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Old 08-12-2005, 04:15 AM   #1
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Deep Gravel Vaccum??

When I do water changes I usually do Deep Gravel Vaccums, I have about 1 1/2 - 2' of gravel in the bottom of my tank. and would that disturb the Bacteria thats growing and slow down the cycle?!? I just thought of this since the Bacteria is not free floating and well yeah, hope this is not the case!
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How long has your tank been running now?
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If your tank is mature, it doesn't effect your bacterial colonies. If not, it will.
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would that disturb the Bacteria thats growing and slow down the cycle?!?
nah coz it just removes the loose particals, theres probly still alot more of it still stuck to the gravel
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Old 08-12-2005, 10:41 AM   #5
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It will slow down the cycle. Bacteria is forming in the gravel as well as in the filter. After the filter is established, then it isn't a problem.
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Okay I guess I will stop the Gravel Vaccums for about 2-3 weeks, and the tank will have been running for a month asof Tuesday the Ninth.
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What are your test results? You are probably close to done.
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Is Python a DGV? I use that semi weekly and shove it down into my 1 1/2-2 inch deep gravel and suck junk out of it. Is this considered Deep Gravel Vaccum?

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The python is a device that you hook onto your kitchen faucet or garden hose or whatever water source you have that it will screw onto. You turn on the water and it will create a suction, removing water from the tank. At that point you do the gravel vacs. Then just turn the plastic piece on the base near the sink and it will start refilling the tank. VERY easy way to do gravel vacs and change water. No more hauling buckets.
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I wish I could find a python close around here, no lfs sell them. Although a petsmart is opening up in a month and my brother in law is the store manager . So hopefully I can get one through him at a good price. I need at least 50' maybe.
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