Cleaning Hard to Reach Spots in Planted Aquarium
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > General Planted Tank Discussion


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-29-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
DesignZ
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 105
Exclamation

Cleaning Hard to Reach Spots in Planted Aquarium


I sorta have a dead spot in cleaning. My tank is heavily planted around that area with roots right under that area. I can't reach to gravel vac that area and sometimes there's decay buildup there. Should I be worried or should it be okay and will turn to nutruients and get sucked up? I gravel vac my substrate to clean detritus as much as I can. Just curious if it'll be dangerous thanks
DesignZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-29-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
greaser84
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
greaser84's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NC
Posts: 946
Default

Mulm is not dangerous in a planted tank. The plants actually use it. Other than looking nasty there's no problem with it. If you want to remove it but your vacuum is too big try using just the tube for those hard to reach places.
__________________
greaser84 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2014, 10:55 PM   #3
DesignZ
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 105
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by greaser84 View Post
Mulm is not dangerous in a planted tank. The plants actually use it. Other than looking nasty there's no problem with it. If you want to remove it but your vacuum is too big try using just the tube for those hard to reach places.
ah alright thanks, was curious it'll spark ammonia or something as my corner right of my tank s plants galore and its hard to reach cause of em and the driftwood.
DesignZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2014, 11:58 PM   #4
PlantedRich
Planted Tank Guru
 
PlantedRich's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pflugerville, Tx
Posts: 4,425
Default

Debris of this sort is the same as other waste that gathers and has no more nor less danger. It's just that you can see it!
The point that it becomes a danger is when /if your filtering and cleaning begin to run short. It does add to the load the good bacteria has to process or the filter and your cleaning have to remove. In theory, the bacteria builds up to process more as more of it collects, so no problem. When it might become a problem is in some situation where you have a sudden increase in the load for the bacteria, maybe from a dead fish getting lost somewhere? Or maybe due to some error in cleaning, the bacteria is knocked way down.
When either of these happen, having a large amount of debris left around can push things over the edge so that a large amount of ammonia is left not processed.
Something like driving too fast? You can do it all the time and it is not a problem but it does eat up a certain amount of the "slack" we like to keep. All is well until the unexpected happens and then the high speed makes it lots worse than if we had kept our speed under control.
Not a problem to have excess debris laying around but it can be a real problem if you come home and find the filter has not been running.
PlantedRich is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2014, 02:45 PM   #5
DesignZ
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 105
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PlantedRich View Post
Debris of this sort is the same as other waste that gathers and has no more nor less danger. It's just that you can see it!
The point that it becomes a danger is when /if your filtering and cleaning begin to run short. It does add to the load the good bacteria has to process or the filter and your cleaning have to remove. In theory, the bacteria builds up to process more as more of it collects, so no problem. When it might become a problem is in some situation where you have a sudden increase in the load for the bacteria, maybe from a dead fish getting lost somewhere? Or maybe due to some error in cleaning, the bacteria is knocked way down.
When either of these happen, having a large amount of debris left around can push things over the edge so that a large amount of ammonia is left not processed.
Something like driving too fast? You can do it all the time and it is not a problem but it does eat up a certain amount of the "slack" we like to keep. All is well until the unexpected happens and then the high speed makes it lots worse than if we had kept our speed under control.
Not a problem to have excess debris laying around but it can be a real problem if you come home and find the filter has not been running.
Ah alright, most of the mulm is just plant detritus, my bioload is extremely small with one betta and two ghost shrimps aha. I thought mulm build up led to nitrate problems so that's why I asked
DesignZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cleaning, dead spot

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012