Originally Posted by Babakapusta
That's one of the reasons it's gotten this far. I had to wait until I was well enough to know I could do the water changes. At least algae doesn't hurt the fish. They seem very happy with it.
Yeah, algae is yummy when its growing lovely and lush! 8)
Just not good for the tank parameters when its dying off en masse
Do you do water changes with a hose? I have a garden hose attached to my gravel vac so the tank water gets pumped straight out outside to the garden bed or drain. Then I bought a cheap attachment from the hardware store so I could attach a drinking water grade hose to my kitchen tap for refilling.
I couldn't manage any other way- my back struggles with the gravel vacuuming. Darn those tall tanks! I have one that is 70cm high and two that are 60cm. I bought a step ladder but its still a pain
Next tank will be custom made, and no more than 50cm high. (I mostly have bottom dwellers anyway)
I'd love a large fish one day- perhaps a cichlid so I won't have to keep a school. But the dynamics of a school are so cool