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    Alex126 Valued Member Member

    Hello all. I have been keeping fish for around a year now. I have a slightly planted tank with gravel. I do water changes every 2 weeks. And use my gravel vac. To clean up the poop. Some times there's not a lot of poop do I have to use the gravel vac or can I just Change water? I was thinking why Change water with water. Thanks!
     
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    I love my puffer Valued Member Member

    I'd do a good gravel vac and 25 water change once a week to keep your fish happy!
     
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    Alex126 Valued Member Member

    Ok great thx!


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    Do you know a good way to do a good gravel cleaning without moving all the plants around because I find this annoying! Hahah maybe it's just something you have to live through?


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    I love my puffer Valued Member Member

    You really just need to vac the main areas where they mostly swim and you can do the whole tank Mabey once every 2-3 weeks:)
     
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    Alex126 Valued Member Member

    Alright thanks for the help


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    I love my puffer Valued Member Member

    Anytime :)
     
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    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    The purpose of a water change is to keep your nitrate levels under 20ppm.Nitrates are the end result of the nitrogen cycle (ammonia->nitrite->nitrates). Since the fish produce a constant stream of ammonia, you end up with a constant stream of nitrates. The only way to remove those nitrates is thru partial water changes.
     
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    I love my puffer Valued Member Member

    Yep.