Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
I don't take any pains removing waste from the bottom for I have too many trumpet snails,Amano shrimp,Cherry shrimp, Plecos.
Problem is..all these critter's produce waste as well.
I use moderate to strong flow through the filter's to help keep particulates in the water column longer so that the filter catches more.
I also service the filter's each month ,and perform weekly 50 to 60 % water changes.
Plant's can use the waste on the bottom for fuel for growth, but it need's to be broke down a bit .
I remove damaged leaves from plant's for they are not likely to get better and this makes way for new leaves to sprout and nutrient's not wasted on trying to repair damaged leaves.
Not many other leaves lay about for long due to the afore mentioned critter's.
If you start to see mold growing on uneaten food,or growing black tuft's of algae on the décor and or substrate,,then your prolly feeding too much organic's into closed glass box of water.