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Replies to Gareth, Nikki & SusanA from Peter

Posted By: Peter <peterinwa@attbi.com>
Date: Thursday, 26 September 2002, at 11:23 p.m.

Thanks for all your help! I printed Gareth's plant list to take to the store. I'm putting my replies here as the original post is so old it was going off the page.

I understand about siphoning water out and then putting new water in. Once I guess I let things go too long and when I pushed the siphon down to the bottom glass the water looked like mud. Even siphoning out a few gallons only got part of that.

That's where I came up with the harebrain idea of doing that to fill the bucket once; letting the waste settle to the bottom; and then pouring the clear water back in. Repeating this until the entire bottom was cleaned, and then discarding the bucket full of water and putting one bucket full of clean water back in. (My bucket is about 3 gallons and my tank is 10.)

As another means, I thought you could buy an electric hand-held filter of some kind that let you vacuum just like you would your room. Only the water coming out would go through the filter and then right back into the tank.

I guess I'm inventing too much in my mind. I guess the answer is simply to vacuum the gravel with the siphon more frequently.

I do have one question about this... Susan, it sounds like you just run the end of the siphon through the very top of the gravel... just disturbing it a little. Is that correct?

If so, won't waste build up way down at the very bottom?

Gareth, you change 1/3 of your water every week? I thought that was too much. I was told 1/3 every 3 or 4 weeks. ??? Weekly would certainly keep things cleaner.

Right now my little tank looks pretty sad. I just removed all the pH-raising gravel and all the plastic plants are floating at the top. And the 5 remaining tetras (that I didn't kill with pH Down) are looking pretty displeased. Haha.

Well, I'm excited about getting my new gravel and one real plant to start with and getting things going again. And when I do... two little clown loaches!

Thanks again,



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