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Planted tank cleaning?

So I got my first planted tank up and running, but as I looked at it dawned on me that I can't use my big siphon to clean it because it'll cause a typhoon in there. :p Any advice on ways to keep it clean without disassembling? Thanks in advance! I'll post pictures when I get home at 5
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CLEANING? lol, the only cleaning I do is snipping plants.

Oh and clean the glass.

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Well I do have some tetras in there but I'm used to goldfish and I swear they dirty it up a day after I clean so I wasn't surely tetra waste was destructive. Lol
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Cleaning?

You may vacuum your substrate a lil bit , very superficial, trim your plants and clean your glass. Planted tanks as far as I know are all about not messing with it, specially the substrate.

What kind of substrate/light/nutrients/plants you have? Maybe a full tank shot? I'm curious!

Fish food/waste is your no3/po4 source for the most part, don't overfeed or your gonna be growing algae.


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It's flora? (green package) from petco and then I've got dhg on one side and microsword on the other with sand in the middle. I really like it but I was worried its get dirty. Lol I'm at work on my iPhone so Ill upload a picture when I get a break.
I can't upload it because I have an iPhone do it'll be when I get home

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Water changes and occasional glass cleaning should be all you need to do. Get some cleaners to help with left over food/poop/algae like amano shrimp, corys, oto cats, etc.
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here it is! thanks for the help guys
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nice looking tank!
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That is very nice! Have you considered a solid color background yet? I think it would be a great addition.


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You could add a few snails as well.
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After you add water in a water change it usually stirs up some of the bigger chunks and you can just use a small net to get them out (depending on how gentle/patient you are when adding water)
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Thanks everyone! I want to do a 3d background or just a plain color we'll see but so far everythings working dwarf hair grass is looking Alittle mangy but I'm not supplementing yet
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Oh, please use solid, let us enjoy your work without a busy and distracting background. Some people have backrounds that start in the top blue and fade down to white, that looks awesome too. Oh and there is some sunset ones here and there. However, poster like backrounds take away the magic you do.
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Solid black always looks good in my opinion.

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You might end up cleaning the sand by simply waving your hand or a small tool over it, creating just enough water movement to push the debris over onto the planting substrate.

Do not dig into the substrate like you do with a gravel tank. Use a much smaller siphon and just barely touch the surface of the substrate, or move the plants with your hand to allow the debris to be sucked into the intake.

Mostly, though, the debris is left to rot and become fertilizer.
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