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Old 03-01-2009, 06:47 PM   #11
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you need to occasionally get the 'gunk' out from under the plate - or so I've been told. I personally don't think this is quite as bad a problem as some say. If water is flowing through the gravel, it's working. I use a canister filter (a Magnum 330 with a diatom filter) and hook the outlet in one hole and inlet in the other and let it blow the gunk out and filter it out. I do this whenever I feel - I can see the underside of my tank. The other great method I heard for doing this is to hook up a wet/dry shop vac, but I haven't tried that one yet.
I like the idea of using the lift tubes to filter under the gravel plate with the Magnum 330. Nice technique. Not sure the shop vac would be an upgrade over that.

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That's really all you have to do, no filter media to replace, no expensive equipment to buy - you just have to know how to maintain it right and then do it!
Other than the Magnum 330 with a diatom filter, but still like the method.
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:57 PM   #12
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how big was your oscar? oscars usually get way too big for a 29. did you have any other fish in there? maybe your bioload was too much which resulted in such a nasty tank.
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