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Vacuuming substrate during weekly water change?

Discussion in 'Fish for Planted Tanks' started by nwozniak, Dec 12, 2012.

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    nwozniak New Member

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    I see a lot of people have automatic water changers on their tanks. Obviously they cannot vacuum the substrate with those systems. I have been doing my weekly 50% EI water changes vacuuming the gravel as I go. I just added some discus to the tank this week. During my weekly maintenance on Friday and thus-forward do I continue with the vacuuming? My plants haven't quite filled in all of the floor yet, but are spreading nicely.

    any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated.
     
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    Basically you're vacuuming out food for your plants. I will only vacuum after uprooting. The trick is not to let it get so bad that the substrate clogs or that it gives a lot of debris when uprooting plants. Definately not a weekly job.
     
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    That's partially what I thought. That's ok for my discus then? Oh, and thank you soo much Dutchy for helping me earlier with my discus questions. How are your's doing btw?
     
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    You might have mixed me up with someone else.....I don't have discus.:)
     
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    Looks like you have to buy some Discus now:) I will lightly vac out the mulm if it gets mess or the tank has not had that for a few months.
    I like to keep the sediment fluffy a bit, not mashed and compacted down.
     
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    Dutchy, yes, I had you mixed up with Gerryd. My bad. :)

    But Tom is right...
     
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    Well I don't have discus either.....unsure WHO you mean now....
     
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    You both must now buy discus:)
     
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    No....I just put 40 coral red pencils in my tank....I'm broke ;)
     
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    I must adapt my reality to theirs? lol
     
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    Sorry, you pointed me to a thread from one you started back in '08 and you were asking about them. I guess I just assumed... You know what happens when people assume...
     
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