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post #1 of 7 Old 12-02-2011, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question Things in Gravel

Hey guys,

Since I've had my tank whenever I siphon the gravel there are always things coming out of the gravel that mess up the water and make it look really bad for a couple hours. Does anyone else have this? I'm thinking it's the bio-load left from past fish? (My tank's empty at the moment, re-stocking this monday, and trying live plants, let's see how that goes )

Just to confirm, by bio-load I mean their "leavings", I've gathered that from past times I've seen the word and it relates to that

"Don't leave something good, to find something better, once you know you had the best, the best has found better" -Drake

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- 7 Harlequin Rasbora
- 1 Bristlenose Pleco
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-02-2011, 03:01 PM
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Yes I would think that it is stuff left over from the other fish nothing to worry about in my opinion it will just make food for your plants when you get them.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-02-2011, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much. Relieved about that lol. I'd be gutted if after all the planning for this monday I couldn't do it because of some problem with the gravel

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- 1 Bristlenose Pleco
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-03-2011, 10:53 AM
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That sounds like what it is, but it could cause an ammonia spike if it's actually clouding your water. I'd keep doing periodic gravel vacs until it clears up a bit.

~46g with angel fish, bn pleco, cherry barbs, lemon tetras, rainbowfish
~37g with guppies, otos, swordtails
~29g with platies, CPD's, female bettas, bn pleco, apple snails
~20long with 24k and silver mollies, glass catfish, apple snails
~14g with opaline gourami
~10g with male betta
~pond with adult and juvenile goldfish, and several frogs
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-03-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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There's no water clarity issues, it is perfectly clear (better than it's ever been)
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-03-2011, 01:28 PM
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I'm not talking about clarity, I'm talking about ammonia, which you wouldn't be able to see. How often did you previously vacuum your gravel? If it wasn't on a regular basis, such as weekly, there is likely a lot of fish waste in the gravel. When you swish it around you can cause an ammonia spike. What you were seeing was the fish waste, which causes ammonia. What happened to the previous fish in the tank?

~46g with angel fish, bn pleco, cherry barbs, lemon tetras, rainbowfish
~37g with guppies, otos, swordtails
~29g with platies, CPD's, female bettas, bn pleco, apple snails
~20long with 24k and silver mollies, glass catfish, apple snails
~14g with opaline gourami
~10g with male betta
~pond with adult and juvenile goldfish, and several frogs

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