Cleaning debris from the sand at the bottom.
Ever since we got our Dog Face Puffer and Bicolor Angel we have been putting frozen silverside fish (thawed out of course), mysis congelee, and krill into the tank.
It seems little of it gets eaten, and the bottom of the tank is starting to look very littered. We had our water tested recently and our ammonia levels went way up- I'm not sure if it is on account of adding the two large fish or because of the waste accumulating at the bottom.
It is extremely difficulty to pick up the uneaten pieces of food with a net from the sand at the bottom of the tank.
Is there some kind of a scavenger fish that will eat uneaten food from the bottom of the tank so that the tank does not become a graveyard of decomposing, uneaten food? Or is there another solution to this problem?
You are over feeding. If you cut back on just one feeding a day till the ammonia goes down. That will get your ammonia down. For the depris on the bottom there are numorous things. In my reef setup I have a sand sifting star fish that eats depris out of the sand. My emrald crabs(which eat algea) will eat uneaten food of the bottom. (If it ever made it that far) I have a serpeant star fish that eats meat. At night he scavenge's the tank looking for food. He has even hate dead fish that I couldn't reach. For now you can siphon out all the left over food. When thats done Feed them once a day till you notice that the ammonia is droping then you can resume your normal feeding routine . Then only feed them what they can consume.
If you don't see the fish eating the food I won't give it to them. My fish wont touch the krill either so I just stop putting it in the tank. For your problem with the food on the bottom it's kind of hard to pick excatly which to get because the dog face puffer ears invert. to keep there teeth filed down. You will have to experiment with it to see what the puffer will eat any of the invert. They sell siphon hose's at walmart or your local fish store. When you do it just becareful not to disturb the sand bed to much. I would go with the siphon hose because you wouldn't want to spend money on some inverts. just to have them eatin by the puffer. For the Bi-color they like meaty foods such as small pieces of shellfish, plus Mysis and brine shrimp, live or frozen; also plenty of green foods and algae (will consume algal growth in tank)
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