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Roo 02-05-2010 04:31 PM

cleaning a planted tank
 
Hi everyone. Changing out the fake plants to real plants. How do you clean the gravel with out messing up the plants?
Thanks:-(

Mikaila31 02-05-2010 04:43 PM

you don't normally vacuum a planted tank, just prune plants and use the gravel vac to suck up loose leaves and mulm off the top of the gravel.

Angel079 02-05-2010 04:47 PM

First of welcome tot he forum, I don't think we met yet.

Second on the change out fake> live plants :greenyay: Excellent choice you won't regret it!!!

Do you have the proper lighting in place for live plants already?

You can run your gravel vac between the plants, that will not hurt them. Or if you want to go heavy plants; like most my tanks I only have a very small sport left "free" of plants where I feed the Cory Cats and that's the only spot I gravel vac; which also works just fine. Actually to not keep your ground spotless like hospital clean is an advantage to plants as they'll feed off of that debris.

Roo 02-05-2010 08:21 PM

Thanks. Will be working on the lighting. Just didn't know what to do with the fish poo LOL

Byron 02-06-2010 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Roo (Post 320021)
Thanks. Will be working on the lighting. Just didn't know what to do with the fish poo LOL

Mikaila31 is right, leave it. It is food for the plants. Bacteria will quickly break it down and the nutrients are assimilated by the plant roots. If you have open areas of gravel, I like to just skim over the surface with the Python every week during the partial water change, but never amongst the plants. I keep the open gravel along the front vacuumed only because I have corydoras, farlowella, and whiptails that feed along the substrate where I drop the tablets and pellets, and I like it to be clean for their barbels and whiskers.

Byron.

Roo 02-06-2010 09:34 PM

Thanks. I also have corys> I will make sure they have a space for eating.



Carol
Boise, Idaho


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