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Should i be gravel vacuuming?

How do i go about vacuuming a planted tank without sucking my plants out of the ground?
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Just disturb the plants slightly to brush off the detritus and then vacuum. Not too bad vacuuming around the plants every two weeks. I do that too and mt plants aren't bothered as long as it's not too frequent.
If your plants are well-established, you won't have problems vacuuming at all.

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I just touch the top layer when I do vacuum just to get the mulm off.
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Use a hose to do the job. To get the suction just right and to greatly increase the vaccuming area, I use a cut into two soda bottle and tuck the top part to the hose, creating a suction funnel. Then I regulate vaccum power by folding the hose, sucking with just enough power. To deep clean, I simply jab in the whole funnel deep into the substrate and go to full suction power. It does the job really well for me whether it is just light vaccuming or serious deep cleaning. Be careful of sucking out your fish and shrimps, the funnel is a good place for them to end up in the midst of confusion.

I will always wait for my plants to get established within several weeks before doing the first vaccuming. The schedule goes for as often as once a month and nothing more common than that.


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Derek, it's been my experience that the less you feed your fish, the less often you need to vacuum and risk disturbing your plants.


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I don't vacuum period, it disrupts the natural processes in your substrate.


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It has been my experience that deep cleaning is unnecessary. You don't even have to penetrate the gravel, just swirl around the top to kick up any mulm sitting on top of the gravel bed.
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