrate every 2 weeks, once a month, and barely at all. I look at these tanks that barely get cleaned on the bottom and they look great. Just a little insight would be great thanks.
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I don't clean any of mine. Don't know how I would if I wanted to. If your tank is heavily planted you can't really get down to the substrate to do it without uprooting the plants. With good circulation and filtration the water stays clean. Natural decompositon is good for plants. How does Mother Nature clean the bottom of a lake or pond every two weeks?

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That was a great answer Bugman!

I've been wondering if I have been too clean by siphoning the bottom once a month, maybe I'll let it go and see what happens
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Good circulation as bugman said. I don't clean my substrate but the current I have created lifts up most of the leaves. I go in with tweezers when needed to clear the intake or koralia.
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I go in with tweezers when needed to clear the intake or koralia.
I think I could clean my Koralia daily!!

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Alright thanks a lot guys....I want to remodel my tank over christmas break and not sure if i should put in new substrate?
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What substrate do you have in there now?





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Flourite's good stuff. Why are you considering replacing it, and what would you want to replace it with?





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o no, i mean its been in there a couple of months and i want to like remodel my tank cause i'm getting new and improved technology ahah. anyway i have a lot left so would that be a problem putting it on top of the old stuff?
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Nope, just rinse the new stuff really well first. And do a large water change afterwards.





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alright...when i washed it out the first time it was really muddy not sure if it was supposed to do that...its not like i'm new to this i just never used flourite
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If you're using the regular (brown or red) flourite you'll want to keep rinsing it till the water coming off runs at least mostly clear. Otherwise your tank water will look like the water coming off the flourite...





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alright i mean i'm not new to this but it said pre washed but i still washed it out and it was so muddy..was not sure if thats how its supposed to be or what?
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Yep, it's normal. Just keep washing till it gets better.





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