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I pulled up a plant today to put in another tank which caused a lot of debris to kick up, that was about 6 hrs ago and I can still see bits in the water, I’m now worrying that my filter isn’t working properly. It’s a fluval 303 on a 30 gallon tank.
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What is the substrate?



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Substrate is gravel
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When I clean my tanks they are a little "cloudy" for an hour or two but then get crystal clear . There is always a bit of plant leaf or other detritus floating around though lol . I use HOB filters by the way .

My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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When is the last time you did a gravel vac? My guess is that there could be quite a bit of detritus in the gravel that may have kicked up something pretty nasty, causing the cloudy water.



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I do a gravel vacuum once a week with my 40% water change. Just the top layer though otherwise it kicks up too much yuck. My siphon is a bit naff tho, it often clogs and only picks up the finest particles. The gravel has been in there for years, I’m scared to change it in case I throw off the chemical balance in there. I can never gravel vac the whole tank because of all the plants etc.
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Still cloudy today? Is the canister filter flowing any water??



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A couple things that need to be given some thought. One is that I never want to risk killing too much good bacteria at one time to cause a spike so I do not want to move and rearrange the substrate at the same time I clean the filter as both do kill some bacteria. That leads me to not do the dirt work and then clean the filter! Rather, I like to clean the filter, give the bacteria a few days to fully recover and then do the dirt work. That leaves the filter media more ready to do the cleanup without being half full and then hit with the excess?
We all have to sort out how much cleaning /vaccing is right for us and how we do each tank. Deep vacs are right for some but I do want to point out that the folks who do dirt tanks DO NOT deep vac! Once my tank is fully grown in and has roots nearly.
everywhere, I do not tear them out to get the dirt out.
One way to deal with a temp situation like you have is to have an extra HOB handy to set on the tank for a while to get the excess out. It has the advantage of being pretty cheap and easy to clean while not going into anything that is prone to create a spike. But that also means we have to collect more of that closet full of "stuff".
But it sure is handy to set one on, let it clear the tank and then clean it and set it back in the closet, cause I'm probably going to need it again!
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Still cloudy today? Is the canister filter flowing any water??
No itís not cloudy but can still see bits in the water.

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A couple things that need to be given some thought. One is that I never want to risk killing too much good bacteria at one time to cause a spike so I do not want to move and rearrange the substrate at the same time I clean the filter as both do kill some bacteria. That leads me to not do the dirt work and then clean the filter! Rather, I like to clean the filter, give the bacteria a few days to fully recover and then do the dirt work. That leaves the filter media more ready to do the cleanup without being half full and then hit with the excess?
We all have to sort out how much cleaning /vaccing is right for us and how we do each tank. Deep vacs are right for some but I do want to point out that the folks who do dirt tanks DO NOT deep vac! Once my tank is fully grown in and has roots nearly.
everywhere, I do not tear them out to get the dirt out.
One way to deal with a temp situation like you have is to have an extra HOB handy to set on the tank for a while to get the excess out. It has the advantage of being pretty cheap and easy to clean while not going into anything that is prone to create a spike. But that also means we have to collect more of that closet full of "stuff".
But it sure is handy to set one on, let it clear the tank and then clean it and set it back in the closet, cause I'm probably going to need it again!
I had cleaned the filter the day before so am a bit perplexed as to why it was so slow to clear. Iíll stick an HBO in there for a bit, but Iím still worried my canister should be doing more than it is. The flow seems fine tho? 🤔

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Sticking an intake sponge on may help as you can pull that off easily to clean regularly rather than taking the canister apart. You could also add some finer floss as that will remove smaller particles.
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