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Reece 12-02-2011 01:48 PM

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

Calmwaters 12-02-2011 02:01 PM

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.

Reece 12-02-2011 02:04 PM

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

finsNfur 12-03-2011 09:53 AM

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.

Reece 12-03-2011 11:34 AM

There's no water clarity issues, it is perfectly clear (better than it's ever been)
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finsNfur 12-03-2011 12:28 PM

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?

Reece 12-03-2011 01:04 PM

He died
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