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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2019, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Bacterial bloom due to waste buildup when you have a carpet

Hey guys, I have 10 gallon with the entire bottom carpeted by SR. It's been established for about a year and a half now. Over the last few weeks I've had cloudy water that gets real bad over night, then clears a bit throughout the day but is cumulative. Water changes will reduce it but it always comes back within 3 days.

I think this may be due to a buildup or organic waste in the substrate but since I can't vaccume the substrate due to the carpet, I'm at a loss for what to do. Does anyone have and suggestion for how I can solve this issue?
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What type of filter do you have and when was the last time you changed the fine filter material?


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I have a marineland HOB and replaced the filter floss about 3 days ago.
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Turkey baster or similar, use it to blast the carpet while you do a water change. Several videos on youtubber.


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I'm guessing SR means staurogyne repens? I'm able to press my vacuum tube into it to get a lot of caca out from under it. The turkey baster works well too. What kind of cleanup crew are you using? I've found that snails, especially MTS, help a lot by breaking down waste efficiently making it easier to biologically process.

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Try adding a uv filter for a couple of weeks.


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Have you tried using a gravel vac by hovering just above the carpet making circular motions. The detritus/mulm should pop up out of there.

I don't have a carpet, but I have pool filter sand as the substrate with a couple of Cories and Malaysian Trumpet Snails. I never touch the substrate as it remains clean. (Been 8+ years since I switched to sand).

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