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New To Planted Tanks - Having Some Issues

Hey guys, I have a 10 gallon tank with some hornwort and corkscrew. I've got a nice rock and some driftwood in it.

I have 1 African dwarf frog, 2 zebra danio's (they attacked and killed the other 3), some ghost shrimp, a clown pleco, and 2 African cichlids (small ones - they're going into a bigger tank when they grow up). Surprisingly they all get along.

So, I've got some questions

1. My filter keeps getting clogged up with plants - which is a real downer for my pleco - even though he does spend most of his time under the driftwood.

2. How do I change out the sand in my substrate? Its way overdue.

Thanks, guys!
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Welcome to the forum! There's more than enough to learn here.

1) why are the plants clogging your filter? Are they leaves and stuff or actual plants. Can't really help the leaves but the pleco may be uprooting your plants.

2) what's wrong with the sand?


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Welcome to the forum! There's more than enough to learn here.

1) why are the plants clogging your filter? Are they leaves and stuff or actual plants. Can't really help the leaves but the pleco may be uprooting your plants.

2) what's wrong with the sand?
Its the leaves off the hornwort. I'm considering removing it and just going to all corkscrew/java ferns.

I also might buy a bigger tank. Or set up my 5 gallon tank with two dwarf puffers.
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Your best bet is to have another cycled tank to put your fish if you wanna replace the sand. Or keep them where they are while you setup and cycle your new tank


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Your best bet is to have another cycled tank to put your fish if you wanna replace the sand. Or keep them where they are while you setup and cycle your new tank
I think I have an idea. I've built a funnel thing with a rigid pipe that I can use to pipe in the new sand after I scoop out the old.
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For a quick way to deal with the filter clogging, try adding sponge on the intake. The idea is to spread the point of intake over a far wider space rather than the reasonably small normal intake. With the sponge, the same amount of water (close) will flow but through a larger area. Having this on the intake, it is not too hard to reach in and grab off a bunch now and then to keep it moving. Depending on how large the debris, another way is cutting a soda bottle to fit with a lot of holes to move the debris hangup out further from the intake.

I normally just add the new sand to the old and mix it in.
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