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Old 01-23-2013, 11:44 PM   #1
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How to siphon a planted tank?

I see tutorials where people stick the siphon in gravel and a bunch of waste comes out... What do you do if you have a planted carpet of hair grass? What then?
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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You can wave your hand or the end of the siphon above the substrate to stir things up and suck out the excess waste.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:05 AM   #3
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With a planted tank, you don't have to worry about vacuuming waste too much, the waste will be broken down and used as fertilizer for the plants.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:07 AM   #4
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:08 AM   #5
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I've also used a turkey baster (or it's smaller equivalent for nano tanks) to direct a small burst of water to blow debris/snail poop out into the water column or into a more open area so it can be siphoned out.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:41 AM   #6
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Turkey baster works for me too, also you can use it for feeding fish anywhere in the tank.
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During feeding they dig around and stir up the substrate lifting up some mulm and I just let my filters do it's thing.
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