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Old 07-26-2010, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have setup a planted new tank. I have never kept a planted tank before so i need a little help. I used eco-complete as a substrate and was wondering how to do water changes. If i siphon though the gravel will nutrients be lost in the substate. Also i have many rooted plants. Do i have to remove them completely the put them back. Also i have recently got about 15 red cherry shrimp. Should i take them out of the tank to avoid them being sucked out. I couldn't find any of this information on the net so i've decided to ask the the pros

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Old 07-27-2010, 06:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most people do partial water changes, such as 50% or 25%. They may suck up some excess mulm but they usually don't root around in the gravel with the siphon. They do not remove plants, fish, or inverts. I am not sure what other people do about the problem of sucking up fish or inverts inadvertently (no pun intended), but I put plastic window screening over the end of the siphon.
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If you have enough gravel over your sub layer sucking up only the misc random pieces that are on top of the gravel isn't an issue.

If you do a 50% change pour the water in slowly so you don't disturb your substrate.
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I didn't think you needed to put gravel over Eco-Complete.
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Thank you for all the replies doing a 20% water change today.
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I didn't think you needed to put gravel over Eco-Complete.
You don't need to but it's optional if you want it for looks or couldn't obtain enough eco-complete and mixed in another gravel to get the right depth.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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In my 10 gallon planted tank I hover the siphon over the sand I have and it sucks the junk right up without taking up the sand. I dont have a problem with uprooting plants. I just keep forgetting to have the water pour in on my wood and not right on my sand! It goes everywhere! lol
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the information. A great help!
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As far as the shrimp, I use an (unworn!) piece of pantyhose held over the end of the siphon with a rubber band to be extra sure I keep the critters out. I just hover the siphon mid-tank--I have snails, and I let them do the substrate cleanup.
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