06-17-2010, 08:45 AM
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Will curbing my puffer fish help my water quality?
My stars and stripes puffer fish often leaves large globs of excrement at the bottom of the tank. In the interest of maintaining good water quality, I've begun cleaning up after him each morning I find it there. Do you think removing his excrement, as opposed to letting it decay in the aquarium, is beneficial for my water quality, or have I been wasting my time and getting unnecessarily wet every morning?
Fee-fi-fo-fum, somebody's been pooping in the aquarium. curbing3.jpg Alas, my IEED (Improvised Excrement Extraction Device) to the rescue! You need 1 fine mesh bag (often sold with aquarium resins), one hair tie, a stretch of tubing, and a wet/dry. (You can, of course, simply start a siphon from the tube into a bucket, but then you can only vacuum the sand bed until the bucket is full.) curbing.jpg
Put the fine mesh bag around one end of the tube and wrap the hair tie (or rubber band) around it a few times to ensure it stays there. curbing2.jpg Insert the end of the tube without the fine mesh bag on it into the aquarium. Start a siphon by putting the end of the tube that is not in the aquarium (this should be the one with the fine mesh bag on it) against your lips and drawing as much air as you can through the tube. This will start to draw water from the end of the tube that is in the aquarium. Make sure to remove the other end of the tube from your mouth before the water reaches it or you'll want to have some Listerine on hand! Now that water is flowing through the tube, put the end of the tube with the fine mesh bag on it into your wet/dry. This will allow you to vacuum for as long as you want - the excrement or waste gets trapped in the fine mesh bag and the water goes right into your wet/dry where it is ultimately returned to the tank.
curbing1.jpg Proceed to clean up after your fish. curbing6.jpg Admire your clean sand bed. curbingfin.jpg What do you guys think? Is this effort likely to yield any tangible benefits when it comes to water quality?