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Stir up gravel?

Postby Dooner » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:18 pm

Is it appropriate to stir up gravel before vacuuming? I am developing a rust colored layer under the top inch or so. See pic. Also, my water gets cloudy right away after cleaning out the FX6, normal or should I use more floss?
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Re: Stir up gravel?

Postby Deeda » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:26 pm

If you are using a Python type gravel vacuum, you shouldn't need to stir up the gravel ahead of time. You can use a single edge razor blade (glass tanks only) for the buildup along the bottom edge of the tank.

I find it common to have some slight cloudiness after starting up a cleaned filter because any gunk in the hoses and tubes gets a burst of water which flushes out the debris. You could use a net filled with floss and hold it on the filter output before plugging the filter back into the power source or clean out the hoses and tubes more often.
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Re: Stir up gravel?

Postby Dooner » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:39 pm

Thanks, good idea with the net. I have not cleaned the hoses yet (6 months). Maybe I should do that.
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Re: Stir up gravel?

Postby cyclonecichlids » Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:58 pm

I usually go over once and then dig the gravel vac into the substrate a little bit to suck in the top layer and for it to fall back down.
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