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Old 10-27-2004, 10:07 AM   #11
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I still won't be able to get all the food out though, some will be stuck on the bottom (it'd need to be scraped off which I guess will affect bacteria).

I'm just concerned this could contribute to extra ammonia/nitrite?
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Old 10-27-2004, 10:15 AM   #12
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You will not be able to get it all out. Just get all you can. Make sure you test often, and keep a rigid water change schedule.
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I'm going to be doing 50% every week. Hopefully that'll be ok - I've cycled the QT this time to cut down on the hassle! :P
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Yeah, my clownfish freaked the first few times I cleaned the bottom but now they like to charge at the tube. It's kind of cute. Of course, the first time they draw blood the cuteness factor will diminish significantly . . .
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So, I shouldn't be worried about some food/powder stuck to the bottom?
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Old 10-27-2004, 02:07 PM   #16
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Get what you can get, and just keep a check on your water conditions.
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Would it be ok to actually wipe the bottom of the tank? Or would this get rid of a lot of bacteria?
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Old 10-27-2004, 02:20 PM   #18
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If it makes you feel better, go ahead and take a tank scrubber and give it a good scrubbing. Just siphon out all the loose junk that gets stirred up.

Hey Mark, on a side note: I notice in your threads and post that you are very worried about alot of things. While it is very important to make sure we are doing things right, it is also very important to enjoy your aquarium experience. Don't let every little thing keep you worried or upset. As long as you are doing what you should be doing, let nature handle the rest.

Don't worry Be Happy!!
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Old 10-27-2004, 03:00 PM   #19
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I know...

I just lost 2 fish before in QT, probably because of high nitrites/ammonia, and the fact that several 50% waterchanges didn't bring them down.

I purposefully cycled my QT this time (took 5 weeks!) so that I wouldn't have this problem, so I don't want to leave a load of food in there (stuck to the bottom) and have it mess things up.

I think I'll scrub the bottom and then get my net and catch most of the junk...if you don't think that'll harm the bacteria? Last question I promise.

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I dont think it will harm the bacteria at all.

What kind of filtration do you have in qt?

Do you have pvc fittings? How many?

What size is your qt?

Any PH's?

Sorry if I missed this info before.
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