05-16-2010, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Angel079
If your just dealing with left overs so to say then I'd use a gravel vacuum for your weekly water exchange. Just push it in the gravel a lil bit and suck up the dirt and keep on doing this until you have your 30-40% water out each week to replace with fresh.
If however the 'stuff' on your gravel is more hair like or slime like or green dots on your front glass then you're dealing with algae there.
They aren't leftovers. My cories make sure those are all gone. :P But I do use the gravel vacuum with my water changes to get some of the gunk in the gravel.
Originally Posted by Kim
If this is a new tank, then it is probably just brown algae (diatoms actually). This is very commom when a tank is first set up, and once it becomes more established the algae should become less of a problem. I would simply vacuum the gravel carefully (too much at once may mess up your cycle), and take out the pot and give it a scrub in the old tank water. The glass can be easily wiped down- my favorite are those magnetic scrubbers because they are so easy and make less water disruption as you use them. Hope this helps!
It is a new tank and it does look like it could be algae. So this isn't much of a big deal then? Last water change I did I vacuumed a lot of the gravel and my cycle seems to be fine still but I'll be more careful next time. As for the scrubber, I should check that out. In the mean time what can I use to clean the glass?
Thanks guys. :)