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Please excuse my complete lack of knowledge here all :D . I love these vavariums I'm seeing and would love to make one myself. I've been reseaching dendros for a few days now and all I keep reading is how clean you need to keep things, makes sense. So my question here is how the heck do you clean these set-ups? Looks like everything is foamed and stuck to the tank, sonds like a nighmare when cleaning time comes around.
 

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You dont need to clean the viv, the plants do it for you, but the glass may need to be wiped down every now and then becuase of mineral build up etc. also water in a water feature may need changing every now and then.
 

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The only real cleaning I do in my azureus tank is removal of water from the false bottom and wipe down the walls (I only really do this when I take some pics.) I just leave the rest to break down and wat not. Basically it’s a little ecosystem and it takes care of itself.

Hope this helps.
ADAM

P.S. I also do some plant trimmings as needed as well as removals when plants get to big or die.
 
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Great :D , thats what I was hoping to hear! Looks great AND cleans its self.....yep, I need to try this.
 
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if you build the vivarium right from the false bottom all the way to the flora, a nitrogen cycle will do the cleaning for you. also, if you use distilled water, the glass will stay clean. if you use a false bottom, and have a sump tank, you can filter the water there either mechanically or naturaly. also, if you have bought soil, add a handfull or clean soil from out side, some potted plants will also have micro fauna, which breaks down the waste. you want a waste bi-product that is non-organic if possible...sorry, you can also add some sowbug or pillbugs which both help break down the waste. you will want sterile ones if possible. do some research on the nitrogen cycle, bio-load limits or just jump in - but at least give the vivarium a few months (3) to establish and replant if needed, before making it a home for the animals.
 
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a cool trick that i just employed with my tank in the cleaning department:

I bought a windshield wiper for a car that was the same length as the width of the tank. When the condensation prevents me from viewing my beautiful babies, a quick swipe with the wiper blade leaves crystal clear spot free glass! it works really well and i dont have to be in the tank very long to stress them out.
 
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wipers and condinsation...

there wouldn't be so much condinsation on the glass if you use a blower fan or regualr computer fan to move air across it. hope this helps.
 
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