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Old 09-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #1 
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Gravel Vacuuming

Simple question! Do i just take everything out of the tank and then vacuum through the gravel?
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:14 PM   #2 
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I don't, it's too much work and too stressful for the fish. Just vacuum around it. You won't get everything, but that's ok.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:16 PM   #3 
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Okay, but it's safe to leave the fish in?
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:24 PM   #4 
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Yes, just keep it low to the gravel. Unless you have fry then no it isn't safe. My girls are so curious they always swim up to it to see what it is.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:26 PM   #5 
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Maybe my vacuum is just crappy, (lol!) but I've never had enough suction going to suck up even a small female. :) Fry...yes, I could see that, but not a full-grown fish. :)
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:35 PM   #6 
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I do gravel vaccum when i do 100% water change weekly and when i do it i take out everything out and put fish in small bowl while i do cleaning and change. after all those i set the tank back and put in everything back. Well this is how i do with my tank.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:23 PM   #7 
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Thank you everyone!
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #8 
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Another thing you can do, which I learned to do, when doing a complete water change is to take everything out and really shake up the gravel to get all the particles floating. I wouldnt recommend doing that with a fish in the tank tho :)
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:20 PM   #9 
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I never do a 100%, but I have 2 five gallon tanks. One has a filter and live plants, the other has live plants. With a filter and live plants, you don't need to do a 100% change.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:44 PM   #10 
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+1 to Hogan. Cycled or NPT tanks should never have a 100% change. :)
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