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Old 11-19-2014, 08:21 AM   #1
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root tabs question? Vacuuming?

Im noticing when I vac my gravel Im sucking up the broken down root tabs. I like getting a little into the gravel but don't want to keep having to put new tabs in every two weeks.

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I think I already have to get more since I vac'd all of the old ones up
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Don't vac a planted tank

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Old 11-19-2014, 09:25 AM   #3
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Don't vac a planted tank

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Mine isnt super duper planted though plus I dont have any carpet plants since its a mid light gravel.

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You can vacuum the surface of the substrate, but don't vacuum the gravel, especially where the plants are.
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Im noticing when I vac my gravel Im sucking up the broken down root tabs. I like getting a little into the gravel but don't want to keep having to put new tabs in every two weeks.

Any tips?
I think I already have to get more since I vac'd all of the old ones up
Hello Nick...

Vacuuming removes beneficial bacteria living in the substrate and nutrients in the form of organic fish and plant material. Everything in the tank dissolves in the tank water, so to maintain healthy nutrient levels and water conditions, just keep removing and replacing the water on a regular basis, no vacuuming is necessary.

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Old 11-19-2014, 10:15 AM   #6
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Hello Nick...

Vacuuming removes beneficial bacteria living in the substrate and nutrients in the form of organic fish and plant material. Everything in the tank dissolves in the tank water, so to maintain healthy nutrient levels and water conditions, just keep removing and replacing the water on a regular basis, no vacuuming is necessary.

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Man so I spent 25 bucks on a fancy vac for nothing lol.
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:41 AM   #7
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Man so I spent 25 bucks on a fancy vac for nothing lol.
Hello again NIck...

You can still use the vacuum. Just cover the end that goes into the tank with a piece of nylon hosery or cut off the webbing from an old fish net. Use a rubber band to attach it. That way, you just suck up water and nothing else.

Pretty simple.

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I have plants and I vacuum my gravel. You just have to be careful about where the roots are and not get too carried away with the vacuum


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If you can see debris in the gravel in areas where you don't have plants, go ahead and vacuum. You can also swirl the vac above the surface to stir things up, or use a turkey baster to blow detritus into the water column.

I would say there aren't many who can truly skip vacuuming altogether.

Keep root tabs under a plant so they're not in the area where you vac.


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