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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-19-2010, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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I am away to start up my new aquarium. Currently i clean the tank once a week and change about 15% of the water while cleaning the rubbish off the sand at the bottom.

When it comes to my planted aquarium, how do i clean the gravel if i have plants all over....OR, am i right in saying that because i have plants, i dont need to, and infact all i need to do is change some water (rather than sucking up the rubbish from the bottom)?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-19-2010, 07:55 PM
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With a planted tank, when you do your water changes, you will not need to do a deep gravel vacuuming; instead, you just need to hover over the surface of the substrate to pick up any detritus that is present.

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Ok, and what if i have a heavily planted aquarium, where there is alot of 'grass' on the surface. That will obviously prohibit me accessing the substrate...
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Every once in awhile during a water change i'll run a korelia over the substrate and through stems to stir up any trash.
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I have found that a turkey baster works well to "fluff" the plants, "dust" the leaves, and gently "puff" out any detritus from otherwise sensitive locations.

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Cool, thanks for the replies

I am new to this, so excuse a basic question. By cleaning the crap away during my weekly water changes, i am stopping the waste turning into ammonia etc. But having a planted aquarium, the plants help in this process?
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Yes, the usual detritus that you would remove from a non-planted tank, you want to leave in a planted tank, as it fertilizes plants. It's more of an aesthetic thing, though removing crap from leaves and from around stems and rhizomes is good for the plants. Ideally, a consistent water flow would accomplish this. Few tanks, however, are miniatures of an ideal world.
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