Originally Posted by julmaro
I am thinking of buying two pieces of glass 17x27 inches to cover the sides that are not covered by the other piece of glass that came glued to the inside of the aquarium. The reason is because I suspect a lot of dirt and dust is falling into the water and causing excess nutrients since the aquarium is in a covered porch but outside the house. The 50 micron filters get dirty and clogged too fast. But I'll leave like 2 inches at each side for air circulation.
my filter socks would get clogged every 3 days, and my tank was inside. i don't think the falling dirt and dust thing is your problem. closed systems can become overloaded very easily. most people recommend feeding enough so that it will be consumed in 3 minutes. this is a ridiculous idea imo
i feed my fish and it's gone in about 20-30 seconds. most people comment on how fat my fish are too.
everything you put in the tank stays there until you remove it. eaten or not.