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Planted aquariums, water changes and cleaning

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants & Planted Aquariums' started by Fish novice, Nov 5, 2018.


  1. Fish novice

    Fish novice PetForums Junior

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    Hello, I have a Fluval 125 aquarium with plastic plants but after seeing this video I'm considering changing to a planted aquarium. Link

    With the current setup I disturb the gravel with a syphon when doing water changes which hoovers up the crap.

    How are planted aquariums like the one in the video kept clean when doing water changes ?
     
  2. NaomiM

    NaomiM PetForums VIP

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    With sand, the poo doesn't sink down so far like it does with gravel, so you just hover the siphon a little way above the surface of the substrate and it picks it up. However, I've never personally gone for layered substrates as I reckon it would be too easy to accidentally mix them. You can get root tabs that you bury in the sand under root-feeding plants to give them the nutrition they need without the need for a specialist plant substrate. These ones worked great for me when I used to have more plants: http://www.aquariumplantfood.co.uk/fertilisers/apf-substrate-capsules-x-12.html
     
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  3. Fish novice

    Fish novice PetForums Junior

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    Thank you NaomiM.
     
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    Hi Fish novice, I just use gravel with my live plants. I vac the surface of the gravel between the plants to pick up debris and then in the open space I push the vac down into the gravel to clean it. I add liquid plant feed occasionally, but have always found that the fish poo works well as fertilizer! I hope this helps - enjoy!

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    My aquarium with added cat :D
     
  5. kittih

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    I have sand and plants and hover the tubing over the surface of the sand to pick up debris I do root around at the base of the plants when cleaning but if some pop degrades to form mum which feeds the plants there is no issue with this. Doesn't look as pristine but the plants like it. Too tabs for nutrition it a good idea.

    I prefer sand as a substrate as bit suits my corydorus and kuhlis better. I use children's playboy sand as it is inexpensive and safe.
     
  6. NaomiM

    NaomiM PetForums VIP

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    The mind boggles! Haha :p
     
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    Oops what a typo. :D

    Play pit sand in case anyone was wondering :)
     
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