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Old 05-07-2004, 12:36 AM   #1
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An auto feeder mishap and the fallout

My office tank (15 gal. with 11 fish and 1 adf) was traumatized last weekend. I accidently set the auto feeder too high, and I came to work on Mondat to a very cloudy, smelly tank. On Mon, Tue and Wed I did 20% water changes, and also changed the filter. (carbon with the penguin biowheel) Thursday, it is still cloudy. I'm concerned that this will harm my fish. Should I be doing something else? I should mention that the tank has been fairly clear for the 2.5 years I have maintained it. Comments and suggestions, please!
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Old 05-07-2004, 11:06 AM   #2
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It probably won't harm the fish. You need to check the water parameters--ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. What type(s) of fish are you keeping?
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Gravel vacumming when you do your water changes would be a good idea to get that food out of the substrate. Your tank will eventually clear up. Do you have an undergravel in there too (I hope not)

For the future, if you're going to be gone for only a weekend or 3-4 or even 5 days you won't have to worry about feeding them at all. They will be just fine. They will be very happy to see youwhen you return though.
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Thanks, snapcrackler. I did vacumm the gravel 3x, once with each water change. Another question: I saw on a post that a heavily planted tank does not need gravel vacumming. (unless, of course, there is a mishap ) Any advice in that area?
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