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For Gareth: Cleaning Gravel around Live Plants

Posted By: peterinwa <peterinwa@attbi.com>
Date: Friday, 4 October 2002, at 1:08 p.m.

I posted earlier about how deeply you need to vacuum the gravel with weekly water changes and got a lot of good replies. But I'm still hung up about it in reference to live plants.

With plastic, I would vacuum lightly 2/3 of the tank and remove the plants and rocks and vacuum to the bottom in the other 1/3. Thus every three weeks I would do it all deeply.

As I replace the plastic plants with live ones, just how do you manage this? With my first live plant I was afraid to disturb its roots and didn't do much around it at all. Then just cutting off the leaves that died from transplanting it a week ago jiggled it and must have disturbed the roots some.

What would happen if the whole tank had live plants and some were close together so that the end of the vacuum wouldn't fit between them? And you can't move them?

I would think I would only be able to vacuum well in small parts of the tank as would be the case today if I didn't remove any of the plastic plants.


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