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Ok to all the heavily planted tanks, How do you clean them? Now I normally go through the gravel around the plants. But, I am ordering alot more plants and have glosso so I won't have any visible gravel. So how do you guys do it? How do you maintain no ammonia if all the waste is under the substrate. Tips anyone?
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Simple.

Don't clean the gravel.

Use your vac to suck up any detritus that builds up in the glosso but don't disturb the gravel. I want to ask if you dig up the soil around your potted plants but that is a different situation since we are feeding fish in a tank and not around the potted plants. However, the effect is almost the same on the plants. The waste getting into the substrate is good for the plants. The plants, if they are growing, will take up the available ammonia to the point that you might have to add more (I do). I've been running my tanks without a real filter for years. Clear water, healthy plants, spawning fish, not too shabby.

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I used to fan my fingers while holding the siphon near the gravel to pick up any loose detritus. After adding snails, there is very little of that in the tank, but from time to time, I still fan the gravel to blow junk up to remove it.
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I don't vacuum the gravel either. I just take water from the top when I do water changes. Hey Sean, so you don't use a real filter, me neither! haha. I read about it in naturalaquarium site. Do you use a power head to generate water movement?

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I have a power head attached to the CO2 reactor and another to move the water around the tank. Both are sunk down low enough to avoid bubbles and surface disturbance.

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How often do you guys change your water and what% do you guys change? What kind of snails you have that take care of your tank without eating the plants. I have these annoying little snails and I see holes in my plants. Soo annoying
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it must be pond snails...they are annoying as heck,

the snails that you DO want are malaysian trumpet snails. they burrow and aerate the substrate and they eat dead plants, not live plants. very cool.

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