How often do you vacuum your gravel?

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waste created the topic: How often do you vacuum your gravel?

I only have one oscar and i usually vacuum at least 3 times a week and it takes me like an hour
how do i cut back on this?
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Rocksor replied the topic: How often do you vacuum your gravel?

Reduce feeding to every other day and only for one feeding. Another option is to remove all gravel and just have a bare bottom tank so that you can see all the waste.
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benmcfadden replied the topic: How often do you vacuum your gravel?

what filter have you got ?

Haku, I knew your were good.
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OFL replied the topic: How often do you vacuum your gravel?

I'm surprised you need to do it once a week. Leave it a few days after the next time you vacuum your gravel. Then let's say do it three or four days later and see just how dirty the gravel is. Push the Vac deep into the gravel and see how clean the water is that circulates inside the Vac. If the water is running clear then the gravel is okay, so you will know that you can leave a little bit longer in between cleaning.

But like what Roc has said, food is the main cause of dirty gravel, uneaten food and fish waste will obviously find its way into the gravel. An adult Oscar doesn't need anywhere near as much food as a baby Oscar. In the dry season in the Amazon fish can often go for weeks or even months without eating properly.

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