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Old 07-10-2005, 07:50 AM   #1
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How often should I do a gravel vac on my 55 gallon with two 7 inch oscars.It is all cycled.Will the gravel vac upset my balance of water parameters.I would like to do a DEEP gravel vac at least once a week if I can.Is this ok.?
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Not only OK, but advisable. Your filters are the main residence of the nitrifying bacterial colony so you should have no qualms about doing a deep gravel vac.
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Old 07-10-2005, 08:22 AM   #3
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do a DEEP gravel vac at least once a week
perfect
IME i'm set on, deep vac once a week and 2/3 water change at the same time.
but i have twice as many fish and twice the size tank.
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Sounds good. As long as the python is out, might as well vacuum the gravel.
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Old 07-10-2005, 01:18 PM   #5
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I vaccum while h2o changeing too
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I also deep gravel vac with each water change. The main bio filter is in the HOB and Can filters, so I am not too worried about the biofilter in the gravel.
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I gravel vacuum everytime.
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You can do deep gravel vacs as often as you can change the water... in other words you could do deep gravl vacs every day if you were so inclined... as pointed out before the bacteria for converting the nitrogen cycle is in your filters..
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Oscar's are big waste producers. Deep vacs would be perfect for your tank.
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Oscar's are big waste producers. Deep vacs would be perfect for your tank.
So very true this is. Also they eat so messy they will chew food and spit it back out.
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