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hey guys,i was wondering..when you guys do a water change in your aquarium,how do you guys wash your small gravels or sand..or just leave it there? because i have a tank with sand in it and i need to do a water change and dont know what to do about the sand..please reply fast
 

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I don't gravel vacuum when I do my water changes; I simply hover over the substrate and let any excess debris/mulm that has accumulated get sucked up.

I think most people that keep planted tanks do not gravel vacuum as it disturbs plants.
 

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oh...so you just suck up the stuff above the gravel?
 

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Check out the Eheim sludge extractor and its reviews. Cleaning via siphoning never worked for me. I got an Eheim cleaner last week and it is brilliant. The best part is you don't need to change water to clean sand/gravel.
 

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oh...so you just suck up the stuff above the gravel?
Pretty much.

Check out the Eheim sludge extractor and its reviews. Cleaning via siphoning never worked for me. I got an Eheim cleaner last week and it is brilliant. The best part is you don't need to change water to clean sand/gravel.
I used it for some time, and it was OK. However, I can't justify the price tag! :icon_eek:
 

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I vacuum that gravel in my tank, only because it always looks so damn dirty. I have been trying to add more plants to use up the fish waste, but I still need to vacuum at least once a week. Its a real pain though with a bunch of rocks, wood, and plants.
Any suggestions for tallish big plants that will take up some space in the back and use up alot of waste?
 
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