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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2013, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Party in the Front, Dirty Business from the Back!

Ok, so all the grooming and trimming to get the tank looking good and detrius free from the front results in this:



And even from the sides, I try to 'scape a nice perspective, cleaned of loose leaves and such (CO2 bubbles there make for a nice space scene for the Celestial Pearl Danio too!)



But then I was curious - I can never reach to the back because the background plants are too dense. What lurked behind the stems and petrified wood? Did I really want to know? I squeezed an iPhone in the space between the back glass and wall, turned on the flash, and saw THIS.



Just a pile of dead leaves and whatnot totally building up, probably an algae forest back there too, and funny enough a shrimp haven for dead stuff to eat. Can you imagine if the back of the tank was the front of the tank? EWW! I'm very tempted to uproot stems and lift out petrified wood to get back there, but I guess what isn't disturbed and isn't seen shouldn't bother me as long as the water params are fine (which they are).

So, anyone else want to be brave and show an ugly shot of the back of their tank, after showing us the visible panes?


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2013, 03:31 AM
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I have these tongs.....

http://www.bigalspets.com/aquatic-gardener-27-25.html

They are pretty long and could maybe reach back there to help grab any leaf debris. They also have a cutting attachment which can help to trim any dying stuff before it falls off in the first place. They are very helpful, and keep my hands out of tank, when possible.
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Out of sight, out of mind.
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i think that's blue green algae, consider block the light using black tape/ paper, it will die w/o light. i think.
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hmm that's what i'm kinda worried about - most of that goop is leaf-shaped so i know it's just decayed leaves, but what if it becomes a seedbed for some nasty stuff later? kinda want to pluck it all out but getting back there would really disrupt the tank.

interesting looking tongs dolfan - i have some long pincettes but they can't get back there without mangling stems.

maybe i'll go with punk's idea and just ignore it until the tank crashes, then i know right where to go for the problem area, haha!

so, no one else wants to try taking a pic of their tank's unseen side?


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I came here expecting to see a "mullet" tank.

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Well it is more "Joe Scum" back there than "Joe Dirt" for sure, hah.


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Well if it hasn't crashed now i dont think it will any time soon lol. if anything you can put a small powerhead to get some flow back there to avoid some algae growth, and that way it'll blow the gunk around to get picked up by the filter.

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maybe i'll go with punk's idea and just ignore it until the tank crashes, then i know right where to go for the problem area, haha!
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