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  1. Question FX5+ All Other Hardware Mulm Build up


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    I dont know what im doing wrong but im not sure why my equiptment has so much mulm build up i guess thats what im going to call it. I was doing filter maintenence today opend my FX5 and heres a pic of what my sponges looked like also the biomax was filthy also.

    I gave both of my filter a deep cleaning today and changed all my filter floss aswell and the same thing with my AC110 and my UV Sterilizer pump. Why am i having such a buld up? i clean my filters like every 2-3 months. Dont worry about me cleaning my fliters at the same time i only have my Fx5 loaded with bio max to the max and my AC110 is just strictly mechanical housing sponges filter floss and chemi pure elite. But back to the issue is there something im doing wrong because im sure my filters are not supposed to be this filthy.
    110g All Male Peacock/Hap Tank

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    Weren't you over feeding your fish? Some fish are just messy, like some of those cichlids you have. I don't think it is necessarily anything you are doing wrong, but because your tank is heavily stocked with African cichlids. All that mulm in the filters might be the cause of your high nitrates. Some of us can get away with little filter maintenance, and some of us can't. You and I seem to be those who need to clean the filters more often than others.
    Last edited by mommy1; 05-09-2013 at 04:00 AM.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    I'm in that boat of needing to do maintenance on my filters about every 2 months vs waiting longer.

    My fish are happy and healthy. I have good param's. so its outside of my control. Just part of how our tanks are set up.

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    Reason im asking is because i have other people i talk to with the same overstocked african cichlid tank but their filter doesnt get as bad as mine.
    110g All Male Peacock/Hap Tank

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    A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass I had no cup, so I put it on a bun... - Slaphppy7 You are amazing! So smart and giving. - SeaLady Can't give you any more rep, but well said! - steeler58 Thank again!! You seem to enjoy your coffee. - steeler58 
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    Every tank is different, even if the size and fish are similar.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    +1 Honey Badger, they are all unique, and required maintenance will vary from time to time, I've found I cant say my filters need maintenance every x weeks or months, they need it when the flow slows or they're not appearing as efficient as usual

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    there is a new method aquarists are doing to cut down on all that 'mulm'. using the same principal and materials as a septic tank. "Rid-X", and "Septo-Bac" are two products that use an all natural pro-biotic way to use a helpful bacteria to break it all down. the pro-biotic bacteria also out-competes other bad bacteria which is supposed to keep the tank healthier. recent trials suggest this is a great way to keep your system optimal. I have a heavy bioload and I am keeping up with current trials.
    Thar she blows!!!

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    Do you have a pre-filter sponge on the FX5 intake? Seems like you need on the AC100 intake as well.
    Last edited by Taurus; 05-09-2013 at 05:31 PM.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    Do you have a pre-filter sponge on the FX5 intake? Seems like you need on the AC100 intake as well.
    pre filter sponge on the intake?
    110g All Male Peacock/Hap Tank

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    It's basically a "sponge filter" that is attached to the intake line of your FX5.

    so instead of the plastic cap, you put the "pre filter sponge" on it.

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