If you are keeping an aquarium, you have to take responsibility to maintain clean water for your fish. And vacuuming gravel is one of your works. The dirt, waster, excess foods and other debris will build up in the tank bottom and you need to remove them.
The traditional methods to clean the tank might take you a lot of time and effort for this job, due to that you cannot always keep the clean environment for your fish. However, you can get to use gravel vacuum to remove all these water pollutants and also ammonia and nitrate that they produce.
But for those who have never get a gravel vacuum before, there are also many questions will come to your mind, this post will help you answer some basic things about gravel vacuum.
How to choose the correct size of gravel vacuum?
The gravel vacuums available come with many different sizes of tubes. Choosing the tube that suitable for your tank. The length of the tube should longer the depth of your aquarium if you do not want to submerge your arm into the tank.
There are 3 different sizes of tube: The largest size is 2 inches (5cm) will suit the aquariums 20 gallons and more. The medium size is 1,5 inches (4cm) will suit the aquarium from 5-20 gallons. And the mini size about1 inches (2,5 cm) will suit the aquarium up to 5 gallons.
How often should you vacuum your tank?
When it comes to the frequency of vacuuming gravel, you should vacuum regularly for at least once a week. If your tank contains lots of fish and plants that means you have to vacuum more often.
Remember to remove all the decoration and accessories out of your tank when vacuuming, there is a much amount of waste settles under those things.
What you should do if you do not have a vacuum?
If you are not ready to get a vacuum, you have to do the other work to remove the waste in your tank. You can have the under gravel filters to help you clean the bottom area, but it also comes with some drawbacks.
Keeping some scavenger species of fish such as shrimp and sails. Control the amount of food that you feeding them to avoid they leave the excess food wasted.