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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-30-2019, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Need advice on filtration options.

Let me start off by saying i have had fish tanks off and on for over 20 years. Continually for 10 years. I set up a 75 gallon tank with alot of plants. Two Aquaclear 110's with 2 filter max pre-filters each. Two preset heaters. Two pawfly micro bubblers. I am unfortunately overstocked due to not realizing how much black mollies breed. I also have a very large goldfish. Multiple types of tetras. Chinese algae eaters. A blue lobster. Various cory cats and other small catfish. I have about 50 to 60 fish in total. I know getting rid of alot of fish would be the easiest answer.

My main issue is the massive amount of clogging and gunk in the filter. I am changing jobs and won't be home for almost 2 months. I need a way to alow my filters to flow and be somewhat stable for that time.

I am think of switching the filter media to only a combination of seachem matrix and purigen. No sponge other than the pre filters. I would like to know yalls oppinons and advice on the best way to keep my tank alive while im gone. I have n no one to look after it (other than feeding) for that time.

If there is a better way then this please let me know.
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A couple of larger cannister filters will do the job.
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Dude get rid of them messy goldfish, thin out 80% of molly. Then before you leave do water change, clean, clean out sponges in Aquaclear in old change water and then just float those sponges in tank.

Your gravel bed is your main bio filter anyway, just run aquaclear as water circulators.
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I know getting rid of most the fish will work but i cant seem to bring myself to just throw them out.

What about switching to purigen and matrix without the sponge only the prefilter.
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Im not a fan of aquaclear filters. I've flooded my room before because the aquaclear gunked up and overflowed out of the tank.

I recommend canister filters for reliability
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Aquaclear have a built in overflow to prevent it flooding. Unless it was completely unbalanced it should not of overflowed. When mine gunks up it just stops flowing all together.

Some pics for further insight. My plant load is light in these but i have about 50 or so more plants going in soon.
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Never going to happen. I doubt you could even skip a week with that huge fish load and almost zero plant load. All you can do is take that foam off input of ACís, remove foam from inside ACís and just hope when you get back everythingís not dead.

Iíd also cover 1/4 of surface with frogbit right before you leave.
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Sadly my new job fell thru. So i don't have to worry about the time away. I found someone to take the goldfish and the black mollies. I added more plants as well. I will keep yall updated on progress.
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Aquaclear have a built in overflow to prevent it flooding. Unless it was completely unbalanced it should not of overflowed. When mine gunks up it just stops flowing all together.

Some pics for further insight. My plant load is light in these but i have about 50 or so more plants going in soon.
That's really weird, mine easily overflows out of the container...
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