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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Complete tank breakdown -- is it necessary ?

I was reading in an aquarium book that I have that after 2 or 3 years a complete breakdown of the tank is vital, due to stagnation of the gravel and plants.I have one 55 gallon planted tank thats been running for almost 4 years, and the other 55 gal. has been running for 3 years. I do weekly water changes along with gravel vaccuming, and I test my water as well at the same time. My fish and plants are all doing well, and my test results are fine too. Should I just leave them alone and keep doing my weekly maintenance, or should I break them down, remove all the plants, wash the gravel, etc.Please, give me your advice!!
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I agree with Ash....leave the tank thrive. No one cleans out the rivers/lakes etc in the wild every couple of years lol.

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I'm no expert in planted aquaria, but I have kept a pond for many years. Without question, after 2-3 years, plants in a pond respond well to having everything torn out, cleaned and replaced, after the initial shock wears off. I suspect that leaves falling in, cold winters killing plant growth off, and other factors that aren't present in home aquariums are responsible for this.
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My vote is for leaving it alone.

Unless you are seeing signs of problems you have created a nice, stable environment, which with the regular maintenance you are doing should last much longer.

Many plants and indeed environments do respond to catastrophic treatment with vigorous new growth, but if it isnt broken why fix it?

just my two pence....

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