11-10-2011, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by jdiaz
Well i do 100% water changes because my tank tend to get dirty real fast. when i clean it there is leftover food and poop. Not alot alot. and i like my tank to be clean, the bottom of the tank is why i clean it so muck because since it is a ten gallon if i try to siphon the tank it will drain all the water by the time i am half way finished cleaning the gravel and sometimes there is food and poop floating in the tank. The filter i have came with the setup and it cleans well but not the gravel. I want to get an UGF but I hear that they really do not work. I do want to get a bio filter but they are too expensive and i want to get a filter for a twenty gallon but there would be too much current.
It sounds like you are feeding way too much. Or perhaps you expect the tank to be more "clean" than is natural.
This is a 10g tank, with 2 molly, 1 betta, and 2 ghost shrimp. You really should have a larger tank for the molly. But staying with what you now have, it can be managed. The volume of a water change should not normally exceed about half the tank, and once a week. You mentioned plants, if they are live that will help the water, and some of the waste should be left in the substrate where bacteria will break it down into essential nutrients for the plants.
When you do the water change, hold the siphone just above the gravel to pick up bits of stuff. Feed only once a day, and minimally. A couple flakes for each fish will provide all they need.