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How Do You Vacuum Gravel In A Planted Tank?

I just moved a piece of wood in the back of my 10g tank (with AquaClear 30 on minimum) and planted a few plants back there. The water got full of particles, cutting down on visibility, but cleared up within a half-hour.

Suggestions, please, on how to stop detritus from collecting under the gravel, or how to get it out?

One thing I can think of as I'm writing is cut back on feeding - I only have 7 Pristella Tetras though - think small.

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I don't gravel vac my planted tanks. The waste will eventually become plant food. To get rid of the excess waste I just wave the end of siphon above the gravel to stir things up.


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I don't gravel vac my planted tanks. The waste will eventually become plant food. To get rid of the excess waste I just wave the end of siphon above the gravel to stir things up.
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poop is good food(for plants)

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I'm the same, usually just wave my hand around the bottom to stir stuff up then siphon it all off.


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Wow, I swear I replied to this thread! Did some posts get deleted? Why?


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Yup, just wave your hand to disturb the surface and get any excess mulm buildup off of the top and you are good to go.


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I was under the impression that it was necessary with gravel bc the waste falls down between the pieces. Whereas other substrates keep the waste sitting more on top...?
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It is ok building up down there. It is good for plants and doesn't really harm your tank


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