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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping Tank Clean

Hi Everyone, just wanted to see what I can do too help keep my new tank clean.

Planted tanks can get pretty dirty i find when some of the leaves fall off, etc. In heavily planted tank its hard to gravel vac, so what can I do to help keep the tank clean?
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Powerhead near the substrate surface to help blow the detritus around. Big filter.
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Dark substrates hide a lot, which is key. I find using sands instead of gravels makes cleaning much easier, since all the detrius ends up sitting on top of the sand instead of nestled in the gravel. I haven't gravel vacced since I set my tank up two weeks ago and you don't notice unless you loo closely. Even then there are just a few bits of bark and mulch from my soil that have migrated up through the substrate. Switch to sand and never look back...
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I just live with it and never gravel-vac. I like nature-like tanks though.

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Ok thanks, so will the plants grow properly in the sand? Does the sand hold the stem plants down so they dont float up at the slightist wave of water?
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