Gravel Vaccuming and Plants

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This may be a simple question but should you vac the gravel around live plants? I use a python to do all my water changes. I just worried about disturbing the root systems. My tank will be pretty heavily planted by the time it is all said and done so there won't be much to vac that isn't planted. Thanks!
 

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I try to get as much mulk as possible out of my planted tank. Try not to get to close to the base of the plant maybe an inch or two. Good Luck.
 

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Depends on the plants, stem plants like rotala and anarchis don't get much roots so going into the gravel an inch form the stem isn't a problem. PLants like swords and crypts grow more extensive systems and going into the gravel disturbs them, so if you plan on having a heavily planted tank then just hover it over the gravel and not go into it so you don't mess the roots up. Still gravel vac, just suck up the junk on the surface.
 
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Thanks! I was thinking somewhat along those lines but wasn't sure.
 

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