03-16-2008, 12:47 PM
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You vac the tank gently. I have a smaller pickup tube on a python that I use to clean between the plants. I did have to modify the python.
I also use, and advocate, reverse flow filtration in my plant tanks. The reverse flow keeps much debris from the bottom of the tank.
The addition of shrimp has also been an asset to keeping the tank bottom clean. Having bottom dwelling "janitors" , cories, shrimp, ect. is also a good idea.
Deter from frequent "gravel sweeps" and "stirs". This practice disturbs the roots, sometimes damaging them, and may put the plants into, what I call, "root shock".