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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2012, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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Need help dusting my plants.

I am having trouble keeping these small brown dust ball looking things off of my plants and everything. Anyone know what i can do? Or what it migt be?
My tank is a 47 gallon with a magnum 250 on it. The plants are growing crazy theyre just dirty looking. Its not attatched to they plants like algae but more like floating debris that has settled.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2012, 05:10 AM
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May be diatoms, but more likely debris from lack of filtration and water circulation. A single magnum 250 is only about half of what you need for a 47g if its running at full flow, which when packed with media, probably isn't. Think about adding a second and getting a circulation pump/power head IMO :]
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May be diatoms, but more likely debris from lack of filtration and water circulation. A single magnum 250 is only about half of what you need for a 47g if its running at full flow, which when packed with media, probably isn't. Think about adding a second and getting a circulation pump/power head IMO :]
+1. Only difference is I'd recommend getting a canister filter.

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Thats what i thought. Wanted a second opinion before money was spent.
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To give you some idea of what to shoot for, the general rule of thumb with planted tanks is 10x turnover rate per hour. So for a 47g tank, you'd want to shoot for around 470gph total filtration. Completely disregard the tank size notations on the filters because those are only for empty tanks (if even that).

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I get those too, especially in my 5.5 that only has a sponge filter. I don't think it affects water quality because my readings are perfect as far as nitrite, amm, and nitrate. I think it's just a buildup of plant debris and processed snail poop since the tank hasn't been stocked with anything. Just suck it up during WCs...
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Definitely agree that better water circulation should help, but there's always a few low flow spots in planted tanks and stuff can get kicked up from substrates when you're working in the tank.

Most of the time I just kick up a little extra current with my hand to dust things off, but if the space is too tight I use a turkey baster to create little jets of water or to suck up bits of debris from between plants.
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