Gravel And Sand Vacuum Cleaning In Your Aquarium - YouTube
Symptoms of nitrate poisoning include increased heart rate and respiration; in advanced cases blood and tissue may turn a blue or brown color. Feed can be tested for nitrate; treatment consists of supplementing or substituting existing supplies with lower nitrate material. Nitrates must be removed from your aquarium. Feed less, vacuum your sand bed, landscape your rock to allow great water flow.
While can only remove the left and solid wastes in the water, gravel vacuum cleaners (siphon or python water changers) help to remove sludge deposited deeply in gravel or sand substrates. The sludge in the substrate, if excessively accumulated, is a rich source of nitrogenous toxins that are harmful to fish and aquarium lives. Keeping the aquarium substrate clean is an essential work to maintain a healthy fish tank and the gravel cleaners are designed to do that work. Before reviewing the best cleaners, let us define what this important equipment is and how it works.
The Eheim Aquarium Vacuum is also sold as the Eheim Quick Vac Pro. It is a battery operated submersible vacuum that can be used to clean the substrate (sand, gravel, bare bottom) in your aquarium. At least, that's what the manufacturer (Eheim) claims. The price for this aquarium vacuum is around $50 US dollars and I have seen it in the local stores (petsmart and petco) and you can definitely pick one up online for a few dollars less than retail. In looking at reviews on aquarium forums, on online shops and at Amazon it was especially interesting to see the disparity in the reviews. One person would claim that it's the best piece of equipment that they have ever used on their aquarium and the next person would say that it was a complete waste of money. What was the truth? I had to pick one up to find out.One of the important tasks when it comes to maintaining a nice fish tank and keeping pet fish alive is to clean the, which gets mixed with different kinds of waste. Many tend to think that sand is a bigger hassle to clean than gravel because it’s really fine, but cleaning or maintaining it is actually not much different from how aquarium gravel is cleaned. In fact, it’s sometimes an even easier job to complete. Also, you’ll be using the same tools (a big bucket, gravel vacuum, a stirring stick) for the job, so the process of cleaning aquarium sand is truly similar to cleaning aquarium gravel.Today in the modern aquarium which does not use a UG filter a gravel vacuum can cause detrimental effects that include removing beneficial organisms, disruption of the ecological balance of the bed, spikes in the ammonia and nitrite, and death of your fish a few days after the cleaning. I will go into little detail about the sand bed and the overall importance it plays in the health of the aquarium ecosystem.3. To do a much thorough job of vacuuming dirt from the sand, turn over sand after the first run and vacuum again. If you do this, the aquarium sand will look completely new.Now that the sand bed is well established, here comes the gravel vacuum. STOOOOOP!!! The gravel vacuum should only be used to pull off detritus that may be laying on top of the sand bed. If you shove the gravel vacuum into the sand or gravel of an aquarium that does not use a UG filter you will be pulling out beneficial organisms, disrupting your anaerobic layer, and worst of all your heavily colonized aerobic top layer will no longer be heavily colonized with aerobic bacteria. When a aquarium that does not use a UG filter is gravel vacuumed it is common within a few days that ammonia and nitrite to silently creep up. Since your aerobic bacteria population that is in contact with the water column has been significantly reduced your ammonia and nitrite (more commonly nitrite) can reach toxic levels. Three to five days after such a cleaning hobbyist start loosing fish.This video shows you how to easily and effectively clean the gravel or and substrate in your aquarium. The gravel vacuum or siphon hose is your best friend when cleaning an aquarium. Remember unless you are using a heavy sand like the ones shown in this video, suction about a half in to an inch above the substrate in small circles.
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