Help cleaning gravel in HEAVILY planted tank

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HI guys and gals, I have a new dilemma. I have a 10 gal tank with: 1 java fern, 3 java moss bunches, many wisteria, a marimo ball, 2 anubius, and water sprite floating.... how can I vacuum the gravel without all my plants uprooting? Is it even possible?

The problem is with a tank this small I can't even touch gravel without disturbing the plants. Am I just gonna have to deal with this pain in the rear? Thanks friends.

I'd like to do a water change and gravel vacuuming today, still no advice?

I've merged your posts since they were back to back with no response between. It helps to save a little space on the forum.
Thanks!
Ken
 

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Hello Ppate,

My Goldfish tank is planted. Usually the only part I vacuum is around the glass. I consider all the other debris to be fertilizer. You can gently skI'm the top if you want but personally I wouldn't disturb the plants.

Ken
 
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Oh, ok. Just allow the waste in the gravel bed, then allow the plants to take care of it? Well, that is a great answer, I can stop removing everything carefully then vacuuming the gravel. Thanks ken.

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Hey,
The plants will consume the waste in the gravel. It would be natural food for them. My tank is planted and I just stir the gravel and it keeps the tank nice and clean.
 

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