I need tips on vacuuming sandy substrate.
I'm new to plants, and aquariums in general. How do you guys vacuum sandy substrate without disturbing your plants?
I've been lightly hovering my vacuum over the sandy parts (50/50 mix of sand and fluorite), trying not to uproot anything by stirring everything up. But its not working out well. We've been battling pea soup water for 2-3 weeks now, and thought it would be best to take our the plants for a bit, and do a violent (for lack of a better word) substrate vacuuming. Wow, what a difference. The water in the bucket was black/gray, and not florescent green now! Yuck!
So, how can I do a better job vacuuming, without upsetting my plants, or getting the siphon clogged up every 3 minutes? Am I being too cautious? (I also have a few fish, if that makes a difference)