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post #541 of 1382 (permalink) Old 10-18-2012, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Fluval 405, but its not working. He thinks its clogged.

About 14 angelfish. Some ginormous ones, some maybe larger half dollar size.
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post #542 of 1382 (permalink) Old 10-18-2012, 03:48 AM
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How big is the tank?

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judging by the livestock and filter, might be 75g+

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The view when I first saw it, the ipad quality really takes away how awful it looks




woops headtilt

Its a 55g.
Got real plants and driftwood in it which is unexpected but nice. I see um, crypts, anubias, java, that big sword, and a banana lily- all healthy but filled with algae.


As you can see from the tests, desperately needs a WC- no nitrites though? So how would you go about this? The filters not working.

Idea atm is: I picked up a gravel-vac...I'm excited to try it out because that gravel is NASTY- think brown mulm,poop EVERYWHERE. I'll run out of water before I suck it all up. Maybe move all the fish into buckets but they dont have a big bucket.
Take out all the plants? Yes or no. I bet theyre heavily rooted, specially the crypts/sword. I def wanna take the wood out to scrub.
Giant water change. 80-90%...too much on them? Should I just do 50? I dont want to kill them either. The tank smells rank...I poked my head in and eew!!
Baking soda for pH adjustment?
Got some salt for...general fish relief.
And a big bottle of bacteria that I plan on using the entire thing. And some new filter pads/zeocarb. Ive only got 2 tiny buckets(9L) and a small siphon at my disposal.
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Buy a bucket if needed, I personally think there is no way to clean that tank without dismantling it. Take everything out, scrubby dub dub, refill, and acclimate the fish. But make sure to keep the bio media from the filter and don't wash the gravel under tap I guess. Then make sure the owner knows to do wc's and keep the filter working! Also, maybe get floaters and fast growing plants to keep down ammonia and stuff. I actually let my tank get to that stage at one point, but I have no idea what the tests said. Most fish survived and the plants were salvageable.

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Being a contractor myself, i'd say it depends on how much the owner is willing to pay.

I'd vote negative on the tear down as you risk a recycle. Also do my best not to displace the plants. You have virtually the best root tabs in the substrate. I'd first work on the glass and scrape whatever is unsightly on the hardscape and focus on the water last while keeping the filters running. Honestly i'd do this in two phases with the first phase being to just clean the filters and return in a week or two, then focus on the tank....

I did the same for a backyard goldfish pond which was neglected for 50 years. a neighbor helped take a shovel full out and quickly dunked it back due to the smell. march through the tough stuff and the rest is cake...

The good news is the tank already has much of its water displaced :P

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I would go for the full 80% change, replace the mechanical pads in the filter, vacuum around the roots of the plants. Baking soda in case there's a pH swing from the soft water and garbage in the tank. I wouldn't tear it down because I can't imagine rehoming all those fish anywhere else.

P.S. Enjoy that clogged filter!

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I already filled it to the top today as some sort of...'Okay heres some clean water in your system, get used to it, cuz theres gunna be a lot more Friday' Theres a magfloat that I already used- what an awesome thing. Dont care intensely about the re-cycling because I doubt the filter has anything live in there at this point. I want to keep the gravel in there though. Already quoted my price for him (which is very low...) so..whelp.

My biggest worry is killing the fish.
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i would throw the filter media in the tank to save the bacteria whilst you clean.
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Highlights for today

Told a friend's 8 yr old son that respect isn't something that just comes to us. its earned by being selfless and giving. I think he got it...

Also tried a creamcheese donut. it was delicious

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Told a friend's 8 yr old son that respect isn't something that just comes to us. its earned by being selfless and giving. I think he got it...

Also tried a creamcheese donut. it was delicious
cream cheese donut? you should share :<
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i only discovered it today while on assignment. actually there wasnt much food around the area so i really lucked out.

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Told a friend's 8 yr old son that respect isn't something that just comes to us. its earned by being selfless and giving. I think he got it...

Also tried a creamcheese donut. it was delicious
I'll trade you an extra thick blonde!
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i'll assume you are referring to the donut

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post #555 of 1382 (permalink) Old 10-18-2012, 05:05 AM
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Blondie, not blonde, DYAC!

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