Cleaning questions

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by jmoneyisback, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    So I'm doing a water change today or tomorrow and have a couple of questions..

    1) What's the best way to get the gravel around the plants without disturbing them too much? I had a diatom situation so a decent portion of my top layer is covered in it so I want to clean it. Also, what's the best way to clean the gravel? Just rinse and rub that stuff off?

    2) Should I be cleaning the part on the HOB filter that is in the tank and sucks the water up?



  2. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    You can just poke the gravel vacuum around the roots of the plant to get any debris out of them.

    Pick up a couple of nerite snails to help clean up your diatoms. They will happily eat it. You can try and wipe them off but there isn't an easy way to get them off substrate and they usually come right back :(

    I got rid of mine by picking up some Seachem Phosguard and putting it in my filter. I also got a phosphate test. My diatoms are totally gone now. They are the one thing that can ruin an experience of a new tank. You can try and wait it out but if they're in your source water they will always be an issue, some are also added in with food.

    Yes, definitely rinse your filter materials in a bucket of tank water you take out. If you have never rinsed them they are probably very dirty and may take some swishing around in a few buckets of old tank water. You can also use dechlorinated tap but tank water is always safe.

    If you meant the impeller, then yes, usually the tube pulls right off and your can clean it with a bottle brush or toothbrush. The impeller itself is often easy to remove and clean with a toothbrush itself.

  3. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    How many snails do you think? I have a 29 gallon tank. Will they be safe with a BR and Krib in the tank?

  4. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Is BR a blue ram? If yes, my ram totally ignores them, most fish do and they can hide in their shells if there is an issue. I don't know about the krib.

    I have two in my 30 long. You don't have to feed them separately, the diatoms, algae and bio-film usually are enough. You can not clean the back wall if you want to make sure there is a readily available food source for them though once the diatoms are gone.

    Edit: I see you meant bolivian ram. Yes, should be fine. Even my betta in another tank ignores them.
  5. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    Bolivian ram. I wiped the front and the sides the other week. But with all the plants and the cave, I can't get to the back part of the tank, so I'm sure there's plenty of diatoms for them over there.
  6. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    Just picked up 3 snails---they are kind of on the small side, but I'll just let them do their thing.
  7. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Did you get the zebra or the polka dot?
  8. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    It looks like this but they're only about 1/2" so it's hard to differentiate the lines.

  9. GekcoWell Known MemberMember

    I call that one a tire track nerite, I have one in my tank (lines are farther apart) with 2 zebra nerites.

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  10. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    Just a thought. My kribs pick on the mystery snail in my 55. There's enough space for him to just go elsewhere in the tank, but if it's near the krib then the krib will poke at it.

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  11. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    So this morning one of the snails was on the heater. A couple hours later, it was upside laying on the gravel...

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  12. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Sometimes they fall off things and have a hard time righting themselves. Did you flip him back over? I have to do this here and there with mine.
  13. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    Yeah I flipped him over. Just checked, still in the same place...
  14. GekcoWell Known MemberMember

    How long ago did you flip him? I know my moms snails sometimes take 4-5 hours to come out of their shells.
  15. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    I have read that snails can stay in one place for a long time. Being new to the tank, it may think it is hiding.
  16. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Take it out and smell it. If it's dead, you'll know it. There is nothing to worry to much about right now though. Snails, plecos, otos hang out on filters all the time will no ill effects.
  17. jmoneyisbackValued MemberMember

    It was on the heater, not the filter. But it moved, so it's all good.
  18. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Mine get on the heater sometimes too and I think, eventually they must get off right? right? right? lol. It hasn't killed any of them yet so I figure they must figure out its hot and get off.
  19. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Sorry. I mis-typed. I meant to say that snails, plecos, and otos hang out on heaters all the time with no problems. If the snail is dead, it was not from the heater.

    Glad that it's inching around your tank again.
  20. GekcoWell Known MemberMember

    Well, it depends on the heater you actually have some run cool. I know mine (fluval m) doesn't really get that hot.

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