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filtering, substrate cleaning w/ plants in

my anubias, java fern and mystery bulb plant are now set up in my 10g for about a week now.

I just did a PWC and a few questions came up-

my filter cartridge is now way more loaded w/ debris now that the plants are in. (I've had the tank fish only since the beginning, about 5 mos). I read that the cartridge should be changed every 4-6 weeks. Does that change w/ plants in the tank?

Without the plants, I had been removing the few decorative pieces and vacuuming the sand with each PWC (~once a week). With plants, I would tend to leave them undisturbed? (they're tied to rock)....so what is the recommendation? Just vac the sand around the rock?

And to take that further, is the substrate vacuumed at all with tanks that are more heavily planted?

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I'm digging the anubias most of all
this is a ton of fun

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happy anubias and java fern
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When you heavily plant there is not much need to gravel-vac as the plants will use the wastes as food. For your tank, you will probably still need to vac around things (no need to disturb them as the waste doesnt get under decorations much), or buy LOTS more plants Also, in a planted tank, the most important filter media is the mechanical filter. The addition of filter floss is just for some that want to take out the fine particles from the water column, but is not necessary. Most everyone omits the rest of filter media from their filters and allow the plants to become their filter. Once established, a filter properly rated for the tank size and/or bio-load will only need to be cleaned if it is restricting water flow. If you are going to continue to use the media other than the mechanical, I would recommend replacing them as directed. It is still debatable at this point, but some say that the media only takes in so much before it starts leaching back into the water. Stuff is so cheap why risk your fish like that?

Love the look of the tank so far, and your Anubius and Java do look happy. Is that thing viewable on both sides?


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