I have moderate planting. I really don't know how to clean the substrate without bothering the roots. I'll look into that. I usually clean the surface, glass & top of the substrate before doing the water changeBluMan1914 said:Mostly due to overfeeding. Cut back on the amount. Only enough that they eat it all within 2-3 minutes. Also make sure that you keep up with your water changes and substrate cleaning.
Appreciate it! Thanks!! Will definitely do thatBluMan1914 said:All you have to do is place your sypon slightly above the surface and swirl it around to cause the debris to be lifted. And then you can pick it up with the siphon.
With your plants just be careful around them. Depending on how strong your sypon is, it should be enough to pick up debris without disturbing the roots.
You can also use a turkey bastor around your plants to pick up debris.