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PostSubject: Under Gravel Bubbles   Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:49 am

Hi everyone. Its been a while since I have been here. I have been away at sea for the last 5 months, with the family looking after my fish. After a bit of tinternet surfing I have decided to (depending on answers received here) lay the bubble piping tubes under my sand and substrate ,the air curtain stuff,to help rid the bottom of my tank of gunk and waste .My thinking being that the air bubbles will agitate the substrate enough to lift any debris to be then carried through my filters. I have a Rio 125, a really good tank I have always thought. Does anybody have any views on this. My three different breeds of plecos are doing really well since I have been away but there has been no breeding so far. Hanx in anticipation Glensman
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PostSubject: Re: Under Gravel Bubbles   Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:47 pm

To my experience, the best way to get rid of the debris is to vacuum the gravel. If all of it will go through the filter, it'll accumulate there. I experimented with tubes once and it was the mess. In my opinion, less work it to vac the gravel weekly than clean clogged canister filter every 3 weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Under Gravel Bubbles   Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:06 pm

I use a bubble wall but it does not help with moving gunk,

A gravel vac each week will keep it under control..
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PostSubject: Re: Under Gravel Bubbles   Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:44 am

Yeah, I'm with the others and think that you are best to keep with the tried and true gravel vac.

You will need a hell of a lot of air to do what you are after. not to mention you will be needing to clean your filter a lot more often, like once a week.

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