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I would skip gravel vac'ing. You're pulling up fish poop which is good food for your plants. 

Other than that - consistent water changes are always a good thing. 

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On 4/22/2024 at 7:40 AM, Tony s said:

If your water quality is good, feel free to stretch it out as long as you want. Especially because life gets in the way. As long as you can keep the nitrates around 20 to 30, you’re very good.

I wish I could get mine that high for more than a day or so with my plants 

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Every week or 2 I siphon about 5 gallons out of my 100g, cleaning a bit of the sand while I'm at it. Thanks to good flow and cory cats, the sand stays really clean. Then I use this water to clean my pre-filters, then I water my house/garden plants with it. My tank is well stocked but is mega-planted and has pothos growing out of it, so nitrates are never a problem. Then I top it off with fresh dechlorinated water, clean the glass - and that's it! (Outside of filter maint and what not.)

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