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Old 06-18-2009, 04:12 PM   #1 
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Gravel Vacuum

When using a gravel vacuum cleaner, do you remove everything from the tank, like the fish and the decor, etc? Or do you leave everything in there? I don't know.....
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:25 PM   #2 
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How big is the tank? If its big enough you can leave everything in there. If its small you might need to take the fish out so you dont suck him up, even though they still might try to swim in in the big tanks for somereason they think their poo leavingistheir food coming . As for the decor, it is fine to leave it all in there but you will probably knock it all around and dislodge the plants anyway. Every month or so I like to remove it all so I get a clear shot at the gravel so I can suck up every bit.
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Ok, it is a 10g. I took out everything, and vacuumed out about 40% of the water. was this ok?
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:32 PM   #4 
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Yah thats fine, I wouldnt take out more than 50% if your trying to cycle. I prefer to do 20%, 2g, once a week or more if I get bored. You can leave the decor in if you can still reach the gravel but taking it out is fine (just more work).
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ok, thanks.
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