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post #1 of 21 Old 06-04-2007, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning small volume tanks (10g)

I can't get more than half of the gravel in my 10 gallon vacuumed before i've sucked out 30-40% of the water. Is there some product/method i'm not aware of that would let me vacuum for longer without using so much water? Or is this just a downside to a small volume aquarium?
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-04-2007, 10:58 PM
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Do you have fairly prolific fish? I have three 12g now and right now, none of them are even filling up the substrate so I only vacuum it once every other week and I can get in the whole floor. If your fish are producing that much, you might want to consider twice weekly changes.
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-04-2007, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have fairly prolific fish? I have three 12g now and right now, none of them are even filling up the substrate so I only vacuum it once every other week and I can get in the whole floor. If your fish are producing that much, you might want to consider twice weekly changes.
3 tiger barbs
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post #4 of 21 Old 06-04-2007, 11:17 PM
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First, I would look to moving the fish to a larger tank. Tiger barbs get to be 3" each and they require quite a bit of space to move around in. I have tiger barbs in a 90g and there are times when even that seems a bit small for them with how mobile they are. My cherry barbs are pretty active in the other 90g, but they are smaller and aren't as active as the tigers. As for the pleco, they do tend to be heavy impact on the bioload and prolific poopers. If it's a common pleco, it will definitely outgrow the 10g.

Do you know what the other kind of catfish is?
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Do you know what the other kind of catfish is?
i'm not sure, he's about 2" long

i also just noticed his top fin, has it been nipped by the barbs? my LFS said that he would be ok with them.

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post #6 of 21 Old 06-04-2007, 11:46 PM
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That is a Cory (Corydoras) Catfish. They prefer to to be in groups. It's hard to tell from the pic which type it is. I like Cory cats. A fun catfish. The more you have, the more entertaining they are to watch. They will get to be 3" or so for most varieties.

As for the nipping, tiger barbs do get pretty nippy in groups less than 6.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-04-2007, 11:54 PM
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Your pleco is pushing everything to the limit. What species is that? Plecos are very messy and are large waste producers. They are mainly the contributors of too much wastes around your tank.

I'd replace the pleco for more cories if I were you.

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It's hard to tell from the pic which type it is.
does this pic help at all?

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Your pleco is pushing everything to the limit. What species is that? Plecos are very messy and are large waste producers. They are mainly the contributors of too much wastes around your tank.

I'd replace the pleco for more cories if I were you.
cories dont clean the glass though, right? i'd rather get a larger tank than get rid of the pleco. let me see if i can get a shot of him, he likes to hide a lot.
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Cories do not clean the glass. Best to clean the tank glass by yourself rather than rely on a plec. In this case, you are likely to have lesser troubles with your water parameters and even tank maintenance. If that plec is a common plec, it'll quickly outgrow your 10 gallons and at 12 inches and bigger, it'll need a very large tank preferably 55 gallons.

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