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post #11 of 19 Old 08-28-2010, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Ok i try to add ferts per week and will see if there will be any difference.

A question of the subject... I got 2 Kribs lately and my gravel is black sand and has been going on for 9 months. The problem is that they are always moving the sand and have a lot of dirt on my mosses and plants. The filter is not doing a lot of water movement. Should i get another pump maybe i will have more water circulation? Or clean completely the filter?

The problem is that it is difficult to clean plants especially mosses with just siphon.

Thanks a lot for you help.
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-28-2010, 03:38 PM
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Ok i try to add ferts per week and will see if there will be any difference.

A question of the subject... I got 2 Kribs lately and my gravel is black sand and has been going on for 9 months. The problem is that they are always moving the sand and have a lot of dirt on my mosses and plants. The filter is not doing a lot of water movement. Should i get another pump maybe i will have more water circulation? Or clean completely the filter?

The problem is that it is difficult to clean plants especially mosses with just siphon.

Thanks a lot for you help.
Many cichlids like to move the substrate about. Are you vacuuming it weekly during the partial water change? Any portion not around plants should (or could) be vacuumed during the weekly pwc. But not around plant roots.

What is the filter? A stronger filter is probably not the answer, because detritus settles in the substrate naturally no matter how strong the filter (unless it is a raging torrent).

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post #13 of 19 Old 08-28-2010, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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well I have the Juwel Rekord 600 and I use the internal filter only. JUWEL Aquarium Homepage

I never vacuum it because it has alot of plants and the gravel is sand. How can i vacuum sand? This is the picture of my aquarium when the weather was cooler now i had to cut off the crypts because they where melting.

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post #14 of 19 Old 08-28-2010, 03:52 PM
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Hey, that is a very nice aquascape. Good work. Yes, crypts do not like significant temp changes and if the summer heat really raised the tank temp they will often melt. They'll come back, don't disturb the roots.

I would run the syphon tube just above the substrate; I have sand (play sand) in my 10 g and I find that you can do this and gently raise the sand ever so little without pulling it up into the hose, and the loos stuff will get sucked up. This tank of mine has no filter at all, so stuff really accumulates. But this works.

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post #15 of 19 Old 08-28-2010, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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What about under the driftwood and on the back of the aquarium since it is full of plants?

About the filter should i upgrade?
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What about under the driftwood and on the back of the aquarium since it is full of plants?

About the filter should i upgrade?
No to both questions.

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post #17 of 19 Old 08-28-2010, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks mate. I will just clean the filter then. I never did in 9 months but always made 25 % weekly water change.

Hope that when the weather would be cooler plants will splendor :)

Will keep you posted.

Yet again thanks for your help.
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post #18 of 19 Old 08-28-2010, 06:02 PM
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Congrats on a nice looking tank. I like it!
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post #19 of 19 Old 08-29-2010, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you
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