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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-17-2016, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Sharing a tip that has made quite a difference!

I have been in the hobby for a bit now and feel like this is something I don't read about or see mentioned in videos. Maybe I just missed it but thought I would share for those who don't do it.

Tip: keep plant leafs clean as possible. What I do is using my hand I brush my plants once a week or every other week.

I have found that the growth and longevity of my plant leaf have improved dramatically. I know this probably sounds silly but by keeping my plants clean it has improved their overall health.

Try it for yourself and see the difference. Do it before a water change to remove all the debris that you knock off the plants.

Let me know how it works for you.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-17-2016, 10:56 PM
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Tom Barr referred to it as "fluffing" the plants. He recommended it years ago to remove detritus when doing water changes, just like you mention. I also watched a video lately of George Farmer performing maintenance on one of his tanks and he too is a plant "fluffer."
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Good to know, thanks

It's a great little trick that's forsure

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-18-2016, 11:06 AM
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Great advice although I personally wouldn't call it fluffing...

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Four baby plecostomi and a bunch of baby catfish do the same with less getting wet.

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I use the handle of my fish net to "fluff" the leaves of my plants about every other day. I basically just run the handle through the leaves to knock off all the debris. I have java moss on driftwood and that thing is a debris magnet!

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I often forget doing this but it really does make sense. How much harm depends on how much gunk of course but I might guess that even the best tanks get some. But big fish make big messes when they take off suddenly.
A little dust may not block too much light but some, right? But that dust also is likely to be a fertile place for nasty little things like some type of algae to grow. That's why we wipe off the kitchen countertop so I would guess that the same thing is at work in our tanks.

Good point to bring up. I forget, too often!
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Four baby plecostomi and a bunch of baby catfish do the same with less getting wet.
But they leave a lot more poop to siphon out.

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But they leave a lot more poop to siphon out.
No, that's organic fertilizer for your plants!

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