View Full Version : Vaccuuming eco-complete

01-31-2008, 11:27 PM
I havent tried it in my new tank yet, but I am guessing that a lot of the smaller pieces of gravel will get sucked up in the vaccuum. This is my first time having eco-complete, should I be worried?

01-31-2008, 11:35 PM
depends. most gravel vacs have a gaurd to block small pieces of rock from getting sycked up, but even so you will probably still end up sucking in a lot of the gravel. Just give it a try and what ever gets sucked up put back.

01-31-2008, 11:56 PM
Yeah if you use the python no spill (best vac ever) there is a guard at the handle. The rock will go up the tube but stops at the gate inline.

02-01-2008, 01:27 PM
When I vacuum my eco-complete I wave the vacuum back and forth above the substrate. In this way the mulm gets disturbed and is sucked up into the vacuum but the eco-complete stays.

EDIT: I do the same thing with my sand tank.

Lady Hobbs
02-01-2008, 02:20 PM
I wouldn't shove the vac down in the gravel either. You got eco-complete because you want plants so let the plants use what's in there for fertilizer. Just clean up the poo and food from the surface.

02-01-2008, 02:42 PM
Good post Hobbs like her though I would barely sift through the gravel and let the gravel take of fertilizing the plants as it should.

02-01-2008, 02:53 PM
except in the areas where they aren't many plants. if there are any.