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Old 12-02-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
 
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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
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
 
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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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Old 12-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
 
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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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Old 12-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #4
 
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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.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
 
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There's no water clarity issues, it is perfectly clear (better than it's ever been)
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:28 PM   #6
 
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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?

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Old 12-03-2011, 01:04 PM   #7
 
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He died
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