Hi everyone, new to this forum...
I have a 180 Gallon freshwater which has been running for a little less than a year now.
I have around 70-80 inches of fish in the tank. I'm allowing for each fish to double its size; some species will grow more than that; others are already as big as I expect them to grow... The fish have been in there for about 4 months now, and for the most part no fatalities/diseases.
Anyway, my problem is my mechanical filter gets clogged litterally every other day & I'm constantly cleaning it. I think I'm over feeding them; but I don't know how much I should feed them. Everywhere online says 'feed them enough that they stop eating within 5 minutes'... I think this guideline must be for smaller aquariums; because my fish eat 3/4 ton in 5 minutes. I'm three them several large (very large) pinches twice a day. They tear through it in under a minute.
I do have 3 goldfish and 1 black moor in my tank. The black moor will stay as he is breathing fine and is my wife's favorite. The 3 goldfish (starter fish that I never took out) will go out to my Koi pond when the weather gets better... right now the temp shock would simply kill them.
-->The goldfish/moor & the angels fish tear through the food 10x faster than anyone else.
Other than the tannens from a irritating piece of bogwood; the water is clear.
One Fluval G6 - expensive, but I love it. Willing to get another, but would rather solve this problem.
One UV seralizer
One Water mover (salt water water pump)
I am trying to plant the tank right now.
Water details (from this morning):
Ammonia is at 0
Nitrate is around 30 (safe zone) this morning -- usually less... but never 0
Nitrite is around .2
Hardness (GH:75) soft
Alkalinity (KH80) moderate
ph 7.2 -- never seems to get any less - never gets above 7.8
Fish details (of note -- as there are way too many):
3 goldfish, 1 black moor
10 tigerbarbs (regret these little bastards)
the rest are community tetras