Non-Plant Sucking Siphon??

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Whenever I siphon my tanks, I am always afraid that I will suck up all of my plants. This makes it hard, because they are in areas that food and gunk goes. Are there any ways to do it so I can be sure it won't pull them out or damage their roots?
 
miker
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Don't worry about the gunk near Plant Roots - they are plant food. If your tank is densely planted and water parameters look bad, additional water changes should be done.
 
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The thing is, the tank is just dense enough for me to only be able to really siphon one area, and I don't have that many plants either!!
 
susitna-flower
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Even though it makes a mess, you can stir the water with something making small circles in the water, to bring up the poo...running the filters, and syphon the water.....IF you do this a couple times a week, it will keep things clean, without digging near the roots.
 
sirdarksol
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With my rooted plants, I usually poke around the area, stirring things up and gently touching the vacuum to plant/substrate. I've never had a plant sucked up by doing this. When I'm having a diatom outbreak in a new tank, I've even vacuumed the plants themselves. As long as the input can't get completely covered by a plant's leaf, there shouldn't be a problem (an entirely covered siphon creates enough suction to lift a sizable piece of slate, I have found)

With my java ferns and java moss, I generally avoid the area (they're on driftwood) and let the bottom feeders/shrimp deal with that mess.
 

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