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    Hello everyone. I have a 35 gallon tank which has been set up for over a year. I have one goldfish and two algae eaters, no plants since the fish eat them. My question is why do I have so much brown gunk on the filter? I have to wash it every day or it gets clogged so the water goes over the overflow. The filter is for a forty gallon tank. I only feed the fish every other day and then only a small pinch of flakes, Any idea how to control the gunk and why there is so much of it? The tank sits in a corner away from any windows and had a light made for the tank that is on all day-off at night.

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    You need to do more cleaning of the substrate with a gravel vacuum, like 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Once your substrate is barely a brown color for every square inch, you will find that there will be less gunk build up in your filter. The gunk is organic material, and more likely a collection of fish waste from too much feeding in the past and not enough substate vacuuming.

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    What kind of filter, and what do you mean by "filter pad"?

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    The gunk is also a buildup of the bacterial wastes-isn't it? That tank has a very high bioload, you may want to invest in a second filter or a filter for something like a 75 gallon tank. What type of goldfish do you have?

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