get a gravel vacuum, and gently vacuum the gravel. do not completely empty your tank. do not wash the ammonia remover with hot water or with tap water (actually do not clean it that much at all). once you have a good set up (fish - plant ratio). you do not need to clean your tank much. all you have to do is to vacuum gravel perhaps once a month, and take about 20% water out of the tank (possibly when you are vacuuming) and put fresh water in.
i personly take them out to get a good clean
I use a siphon tube and have not had any trouble. I'm pretty slow, gentle, and deliberate so as not to damage the leaves, but it does seem to take some abuse as I moved it from one aquarium to another. It didn't seem to bother it.
I would do much less gravel syphening with these. These plants are actually eating a lot of the nasties that settle in your gravel!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
If you have an established aquarium eco system, you really shouldn't have to do much except, partial water changes (25%) once a week and a 50% change once very 4-6 weeks.
Maintain a good mechanical/biological filter system.
Get a good gravel vacuum and you won't have to uproot your plants. Just vacuum as much of the gravel you can working around your plants.
The plants can use some of the waste in the gravel as fertilizer anyways.
If you really have to move your plants, try not to tear or rip on the roots.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
you a aquarium vacuum, they are not electronic, it works with gravity to create suction. When doing so you will need a large bucket. This will clean the gravel and remove some water.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
- Moreno Valley
First off, what cleaning are you talking about? Cleaning off algae, cleaning the gravel? What I do when I clean my gravel is to find out where the roots of the plants are and make a circle around it with one of my hands (yes, I'm not afraid to stick my arm, up to my elbow, in a fish tank) and use my other hand to siphoon clean the gravel. As for algae, I don't have that problem. It's a good and healthy way for your fish to get its greens.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
an anonymous customer
- Portage, IN
I would use a siphon to clean the gravel and just be very gentle around the plants. After all, you're taking their food away when you clean the tank.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
- Santa Rosa, CA
The best way to do this is using a NON Battery operated gravel vacuum. Then it will gently clean the gravel but still suck up the YUCK on the tank. I even used it to clean the leafs on plant when they're dirty.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
- Chesterfield, MI.
A small aquarium vaccum hose would be best so that you can clean around them. You are not supposed to fully empty and refill your aquarium. They will also be fine though for a few minutes to take them out of the water if you are for some reason doing a total empty and refill. You can just put them back into place however you like when you are done. These are hardy plants and will grow like weeds.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago