Any Reason to vacuum instead of sweep?

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Joker77

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Never actually done this but got the idea after seeing how much **** gets kicked up while moving decorations. Seems like it would be more efficient to just rake/sweep the gravel and get all the grossness into the water column then siphon it out that way with a large water change as opposed to tediously vacuuming the gravel 2" at a time.
 

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I find that raking/sweeping the gravel doesn't get the gunk thats all the way at the bottom. This is especially true if you have deep substrate or a larger tank.
 

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When you do your WC do a deep gravel vac on 1/4 of your tank then the next week do the next 1/4 area etc... I agree with above without a good deep gravel vac you are leaving a lot of "waste" in the substrate.
 

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Change over to sand as a substrate.
 
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Islandvic said:
Change over to sand as a substrate.
I'm curious as why you say this. I have gravel in the 90 gallon and sand in the 150 gallon. I dont find the sand to be any less maintenance.
 

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Joker77 said:
I'm curious as why you say this. I have gravel in the 90 gallon and sand in the 150 gallon. I dont find the sand to be any less maintenance.
Fish poop can’t get down deep in sand. The poop sits on the top and can be sucked out much easier.
 
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