Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

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Loch 03-21-2008 06:41 PM

So here's the scoop.

I have two tanks that are clean, rocks and all. I have one tank that's been running about a year I would guess. There's a lot of grime under the rocks...I don't have one of those cleaning tube things, wouldn't know how to work one. I want the fish in a clean tank...

Should I leave them be, or can I trasnfer them? There are 4 tetra, 2 molly's, 2 bottom feeders and an eel.

Is the muck under the rocks harmless?

Lupin 03-22-2008 03:44 AM

How long have you not disturb the substrate? Chances are the spots there are dead and disturbing them can release hydrogen sulfide resulting in the demise of the fish. Get a gravel vacuum cleaner and start cleaning the substrate. The fish will need moving out just as a precaution. Monitor your ammonia, nitrites and nitrates as well.

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