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Hello,

Over time, I've noticed a soft sediment accumulate on the top layer of the substrate. This layer has a thickness of maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inches and it accumulates mostly towards the lower ground level, where the foreground carpet is. This means that the foreground plants are rooted into this layer which is very soft and therefore the plants can become uprooted easily. If I try to suck out this sediment layer with a hose, then the plant roots become exposed and they can become detached. What is recommended for this? Is it bad removing this sediment layer?

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Just looks like mulm to me. If it were me, I'd clean it out, replant everything that came loose in the foreground, and then make it a point to clean it up during my water changes in the future.
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Hi, so mulm is the term. Good to know. I have let it build up for a prolonged period of time and since the HC roots are so short, they can only grow mostly within this mulm. I will try to be more consistent with cleaning it... Thanks


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