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Old 12-24-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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What should i do?!?!

I have a cichlid tank with 4 fish.. It's a 55 gallon long. I have one double filter for 30-60gallons. The fish keep defecating on the sand and it is very visible and is not getting filtered -.-

1) should I get a sucker fish
2) do I need a stronger filter
3) do I have to empty and clean sand every frickin day?

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
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I have a cichlid tank with 4 fish.. It's a 55 gallon long. I have one double filter for 30-60gallons. The fish keep defecating on the sand and it is very visible and is not getting filtered -.-

1) should I get a sucker fish
2) do I need a stronger filter
3) do I have to empty and clean sand every frickin day?

PLEASE HELP
A sucker won't touch the poopies, that has to be vacuumed out, unfortunately sometimes shrimp will pick it apart so it dissolves quicker, the BB will have a chance to break it down. They will also provide a tasty and nutritious snack for the cichlids!! I keep ghost shrimp, they're hardy and cichlids love them
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BB? and also, how much is a vacuum? will the vacuum suck the sand in too?
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:25 AM   #4
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BB is beneficial bacteria. You can get hand pump siphon vacuums at an affordable price. I can't remember the price I paid for mine off the top of my head. Top Fin @ Petsmart is what I have. As far as vacuuming with a sand substrate, you hold the vacuum a couple inches from the sand and move the end piece in a circular movement so as to lift the waste up, but keeping the end piece far enough from the sand to keep disturbance at a minimum. If that makes sense.
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Price is no more than $19.99 @ Petsmart for the XL. Large and smaller sizes are less.
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Or get a powerhead like I did, had the same problem. It keeps the poo from settling and hopefully find its way to the filter. Also vac the sand every WC
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They are cheap and it's more of a syphon than an actual vacuum. Once you get the water flowing just hold it about an inch above the sand and it will grab the nasties and leave the sand alone.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:28 AM   #8
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Or get a powerhead like I did, had the same problem. It keeps the poo from settling and hopefully find its way to the filter. Also vac the sand every WC

what is a powerhead?
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You should do a vac everyone you do a water change. Your taking the water out anyways why not take the poop with it? And a power head is a pump that moves the water... I don't know it hard to explain. Basically it is used to increase water circulation.
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You don't need to vacuum everyday. I vacuum weekly when I do my water change.

Also don't get ghost shrimp, your Cichlids will eat them very quickly so its pointless.
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