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do you vac your planted tanks when cleaning them ?

I was just wandering if you vac your planted tanks when you clean them. I swirl the vac just above the substrate to stir up anything that might have settled on it , and get out what I can. I don't actually disturb the substrate though. Just wandering what everyone else does.


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I do about the same as you: Just close enough to pick up the loose stuff on top.
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In my larger low tech tank with severum in it i do deep vac the gravel because of high bio load but it is mostly planted with anubius and Java fern. I do the same as you in my high tech tank with lots of stems just hovering over the substrate to pick up any loose debris.

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When I pull out groups of stems to trim and sell I will deep vaccum that area, but most of the time I lightly vacuum the stuff on top of the gravel. I occasionally deep vacuum parts of the tank to prevent too much buildup, as you don't want anaerobic conditions in the substrate.
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I'd like to vac it but there are too many plants so I just go as close as possible.
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With every water change I always lightly vac the top of any gravel exposed and even dense clumps of java fern etc. by gently stirring the vac through the foliage. Even if I think I've done a thorough job of it I'm sometimes amazed at the amount still getting stirred up within hours of the cleaning. I do bi-weekly water changes faithfully and I always feel there is plenty of "stuff" left to break down for the plants. Maybe too much.
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When vacuuming are you just using a siphon or any special vac tool?

To date I've just used a siphon for water changes and swirled it just above the substrate to pick up anything that floats up off the substrate.


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I do the same as the OP.
I got my siphon line from Loew's as they sell by the foot many sizes.
I got one that seemed right for my 10g tanks.
It's 7/16" O.D. x 5/16" I.D. and I got about 4.5' of it.

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do you vac your planted tanks when cleaning them ?

I have Flourite Black Sand and use a standard gravel vac and just swirl it around to pick up any debris. I have a big tank but use one of the mini vacs because I like the suction better.


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I swirl the vac just above the substrate to stir up anything that might have settled on it , and get out what I can. I don't actually disturb the substrate though. Just wandering what everyone else does.
I do this with every water change. Also I give any carpets a good vacuum by gently pressing down and wiggling the tube. Amazing how much gunk gets sucked up.


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A technique that seems to work for me - use a turkey baster to shoot jets of water into the dense areas. This stirs up a lot of the mulm, then I move the gravel vac to that area to collect what is floating.


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