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So what your saying is once we get out tank out of cycle we should do light vacuuming for the first month or so to keep things stable?Jaysee said:When i had gravel, i would vacuum down to the glass. in a NEW tank, vaccuuming too much can disrupt the balance, but once the tank is established there is nothing to fear in doing deep cleans. the overwhelming majority of the bacteria is in the filter, and if that colony is strong (established), any loss you get from vaccuuming will be picked up by the bacteria in the filter.
where people get into trouble is assuming that because the tank is cycled that its established. newly cycled tanks are still setting up infrastructure, if you will, and can be overwhelmed because of the extra work theyre doing. an established colony is poised and ready to multiply, quickly picking up the slack.
Well, I'm not Jaysee, but I think several months is too long. In my tank, which is 7 months old, I started the thorough gravel vacs (1/2 tank at a time) maybe 5 or 6 weeks after the tank cycled.jerilovesfrogs said:ayelie, i am not sure if a month is long enough.....maybe several months. maybe jaysee will be back later and let us know for sure.
PS. jaysee, one of my small tanks now has sand.....i assume to vacuum that you don't dig down like you do for gravel? just let it hoover over the sand and let it get the debris that way?