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what's involved in cleaning a planted tank?

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I'd like to start a planted nano tank, Fluval Edge, and am wondering what's involved in cleaning such tanks other than the usual pwc's?

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light gravel vac, although some don't do any at all since everything is covered with plants.

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light gravel vac, although some don't do any at all since everything is covered with plants.
that's kinda what I was wondering. Once an aquascape is setup, is there any need to dismantle it for cleaning? such as branches, rocks etc. I'm just trying to figure out what will need to be done if I go all out with plants and gear.
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There shouldn't be any need to dismantle regularly. One thing I have to add before I sleep is that planted tanks are messy in that there are fallen leaves everywhere and detritus and things like that. Stuff floats around. Cleaning your filter is important. Having a prefilter sponge on your intake can help this a lot by having that sponge catch more of the plant matter that is floating around. A bottom feeder crew like corys or cherry shrimp can be nice as well, but I would do more research on your own on what livestock you want.

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On my planted tanks, I do not do cleaning and things. I top off my tank with water, and clean my filter floss from my sump, but that's it. The snails take care of dead plant matter, and the plants take care of the wastes from the tank. I might do a small 6gallon wc when I notice my tannins getting high from constant top-offs, but that's hardly a drop in the bucket in a 105g tank and is very infrequent. When you get things right in your tank it should go like that for you as well, unless you run Co2 or dose lots of fertz. This low-maintenance is what drew me to planted freshwater tanks to begin with. It is really up to you, and depends on how clean you want to keep your tank. There are people in here that keep their tanks pristine and go nuts if they see a speck of detritus on a plant, and are totally content like that. For me, though, I enjoy looking at my tank more than working on them all the time. That is why I choose to do it this way.


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