Cleaning a Well Planted Tank
Actually, a well planted tank is extremely easy to clean. Once a week, you change 50 percent of the water and rinse the filter media in some of the old water, trim the plants that need it and you're done. No extensive vacuuming is necessary.
Algae can be an issue with a tank that's still maturing, but there are tools for scraping it from the front of the tank, which is all that needs to be done.
Once your tank matures, could take a year or more, the algae issue, if there still is one, will be minimal. Eventually, the plants will use up the nutrients available and the algae will die back.
I have a couple of low light, low tech 30 Gs and both are well planted. I've had them running for a couple of years. Changing out half the water, rinsing the filter media and/or replacing it, trimming the plants a bit and putting everything back together takes about 45 minutes per tank. You'll get better and faster, just takes a little practice.
"Fear not my child, just change the tank water."
Last edited by BBradbury; 09-26-2011 at 05:21 PM.