How to vacuum clean planted tank?

  1. moonraingirl Member Member

    Hi everyone.
    Ok, this is a dumb question and it proves how clumsy I am. Almost like Bella from Twilight! :)
    So today I was vacuuming my planted tank for the first time. And I uprooted 3 plants! Is that normal? How can I clean the substrate if there are many plants? Or is it normal to replant them after each cleaning?
    Could I just put them into small plastic pots and remove them during the cleaning, than put them back when the substrate is clean?
    It's so difficult for me to plant them into substrate because I am short and the tank is quite tall and it's so incovenient to try to prevent the plants from floating to the surface by burying them with wooden spoons. Especially that plant which looks like tall grass.
     
  2. jasonstanks Initiate Member

    i vacuum right on top of my dwarf sag and other plants and dont pull them up , just be gentle and first and foremost buy a set of long tweezers to help in planting, i got mine on ebay really cheap.... but make sure to get stainless
     

  3. moonraingirl Member Member

    Maybe I didn't burry them feel enough. Maybe I'll buy tweezers some day but right now they are too expensive for me. Shipping from eBay or Amazon would be even more expensive than buying locally as I am in Europe :)
    But yes, I will try to plant them deeper.
     

  4. bigdreams Well Known Member Member

    Why vacuum a planted tank? I never vacuum mine unless absolutely needed (like vacuuming up dead camallanus worms after levamisole treatment, which I hope I never have to do again). I do have a heavily planted dirt tank though... With healthy population of MTS snails to eat up left over food and other stuff.

    To answer your question, I just hovered over, never stuck the vacuum into the substrate.
     

  5. moonraingirl Member Member

    Thank you. I wanted to vacuum clean because I'm afraid of toxins and ammonia. So if I buy snails and plant a couple more plants (right now plants are on about 70% area) will it be OK without vacuuming? That's good news.
     

  6. el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    I would just vacuum the open areas around the plants to avoid disturbing them.
     
  7. bigdreams Well Known Member Member

    Don't over feed... It should be ok..depends on the fish you have... If some tetras should be ok... If you have goldfish or other major poop machines, indeed maybe need to vacuum to keep it clean..