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Anaerobic Gas?

Just planning ahead, but I'm planning on a full carpet of dwarf hairgrass in my tank. I'm assuming i can't gravel vac a carpet of dwarf hairgrass with flourite substrate, how do i prevent anaerobic gasses in my tank? I have a dwarf puffer so MTS's are not gonna work.
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The roots of the plants should be able to reach down into the substrate and help prevent the buildup of anaerobic spots.

However, this is assuming you keep your substrate to a "normal" depth, and not try a 12 cm+ depth.

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I never vacuumed my flourite and had no issues. but you can just put your python pipe on the surface and some junk will eventually come up


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Dwarf puffers cant eat adult MTS most of the time.

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yea, but their shells are so hard it could break their beaks
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worry about it when and if you have it..

Poking the substrate with a stick will solve the issue.


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Idk, i always think its a good idea to plan ahead. Dont think theres anything wrong with asking questions so you prepare ahead of time. I'll make sure to get a poking stick
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Dwarf puffers cant eat adult MTS most of the time.
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yea, but their shells are so hard it could break their beaks
I don't see what the conflict is here.

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worry about it when and if you have it..

Poking the substrate with a stick will solve the issue.
This will also work too. Make sure you don't poke a hole in all the anaerobic spots, and release too much H2S at once, however.

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The conflict with the MTS is that dwarf puffers try to eat any snail in the tank,and the mts' shell is so hard that if my dwarf puffer was too stubborn it could injure itself by cracking its beak. Not a big chance of that happening, but I like to be on the safe side with Megatron. Just out of curiosity if i have a full carpet could the hairgrass absorb the gas, or is that not a possibility.
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If you've got a good carpet going and the substrate isn't too deep I wouldn't worry about anaerobic spots.

Yes, plant roots can help prevent anaerobic spots from developing as they're always maintaining some circulation.

The biggest concern would probably be if you use some large rock/driftwood pieces, as it would be easy to get an anaerobic spot under those.





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I never worried about anaerobic gas build up. I've had some absolutely foul pockets erupt while breaking down tanks, like exit-the-room bad, but plants and fish flourished in the tank when it was running. And this was in deep sand under the weight of my rock heavy scapes.

I think the only way it could potentially be a problem is if you tried to totally trash/re-arrange the entire hardscape with livestock in the tank; which isn't very smart or safe anyways. Just moving plants around isn't going to set off any bombs that destroy your tank.


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