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Mulm removal???

One of my tanks has recently had a ton of mulm build up. So much that mechanical removal is not working. Is there any other way besides vacuuming it up? Just curious.


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so is there no other way? Chemical maybe?


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Man, I'm suprised no one is helping you out. I think the big mystery snails will eat dead vegetation. Pond snails too but they are a pest.
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I would go ahead and vacum it up. It's not that hard anyway. You should try to vacum out as much as you can at each water change, and save heavy cleanings for every other month or so. I just pulled up a 4 inch high mat of glosso yesterday and you should have seen the mulm under there. Not that I'm lazy, but with 4.8 wpg and ei dosing, it grows that much in about a month. Just be carefull not to get it too much into the water column.

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There is supposed to be a product that contains "millions of sludge eating bacteria that eat detritus."

I suppose it works along the same lines as the stuff you put in your toilet with septic systems.

I do not trust it, however.

I'd prefer to siphon it out when I did water changes.

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There is supposed to be a product that contains "millions of sludge eating bacteria that eat detritus."

I suppose it works along the same lines as the stuff you put in your toilet with septic systems.
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One of my tanks has recently had a ton of mulm build up. So much that mechanical removal is not working. Is there any other way besides vacuuming it up? Just curious.
Oblivious question: Are you using a siphon to try and get it out?

What substrate is it?

Add a power head to stir it up so the filter can get it


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ya trying to siphon but its every where. My rocks have alot of crevasses that I cant vacuum. Was just trying to avoid the tear down so to speak to get rid of it all.


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It can be a pain. I also pull the plants up very slowly. and turn off the filter so it doesn't get circulated through the water.

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ya trying to siphon but its every where. My rocks have alot of crevasses that I cant vacuum. Was just trying to avoid the tear down so to speak to get rid of it all.
I would definitely go with total tear down,you do it once and you are fine for at least a couple of years.
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You could go with a diatom filter and stir everything up while it's in the tank. That would take some of the load off your service filter. Water polishing is the only thing I can think of beside what youíre up to now.

I use a waving motion with my hand while trimming to get mulm out of dead spots. Also change the output (if possible) on occasion so the dead spots move a bit... I've lately moved around a hobby pump to hit dead spots for a few days.

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After trying to siphon out all I can. I try to suspend the rest with a turkey baster and use an extra powerhead with a filter sleeve to help remove it.

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