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Old 03-06-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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How do I remove solid fish waste.

I have ammonialeves that are rising weekly due to the solid waste build up, not from over feeding. I have a siphon vac. but it does not work because my sand is so fine. When I try to vac. It pulls out 80% water 19% sand and 1% fish waste due to the fact it is larger and heavier then the sand. What is the solution?
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:13 AM   #2
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try some power heads that worked for me place them so there is no dead spots then it will break down faster so your filter will take over
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:23 AM   #3
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I have 2 1300's in a 55 gallon tank, and a protein skimmer as well as a fluval 70 gallon filter, there is plenty of flow, just waste is all over the place and like I said my ph levels increases at. .25 per week
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I meant ammonia levels
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:45 AM   #5
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Is the tank cycled? Because if a tank is properly cycled, the BB should be able to handle the bioload as long as a bunch of fish weren't added all at once. How long has the tank been up? What ammonia source did you use to cycle the tank? A conch will eat the poo left on the bottom- love mine, but like I said, if its cycled, there shouldn't be an ammonia spike.
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id play around with the powerheads until theres no dead spots on the bottom. its a pain and takes awhile but itll work.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:03 AM   #7
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Yeah I'd have to agree sounds like the power heads aren't set up right
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