Dwarf hair grass!

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I've got some of these coming from Liveaquaria.com and I'm kind of curious because I don't know what I'm going to do when it comes time to vacuum my tank substrate. You can't exactly tear up the plant by digging deep in the rocks. So what do I do?

What do some of you do?

What are some good options?
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Matt replied the topic: Re: Dwarf hair grass!

I would vac very gingerly over the top of where their roots were, but in reality the plants use that waste as a food source.

I know Big-Ken is heavy into planted tanks so I'd tend to defer more to his advice than mine.

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Dwarf hair grass!

EHall67 just vacuums around the roots. He might chime in too, if he pulls up a plant he gently replants it.

In my densely planted tank, I'm never going to vacuum - but that has a few shrimps, a tiny guppy and a smallish siamese fighter in it, hardly your most vigorous poopers.

In my oscar tank, I have plants, and I just vacuum around them. This isn't a carpet plant, though.

There is a whole group of fishkeepers that believe you should never disturb your gravel, as a deep gravel bed is an excellent nitrate filter. Here's some reading, if you're interested:
www.aquaworldaquarium.com/Articles/TonyGriffitts/silent_killer.htm
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www.wetwebmedia.com/ca/volume_7/volume_7_1/dsb.html

Deep gravel beds used to be the norm a while back, but I don't know how well this works with large, messy fish, or with carpet plants.
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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re: Dwarf hair grass!

Just hover over the top, you will also benefit if you direct your filter output or a power head over it so it doesn't collect to much stuff
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