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Dirty gravel and such
So my 10g has been up for about 3 weeks now and some of the gravel is getting really dirty. There is a specific spot that most of the fish hang out and I know they're defecating there so that spot is getting really dirty. It isn't all of the gravel just pieces here and there that have greenish/brown stuff on them. How should I go about cleaning it?
Also, the glass at the bottom of the aquarium is also getting dirty as well as a pot I have in there. I know I can just wipe clean the dirty glass but what should I do about the dirty pot? Just take it out and give it scrub down?
If your just dealing with left overs so to say then I'd use a gravel vacuum for your weekly water exchange. Just push it in the gravel a lil bit and suck up the dirt and keep on doing this until you have your 30-40% water out each week to replace with fresh.
If however the 'stuff' on your gravel is more hair like or slime like or green dots on your front glass then you're dealing with algae there.
If this is a new tank, then it is probably just brown algae (diatoms actually). This is very commom when a tank is first set up, and once it becomes more established the algae should become less of a problem. I would simply vacuum the gravel carefully (too much at once may mess up your cycle), and take out the pot and give it a scrub in the old tank water. The glass can be easily wiped down- my favorite are those magnetic scrubbers because they are so easy and make less water disruption as you use them. Hope this helps!
Thanks guys. :)
Diatoms are quite simple to determine...Does it look like someone sprinkled Cinnamon over your decor/ plants? Then that's diatoms!
For cleaning the inside of my tank's glasses I simple use a new kitchen sponge that's never been in touch with chem's (you know the 1's green on one side and yellow on the other) that's what I have been using w/out issues for years now. Just be sure you get no gravel/ sand between the glass & sponge cause that WILL scratch your glass then.
It does look like there is some cinnamon sprinkled over some of my plants. So this is probably diatoms. This is nothing to worry about? It will clear up on it's own?
It usually does. It comes off pretty easily if you want to give it a wipe.
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