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  1. Default When do you vacuum and clean the gravel?


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    Our tank is finally fully cycled. Our parameters are less than 0.25ppm ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5 nitrates.

    Now we've been trying our hardest to maintain a cycle with fish, now that its complete we are wondering when we can start vacuuming our gravel. We don't want to disrupt the work we put into this cycle so I want to know exactly what we're supposed to do now so we don't have to start from scratch hehe

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Once your tank is cycled, you should be fine to do a gravel vac. Do about 1/4 to 1/3 of it with each water change. Provided you have a good amount of biological filter media, almost all of the bacteria that you need will be in your filter media and not on the gravel

    As you are still getting a ammonia reading I would say you are not cycled. Are you using a liquid test kit or test strips ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    We are using an API test kit. The last reading we did was before doing a water change. The ammonia level has been hanging out around the halfway point of 0 and 0.25.

  4. #4

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    Any ammonia is not a cycled tank yet but some things can contribute to ammonia levels such as forgetting to use chlorine remover, over crowding, filters too small, or too much cleaning of the filter media (or replacing of it.) Overfeeding would be another.

    Every couple of weeks on the gravel is fine.

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    Great! Thanks so much for the help both of you!

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