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Old 09-29-2011, 07:23 AM   #1 
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How do I clean a tank with plants?

I added live plants to Bo's tank and they look great and HE could not be happier. (He even stopped tailbiting!)

But normally when I do his weekly water change I use a gravel vacuum. This time I just used a siphon and tried to suck up as much yuck as possible.

How am I supposed to clean it?
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With live plants I always recommend using sand because then you don't need to vacuum, and therefore don't have to worry about uprooting your plants. The debris sits on top and all you have to do is suck it out with the siphon when you do water changes, or use a turkey baster to remove it periodically.

You'd probably be okay vacuuming the gravel still, as long as you're careful around the plants.
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Thanks Penny. I'll try that next water change.
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