Keeping substrate clean between weekly maintenance

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by sawchynegger, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. sawchynegger

    sawchynegger Valued Member Member

    I was wondering if anyone has found an effective way to collect debri (mostly fish poop) from the substrate between weekly gravel/sand vacuums. I'm running a Aquaclear 110 HOB, Penguin 350 HOb, and Fluval 406 canister on my 180 gallon. I was thinking of adding 2 sponge filters with the hope that they will collect some of the poo:) Will this be helpful? it's mostly a new world cichlid tank but I have a growing CAE in there that makes a mess. I also want to add a royal pleco so that will just add fuel to the fire. The other thing I was considering was adding a circulation pump near the substrate hoping it will blast debri into the water column and be collected by the other filters. Thoughts?

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  2. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

    What you proposed is exactly what I would do. I would add a powerhead or two near the substrate to suspend all of the fish waste and leftover food in the water column until the filter picks it all up.
     
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    sawchynegger

    sawchynegger Valued Member Member

    Sweet. I'll prob do that. Do you think the sponge filters would help at all?

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  4. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    The sponge filters might help, but if some fish waste falls in it you'll still see it until it decomposes. Also from what I know sponge filters don't really add any water flow.


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    sawchynegger

    sawchynegger Valued Member Member

    The sponges are definitely unattractive and prob add very little bio filtration especially in a 180. I'm just hoping it helps collect the debri. I could tuck 1 behind some wood or something. Idk. I'll prob just start with the power head idea and go from there. Thanks all

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  6. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    Sponge filters work excellent for bio filtration, not as well for mechanical. In your tank, and with the filtration you already have I don't see how they would benefit you that much. I'd try the power heads and see how that works.


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    sawchynegger

    sawchynegger Valued Member Member

    Thanks for the advice BD.

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