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I was just curious how everyone performs water changes, more specifically do you disturb the gravel bed slightly to stir up detritus or leave it alone and just siphon out the water?
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I leave it alone, and just siphon the water. If there are areas with a lot of detritus, then I suck it up. I do not ever disturb the gravel.
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[ditto].

This especially applies to anyone with substrate ferts. You stir up things too much, and you'd be heading for green-water country.

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I like to use the gravel vac to get detritus on the suface of the gravel normally. If I'm moving plants around, as I uproot them I vacuum the gravel a little deaper to give a more thourough cleaning and to prevent a lot of detritus from getting kicked up into the water column. I only use a few plant spikes that are plastic with fertilizer balls inside so i don't have to worry about disturbing them.
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I just siphon water with the python and If I see anything floating on top of the substrate Ill vacuum it up but not down into the substrate.
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I usually disturb the sustrate a littel pit. When I suck stuff off the top, I go down about the thickness of two pieces of gravel, about 1/4 of an inch, and get the stuff that hasn't made it's way deep into teh substrate. I do this because I have a crazy Dojo loach that is almost startign to get too big for the tank. Half the time he will just take off across the tank, and then back again goign as fast as possible, and kicking up any crap that hasnt' made its way into the substrate.
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Thanks for the replies. It sounds like I am doing the right thing (I only siphon out the water). I do have fertilizer in the substrate so I figured it wouldn't be a good idea to disturb it.
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