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Old 03-05-2013, 08:37 AM   #8591 
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How do you clean a tank that has all those plants in it? Just curious..I am looking for more real plants, but not sure how to clean the tank with all of them in there.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #8592 
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How do you clean a tank that has all those plants in it? Just curious..I am looking for more real plants, but not sure how to clean the tank with all of them in there.
Depends on bioload really. I test my water parameters weekly. I Personally do one 40% change a week for that little one. But I have to juggle 2 other tanks and working a full time job =). I'm thinking small water changes twice a week would be good too.

I just use a tiny tube (with a piece of pantyhose over the the end to prevent sucking up critters) and siphon anything on the bottom. Just need to be careful not to knock the plants around. Depending on the plant and how established it is, it can be pretty easy to accidentally pull one up. The Java moss can be a pain sometimes.. that get's sucked up pretty easily.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:08 AM   #8593 
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Depends on bioload really. I test my water parameters weekly. I Personally do one 40% change a week for that little one. But I have to juggle 2 other tanks and working a full time job =). I'm thinking small water changes twice a week would be good too.

I just use a tiny tube (with a piece of pantyhose over the the end to prevent sucking up critters) and siphon anything on the bottom. Just need to be careful not to knock the plants around. Depending on the plant and how established it is, it can be pretty easy to accidentally pull one up. The Java moss can be a pain sometimes.. that get's sucked up pretty easily.
You can easily control the suction power with your finger at the other side of the tube.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:11 AM   #8594 
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You can easily control the suction power with your finger at the other side of the tube.
I do =), I actually just kink the tube a bit, do the same while I'm filling as to not cause too much chaos. I just have a tendency to bump into my plants too much sometimes. I fail at the whole delicate thing at times.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:51 PM   #8595 
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Slowly but surely getting new decorations and play areas.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #8596 
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Very nice!!!!! I like it!!!
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:43 PM   #8597 
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@JayPe3- Your tank is looking good! How big is it? It looks huge!
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:48 PM   #8598 
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interesting view.....now I've got some ideas!
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@JayPe3- Your tank is looking good! How big is it? It looks huge!

I believe it's a 15. I traded my 30 to a friend of mine, he told me it was a 10, but I have a 10 in my sons room and this is quite a bit larger.
He has tons of space, and I added 2 Panda Corys today, along with 2 ghost shrimp.
Hoping to get some more play areas/decorations implemented, then getting a more "live" tank going.
When my battery charges and I find a way to lift my tripod so it's stable (I'm new to DSLR use) I'll take a picture looking down on the tank, it's actually really cool looking.
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I was guessing about 15 gallons. I have a ten gallon that I keep 1 betta in and sometimes I look at him swimming around in there and wonder if he thinks he found his way into the ocean...
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