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Any tips on netting trimmings in a nano?

Hey guys, just wondering how you guys go about cleaning trimmings. I often see videos of people with larger tanks just go to town on their plants, let the trimmings float up and casually net them up.
That doesn't work so well for my 2 gal. 80% comes out well enough I guess, but the last of it seems impossible. Trimmings get caught in the other plants, fly around when the net swishes by, and the fish. I think one time I must have netted one and thrown him out by accident with the plants!
I'm always picking out remnants for the next week or so.

So, I was wondering how other people with nanos go about it and if there are any tricks or if you guys share my problem.


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change out some water after the trim and slurp up the leftovers with the siphon?
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well since it's a nano, you don't have nearly as much "ground" to cover, so you can take more time. In larger tanks that method is the only one that'll make it so you don't take 8 hours to trim. You can either grab the stem plants by the tips, snip and pull.. You can set up a slow siphon with a small hose and hold it in one hand, snip with the other, and quickly move the siphon over to the cuttings to be sucked out(this is actually what I do for carpet plants on larger tanks, I can't STAND trying to sit there and net everything for hours after a big trim) This way you get your water change and trim at the same time. Carpet plants are the only ones that ever bothered me since with stems you can grab em out easy. (I'm assuming this is what you were talking about as well?) Mosses are the same way, and I trim them the same way as well unless I'm trimming enough to sell/grow out in which case I use the first method.


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With my two nanos, I just pull out the plants out of the tank, give it a trim, and then replant. The relatively low number of plants and small sizes allow me to do this quickly.

The thing I like best about doing this is that once the plants are uprooted (temporarily), I can vacuum the substrate underneath. I hate planted tanks that have layers and layers of mulm on the substrate because the plants are preventing it from being accessed by a gravel vac.


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