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02-10-2013, 07:03 PM #1
I may be moving in the coming months - depending on whether I get a job I've interviewed for - so I'll finally have the room for the larger tank I want. I'm looking at a 75 or 55 gallon tank for my
2 Pink Kissing Gouramis
1 Common Pleco
and my Betta
I'm looking into having an Aquaclear 110 hang on the back filter and a Fluval 406 Canister filter. I'd run Sponge, Floss/Carbon when needed and some Ceramic in the Aquaclear and the Canister would have Sponge and mostly ceramic biomedia.
I think that is enough filtration for those four fish such a large tank.
My hardest problem with my current 36 or 40 gallon tank is simply waste - these guys are messy little buggers and no matter how much I try they do a pretty good job of clogging my intakes in a short period of time.
I change 10 gallons weekly and clean the mechanical parts of the filter (sponge and such) in the siphoned off waste water once a month. But every time I siphon it's just waste waste waste in the gravel bed.
I currently have a Fluval 205 on the 36 gallon tank - is this my problem? Am I under powered? Or are these fish just that messy...
I've also taken to pulling out most forms of decorations aside from broad leafed plants (fake - It's not planted) and wood decorations. Any crevices or holes in the more decorative pieces just fill with waste.
Any advice would be appreciated as I'd rather get a handle on it before I upgrade! Would it be worth it to be one of those battery operated siphons? I know most people hate those and say they don't work well - but with this level of waste it might be easier for spot clean ups than buckets..
02-10-2013, 07:14 PM #2
You'll need that bigger tank for the pleco as well as the gourami but I'm sure you know. Clogging intakes can be dealt with with a piece of sponge over the intake. A 406 by itself should easily be able to keep a 75 clean.
As long as you are on 0 ammonia and nitrite and your nitrate stays below 20ppm I wouldn't worry too much about visible dirt.
02-10-2013, 07:21 PM #3
...totally just replied a nice long post and it didn't post...lol.
Instead of a sponge could I perhaps fashion a sleeve out of maybe a filter media bag? Would this cause my tank to become even worse with waste than it already is though?
I'm sure a 406 could handle the 75 fine - I'm hoping the 110 Aquaclear might serve as a more mechanical workhorse and provide for easier cleanings when needed.
Even if my parameters are ok - the waste is unsightly - is it my filter that is not powerful enough to handle this? or are these fish just that messy?
Also - they don't tell you at 18 that plecos are monsters - 7 years later now I've found that out!
02-10-2013, 07:22 PM #4
Pleco's are poo machines. And your common plec is especially productive because of his size. And he's only going to get bigger. Glad you're getting him a larger tank.
I have a battery operated gravel vac. Don't waste your money. My Aquean water changer vacs more waste than the battery unit.
One other thing... most here suggest a minimum of 50
% water changes weekly. I'd up the # of gallons your changing out. It might help with water clarity if that's an issue due to the waste, not to mention it's a better environment for the fish.
It's just a part of keeping plecos - vaccing up after them :o)
Last edited by fishmommie; 02-10-2013 at 07:27 PM.
02-10-2013, 07:32 PM #5
Water clarity isn't an issue - that's why I haven't really increased my changes at all. It's mostly just the waste hanging around the bottom that can be kicked up and cause cloudy water (for a few minutes until it settles)
I've been wanting to get the larger tank for him for a long time - glad it's coming soon - he's not cramped - but he could def use more room.
02-10-2013, 07:48 PM #6
02-10-2013, 07:51 PM #7
How often do you vac the bottom? You don't always have to pair it with big water changes. Two vacs a week shouldn't take you 5 minutes and you only need to replace a bucket (or less) of water if done proficiently.
Poop vaccing is your job when you own a big pleco.
02-10-2013, 07:56 PM #8
02-10-2013, 07:57 PM #9
Nobody has commented on my question regarding my current filter.
Regardless of water changes and such - is my Fluval 205 appropriate for this tank size and load?
02-10-2013, 08:44 PM #10
Ultimately it depends on where your filtration keeps your water parameters but I tend to over filter and stock lightly. . .
That's roughly half the filtration I would use on that tank with that stock, & [As you intend to]I would have additional mech [already].
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