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Old 03-07-2010, 02:18 PM   #31
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Do you have any powerheads in the tank? The food shouldn't be sinking that fast if there is proper flow in the tank. The RO/DI unit that i got was 99$ with free shipping and it is a 5-Stage 75GPD unit, which is pretty good considering most 5-stages go for around 150$+ on retail sites.

Not very ethical.. but i guess you could leave one fish in there if it does die.. But that would be a rather messy alternative to keeping a raw shrimp in a media sock.
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well i have a filter system with 2 hoses coming out the side, and i have them in a Y shape , they are adjustable. Should i make an S
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Old 03-07-2010, 03:23 PM   #34
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That looks pretty good, and if your getting good flow, then maybe you're putting too much food in clumped together and it just sinks because of it. What kind of food is it?
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I had that problem for a while too. I was putting in how much food the fish should eat, but was doing it all at once, not giving them time to eat it. I started slowing down and only dropping a few pellets at a time. Takes me 10 minutes or so to feed my tanks, but I have a lot less of the food hitting the bottom of the tank.

for example, instead of dropping 12 pellets I'll drop 3 or 4 at a time, wait, then drop more. I do all my tanks like this now, and at the same time, so I kinda just walk in a circle around the room where my tanks are. lol
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ok well thank you very much guys im prepping for the water change now. i feel like ive been lied to, i have some more general questions. Do you guys keep distilled water laying around or just use tap water with a softner product like im doing. I also noticed the clowns are spitting the food out im giving them. This is a sign of stress?
The distilled water will be ok until you can buy a RODI unit. However Distilled water usually cost around $1 per gallon, so it would be much more cost effective in the long run to get the RODI unit. Or, some fish stores sell RODI water, usually for around .20-.35 per gallon.
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i have a question about tank cleaning now, vacuuming the bottom, only a 20 gallon what do i need and how do i do it. I have crushed coral and sand bottom. so i hear it will be a little difficult
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i have a question about tank cleaning now, vacuuming the bottom, only a 20 gallon what do i need and how do i do it. I have crushed coral and sand bottom. so i hear it will be a little difficult
Get something like this: http://www.marinedepot.com/Python_Sm...PY1333-vi.html
I don't know if this one does it or not, but some of them can start the sihpon on their own just by shaking it up and down under water. Then it works like a vacuum to suck out all the detritus from the substrate. Having Crushed Coral, you will probably want to do this at least once a month. I had Crushed Coral in my first tank too. Now I have a shallow sandbed and I don't vacuum it anymore.
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