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Detritus Issue Beneath Glosso

So I'm having a major problem with detritus in my substrate beneath my glosso. I haven't been able to fully vacuum the entire front 1/3 of my tank because it was constantly uprooting my glosso. If it didn't uproot it all then it would cover it with substrate basically completely covering them and causing some dead spots. I went on vacation for a couple of weeks and have come back to complete mess. My plants are starting to get covered in what looks like the detritus. I cleaned my filters and did a 40% water change before I left and everything was good. What can I do to get rid of all of this both in the tank and in the substrate? Will adding the liquid that supposedly removes broken down plants and food work?
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Liquid that removes broken down plants and food? What, does it somehow erase matter from the water? Chances are, it probably just breaks them down so it might just create more detritus.

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Seems like you need more flow in the tank, so it's not just settling on the glosso.
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Check the active ingredients on that bottle. It's most likely potassium permanganate. Anyways, add more flow to your tank and invest in a turkey baster to use during water changes.

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Flow would help suspend particles and hopefully get it towards the filter.

As a remedy, I would swish the gravel vac around as to not pull the plants but to pull the gunk out.
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Thanks everyone! So is it better to have another filter or add a bigger circulation pump?
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I vacuum my glosso carpet with a strong python. No issues. Heavily rooted. But I think i suck up 100s of baby shrimp at the same time.

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I vacuum my glosso carpet with a strong python. No issues. Heavily rooted. But I think i suck up 100s of baby shrimp at the same time.
The problem I'm having is that everything is still establishing so it keeps sucking up the gravel and completely covering the gloss and it ends up making a large bald spot that needs to regrow.
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Before i got it established i took off the main tube on the python and used just the tubing and a finger in front and bending down the tube to control the suction. I was doing this because i was battling diatoms in a new tank.



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One thing you can do is take a turkey baster, submerge/fill, and squirt water down into the beds. The detritus will fly up and you can get it with the python without sucking up your plants.


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