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I am going to plant some plants in my tank after I move next week and was wandering how you can vacume a planted tank without disturbing the plants. This is my biggest concern in planting real plants.

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I am going to plant some plants in my tank after I move next week and was wandering how you can vacume a planted tank without disturbing the plants. This is my biggest concern in planting real plants.

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Hey Jason, welcome to the board!!!

It is normally not recommended that you vacuum a planted tank. All the junk that you normally would need to vacuum from the gravel is taken care of for you by the plants. They actually use it as a source of 'food'.

You should just do a water change rather than vacuuming.

You also want to get rid of any plant debris floating in the water.

When your plants start to grow you should also keep them trimmed down.

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Whats the best way to trim ?
since i have only a 20g for my first planted tank, its not very tall so if i have it goign all the way to the top whats the best way of pruning it ? cutting just the top half off or cutting the whole thing off from the bottom and let it re grow again ?
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Depends on the plant, for fast-growing stem plants, I trim off about 2/3 of the way up and replant the tops. This is usually called "topping". Using this method, you can spread growth around and fill your tank with plants. Once you have enough of that particular plant, like I do with my Giant Hygro, I just top the plants and uproot the old plant and plant the tops in the gravel.

When I vacuum, I don't actually pick up gravel, I just swoosh around near the bottom to stir up debris and mulm and just vacuum that up from the water column. I don't disturb the gravel since I have Jobe's fertilizer sticks in the gravel.

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Hey Thanks sounds like it is easer to take care of a planted tank.
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In some aspects, yes it is easier. In tanks without plants, nitrates will be high and frequent water changes are necessary to keep them in check. With a planted tank, water changes are still vital, but at less frequent intervals, and the aforementioned vacuuming of the gravel can be avoided.
Fish generally do much better in planted tanks. Plants absorb nutrients that would be otherwise harmful to fish (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and other toxins) and expel oxygen.

But there are a few additional specifications to monitor with a planted tank that do make up for the difficulty. As long as you have an adequate substrate and lighting, you'll have to ensure the plants are recieving nutrients and CO2.

In the long run, a planted tank has been one of the most enjoyable types of aquariums I've ever kept.

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Hey Jason, welcome to the board!!!

It is normally not recommended that you vacuum a planted tank. All the junk that you normally would need to vacuum from the gravel is taken care of for you by the plants. They actually use it as a source of 'food'.

You should just do a water change rather than vacuuming.

You also want to get rid of any plant debris floating in the water.

When your plants start to grow you should also keep them trimmed down.

Kyle
I whole-heartily agree. I hear of a lot of people who get fish with the intention of upgrading a tank only to have life get into the way and then getting stuck with fish. I'd recommend getting a rubber pleco. A much better pleco for the average tank.
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I guess im nuts but I have always done a gravel clean in my planted tanks and shrimp tanks, just get close to the plants and no worrys of uprooting them with a gravel clean
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