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Do you guys drain your tank when you guys aquascape or do you guys leave the water in your tank? I can't drain my whole tank but I drain it half way, just enough for my fish to move around and aquascape but it still poses a challenge at times and gets really frustrating. Maybe it's because I'm a big guy trying to work with a tiny 18 gallon tank.

And do you guys turn off everything ie. filter, heater etc.? I'm afraid to turn off my filter for more than 15 minutes because I heard the bacteria on the filter media can go anaerobic.

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I leave the tank full and do a water change after I am finished aquascaping. I usually clean the glass aquascape and then change the water. I usually unplug the heater and leave the filter running.
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This is how i do work on my tanks. Clean the glass, clean the glass top, aquascape/trim, 25% water change, then i run a diatom filter, then i do water parameter checks. speaking of which anyone tried that eheim sludge extractor thingy. seems like a worthless peice of equipment.
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Leave the filter on so long as the intake is low enough that the filter does not run dry.

Also of note, make sure that you unplug the heater. It will get really, really fast when out of water. And the moment you put a hot heater in cool water, the likelyhood of breakage skyrockets.

I usually clean the glass, empty the tank half-way, aquascape or what-have-you, and then refill.
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If I am removing old plants before adding new plants, I remove the old plants first then do a regular water change then plant the new plants and refill the tank. If I am just adding new plants then I do a water change then plant the new plants then refill the tank. I always unplug my heater before a water change and turn the filter off.

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If I'm redoing the entire aquascape, then I'll unplug everything other than the light, drain the tank to the halfway mark, plant, and refill it.

Otherwise, if I'm just trimming and doing some minor replanting, then I'll trim, sweep the tank with my BS net, and then do a 25% water change.

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Sorry to take this post, But Is it important to do a water change after adding Plants and doing trimming.
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Doing anything that will disturb the substrate will kick up debris in the water column, and it is a good idea to do these chores and general cleaning followed by a water change, which will remove most of the accumulated gunk.

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Okay Just wondering thank for the Anwser Len.
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