vacuuming the substrate with plants

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So to my surprise as much as anyone else's, Wicket's home is becoming more and more a planted aquarium. I can't believe how well things grow in there (despite low light and no special fertilisers, and a rampaging oscar - but the plants are also not very demanding as well).

Now, with there being more and more root systems throughout the substrate, I have run into a problem. How do you vacuum without disrupting your plants?

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re: vacuuming the substrate with plants

In my planted tank I don't vac the sub at all, I just hover around the base but I have sand so everything just sits on top I figure anything down in will be broken down and used by the plants
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: vacuuming the substrate with plants

with my sand tanks I really am just on the top now... but I did and still do have a gravel tank growing amazon swards right now and I vac like normal I have never really seen to many ill effects form gravel vacing with plants it might even push the roots in deeper... plus in that tank I some times move plants thats roots are bigger than the plant I just take time to slowly pull them out and then gently rebury everything ...

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: vacuuming the substrate with plants

thank you, Eddie and Ken :)

I don't think leaving an oscar tank un-vacuumed is a good idea, so I've just vacuumed around them normally (previously I used a piece of airline tubing to carefully go around them - this doesn't work well, so I asked).

There seems to be no serious harm to the plants. Although Wicket has decided to mow them, so my plant success time may be coming to an end.
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donk232 replied the topic: Re: vacuuming the substrate with plants

i love plants and i was decided on plants and cichlids. what all do u have growing with ur oscar? sherbie hated java fernm but for the most part didnt destroy other plants.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: vacuuming the substrate with plants

donk232 wrote: i love plants and i was decided on plants and cichlids. what all do u have growing with ur oscar? sherbie hated java fernm but for the most part didnt destroy other plants.


Fast growing things that can also grow floating survives well. Like Anachris?

I have three water lily bulbs also doing just fine.

Java moss on all the driftwood, and normal valisneria is doing ok, but Wicket grabs them and swims them all over the tank sometimes.
Try and see? Stay away from red-leaved plants, they're likely to not do so well. They typically need super bright light to grow.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: vacuuming the substrate with plants

quantity really helps when keeping plants I am telling you !!!

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tjwalley replied the topic: Re: vacuuming the substrate with plants

I'll vouch for ehalls suggestion, the more that get planted the better. I added several plants all at once and this is the most sucess i've had with live plants and cichlids yet!
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