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So much fish poop - CUC?

I've got a lot of fish poop that builds up on my driftwood. I blow it off with a baster but then it just gets hidden elsewhere.

Is there a good CUC for fish poop?
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I've got a lot of fish poop that builds up on my driftwood. I blow it off with a baster but then it just gets hidden elsewhere.

Is there a good CUC for fish poop?
what is CUC?
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CUC = "Clean up crew."
I've never heard of fish poop build up. How many fish you have in your tank?
You have a lot of plants?

Not sure if anything eats poop - maybe a pleco..
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CUC = "Clean up crew."
I've never heard of fish poop build up. How many fish you have in your tank?
You have a lot of plants?

Not sure if anything eats poop - maybe a pleco..
Any poop can build up if there's a flow dead zone. You either need a snail that will crawl across and knock it out of the dead zone or some shrimp will eat poop, although not if there's a better food source somewhere else. After that I think copepods and detritus worms will also feed on fish poop but take forever to eat it down.
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I have 13 tetras that I believe make most of it. At this point the only solution I see is basting and then vacuuming it out with my water change. I have a pleco already too.

Tank was just re-done a little over a week ago. Not "heavily" planted yet but maybe 50% ground cover at this point.

The build up is right under my HOB. I already have around 350 GPH in this 20 gallon.
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Take a close look at the ingredients of the food you're feeding. Years ago when I fed foods that were primarily fish meal and lots of grain starch, my fish always had 'contrails' of poop hanging out and generated a fair amount of waste (grain fillers just pass through as waste).
Once I switched to high quality food, the waste significantly reduced and no more conpooptrails! .... believe it or not
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Food has been mainly National Geographics Tropical Fish Flakes from Petsmart. Not the best but from the ingredients I see it is not the worst. Any suggestions for high quality food? I have tetras and a betta
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Food has been mainly National Geographics Tropical Fish Flakes from Petsmart. Not the best but from the ingredients I see it is not the worst. Any suggestions for high quality food? I have tetras and a betta
Omega One, Almost Natural, New Life Spectrum are my top choices.
HOWEVER, I'm not positive, but I've read that NG Tropical flakes is Omega One with the NG labeling - may say mfg by Omega Sea on it somewhere.

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Plecos are big poopers for sure. One of their negatives. And food with good ingredients and less fillers should result in less poo since more of the food will be digested and absorbed. Same with our food and other pet food. Crap in, big craps out. Feed a quality food and what comes out is a lot less since more gets used.

Since poop is the topic...several years ago I decided to try eating raw vegan. Just to try it out. Did it for about 4 months and it was ok. But one thing I noticed...with all the fiber and basically eating very nutrient dense foods...my...ummmm...deposits became less frequent, like every other day...and really small. It was kinda crazy and neat at the same time to see the change. Then I eat garbage and I'm pooping twice a day and choking the toilet into submission. Sorry about the TMI.


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+1 On New Life Spectrum, I've heard good things about them, though I'm using NorthFin Betta Bits, and my betta loves them. They're 1mm and uniform in size, guaranteed minimum 45% protein and cheap on Amazon for a bag that was big enough it'll probably last me his entire lifespan, lol.

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The stuff I'm using now doesn't have that much fiber. Maybe ill switch to another food and see what happens. Currently feed my reef tank NLS pellets and they work well. Just noticed yesterday how much poop was in the tank lol
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It could just be the pleco. They are poop machines.


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If you feed less, they will poop less.
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If you feed less, they will poop less.
Really depends on the fish. Plecs poop a lot no matter how much you feed.

I remember when I kept red tail sharks/rainbow sharks and they never ate flake/pellets and they were poopin machines, constantly making a mess
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