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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-21-2017, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Where and when to syphon?

I have a 75 gallon planted discus tank and I drain half the tank once a week. Should I be using my syphon in the open areas? I only use my pump right now.

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All tanks need to have methods adapted to fit that particular tank so it may take some time to see how things fall.
In general, I would think keeping a discus tank as clean as really able is good. From there is can depend on how the tank is set. A bare bottom tank and I would definitely chase every bit of debris I saw as that will reduce my filter cleaning needs. Filters only hide the junk where a siphon actually removes it so I siphon as the easier way when it fits.
A planted tank and dirt bottom will require lots different methods. One with a sand bottom will get less aggressive siphon but just enough to remove the top layer of things drifting around.
I look at siphons and filters as two different ways to get the same job done. They both remove junk so which I really depend on most will be set by which is easier for that specific tank. Some I find it easier to siphon it, some easier to clean the filter but the whole objective is to keep the nitrates and other pollutants down in the easiest way.
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