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Old February 8th, 2008, 07:29 AM
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i had a hard time with this also. i use Eco Complete in most of my planted tanks and just siphon off the top. i also keep Malaysian Trumpet Snails in my tanks to keep the gravel turned around. about once a year i dig up most of my plants and give a really good vacuum, then replant. as a general rule i only vacuum the top 1/2 inch.

anyways, you dont have to use EC (although i find it more convenient) sand/gravel mixture works well (more sand than gravel).

here is (IMHO) the best ever planted freshwater aquarium book, you can find it much cheaper BTW.

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