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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Dealing with pleco poo

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So I’ve got a pleco in my discus tank with a sand bottom, it doesn’t matter how well I syphon there are always bits that get missed, stuck in inaccessible areas etc and as I fill the tank back the currents stirs it up and it lays on my sand again, and if I fill the tank up carefully then within a day or 2 there’s poo all over the sand...

So has anyone got any tricks that might help combat this. I am toying with the idea of getting some power heads to blow it off the sand maybe just to blow it to one side of The tank, even if it’s something I can turn on for 10 minutes in a morning and evening to make the tank better to look at.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 09:21 PM
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Yep light sand will show everything and plecos are the worst. I always thought they should call them BMs and not BNs. Some discus keepers seem to like the fact that you can see the waste and take it out, but if you really don't want to see it slowly swap our the substrate to something dark.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 02:36 PM
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Agreed- when I had my pleco is was a constant PITA. I ended up switching to a beige colored sand instead of white.

I also got an internal filter that would 'rustle' things off the bottom once a day on a timer and the other filter would pick a lot of it up.... but in general, I will never have a pleco again.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 06:44 PM
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In anticipation of this issue I capped my white sand with natural multi coloured gravel (a thin layer). It hides it well.
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