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Old 07-08-2010, 03:41 PM   #1
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Cleaning Substrate When Substrate is Fully Covered in Plants

Since I set up my 39gal tank last fall I have slowly been moving into the world of planted tanks by having both planted and plastic plants. Eventually I would like to move towards having a fully planted tank, which would include a grass like plant completely (or mostly) covering the substrate.

Now here is the question. Currently during my PWC I use a siphon to remove the debris from the gravel, which I believe is pretty standard. But when you have this type of plant growth do you just forgo cleaning the gravel all together or is there another technique I am unaware of?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:51 PM   #2
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Just pass the siphon over the plants.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks. Thats easy enough.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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You can also get Cory's. They do a bang-up job in my tank since I can't get to the substrate in pretty much 95% of my 55g. They take care of everything for me.
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Thanks for this thread OP I have been wondering myself how that is done. What about taller plants? Can you just go 'between' them or something?
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Yeah, you can go between them or just hover over them if there is something on the plants....or just take out water without vacuuming. I usually try to vacuum up fish waste that settles on the plant leaves.
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