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Old 03-09-2003, 05:46 AM   #1
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Tank and filters need cleaning too often

100 gal. tank w/ 3 Oscars, 2 Pacus, 1 Jack demsey, 1 Pleco
We're having to change the filters and clean the tank about every 4 or 5 days. Any ideas on what might be causing it to get dirty so fast or how to keep it cleaner, longer would be appreciated.

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What are you feeding and how often?

What type of filter are you using?
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Old 03-09-2003, 11:39 AM   #3
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flakes and pellets, once a day.
3 power filters and 1 bio-filter
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Old 03-09-2003, 04:15 PM   #4
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A lot of it depends on how much you feed your fish at each serving,
if you throw a large handful in once a day chances are that most will get sucked up the filter. You can feed your fish 5 small servings a day if you like.
What I do is feed my fish 3 times a day and make sure that they eat everything and no leftovers. this way excess food will not get sucked into the filter as food in your filter causes harmful bacteria for your fish.

If your fish food is not getting sucked up chances are you have very good filteration, as they do suck up anything it can.
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Old 03-09-2003, 05:21 PM   #5
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If you aren't already I would recomend a large cannister filter or two.
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if your fish are babies they will be ok for awhile, but your tank will soon be overcrowded--oscars are very messy eaters, and most of what they take in the seem to shred and put out into the water just for the filters....are you aware how large a pacu alone can get??
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the oscars and pacus are about 6 in. already
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already using canister filter
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feeding the fish smaller amounts, more often, seems to be working.
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too small of a tank for one, 2 pacus will alone need at least a 250 gallon. The 3 oscars, their own 200g, as for the pleco it could go with the oscars for cleaning. The jack dempsey I really don't know as I'm not really into cichlids. The reason you're cleaning so much is that your tank is WAY too overcrowded.
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