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post #21 of 24 Old 12-09-2013, 01:02 PM
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I've found that on some of my slower growing plants, i can clean the leaves by GENTLY using a soft (new)tooth brush ( a tip i saw posted by
agent 13) to clean them..if the plant is alive and healthy it doesn't seem to mind the cleaning... on the other hand, my guppies do a bang up job at cleaning algae I cant get to with the brush... also as other have pointed out.. more plants = less algae... my tanks nitrAte has dropped from 40ppm to less than 10 as my plants have matured and I've added more of them..and my fish LOVE the plants way more than the plastic ones that once dominated my tank...
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post #22 of 24 Old 12-09-2013, 01:06 PM
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I've found that on some of my slower growing plants, i can clean the leaves by GENTLY using a soft (new)tooth brush ( a tip i saw posted by
agent 13) to clean them..if the plant is alive and healthy it doesn't seem to mind the cleaning... on the other hand, my guppies do a bang up job at cleaning algae I cant get to with the brush... also as other have pointed out.. more plants = less algae... my tanks nitrAte has dropped from 40ppm to less than 10 as my plants have matured and I've added more of them..and my fish LOVE the plants way more than the plastic ones that once dominated my tank...

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I just changed a tank from grabel to sand. Its a pain in the a , but it looks great and the fish love it, especially the cory catfish. Protect your filter if you switch to sand.

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post #24 of 24 Old 12-22-2013, 12:37 PM
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If you have powerful enough suction to be able to lift gravel, you can remove your substrate and replace it with sand in sections.
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