How often do you clean your filter, pre-filter, and prune your plants?
I am a newbie with a tank that's been set up for probably 1.5 months now. I think things are going well except with these aggressive white skirt tetras which I may need to return to the store because I need more (I have four) and I can't fit anymore than 6.
ANYWAY, I have a pre-filter sponge on my filter because the intake was sucking up my plants.
How often do I clean that? I find myself frequently cleaning plant matter off of it. Like would I normally remove it once per week and clean the plant matter off?
Also, how often do I clean the filter?
Also, how often do you guys prune your plants? I hate to prune them because I like to see them growing big and past the water line. Plus I am a little lost on how to prune some of them and feel like it would take some research and I am working on my graduate thesis.
Also, how do you keep your S.Repens from floating up to the top? I have a few stragglers that are always doing that and are getting on my nerves. :-)
Thanks wise Aquarium Gurus...