1. Please clear out your caches and cookies and restart your desktop browser and mobile browser. Thanks!
    Dismiss Notice

My cichlid tank is super dirty!

Discussion in 'Central and South American Cichlids' started by Macenzi, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. Macenzi

    Macenzi
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2013
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Statesboro
    Last Seen:
    Oct 20, 2015
    I've had it heavier stocked than it currently is, but now it's randomly become filthy with a smell, feces everywhere, I have not changed my filter pads for a while, is that the reason? Or is it something else. I changed them today of course +40% wc.

    90 gallon
    12 spotted gar
    8" red devil
    5" oscar
    4.5" pacu
    3x 3" jewel
    5.5" blood parrot
    2" convict
    5" red tail shark
    2x 10" pleco

    As I said I've had tank more stocked than this so I don't know what's up.
    Plecos and gar are being rehomed soon and pacu when it's larger.


    Sent from my iPad using MonsterAquariaNetwork app
     
  2. Crazy mike

    Crazy mike
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Michael
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Messages:
    3,531
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Vacaville,California
    Last Seen:
    Saturday at 1:22 AM
    If your feeding NLS could be that. I've noticed that since I started feeding it my cichlid poop more frequently and larger sizes


    Sent from my iPod touch using MonsterAquariaNetwork app
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. trace

    trace
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,447
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    538
    Location:
    Hamer Idaho
    Last Seen:
    Apr 11, 2016
    This is due likely to either feeding too large a pellet or over feeding. It is incredibly nutrient dense so your fish need to eat far less than with other foods( which most people still over feed). In your case if the only mess you really are seeing is extra feces than it's likely over feeding. Don't feel bad it's easy to do. If your filter pads are a red color that's another likely sign of either overfeed in got feeding too large a pellet.
    As for the op that tank is very heavily stocked even after said fish are removed. That isn't a huge amount if water volume. You will be happier with a lighter stock as will your fish.


    Sent from my iPhone using MonsterAquariaNetwork app
     
  4. neutrino

    neutrino
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    640
    Likes Received:
    63
    Trophy Points:
    31
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    Last Seen:
    Yesterday at 11:42 PM
    It's not always how many fish, but species of fish makes a difference, some are a lot messier than others-- one possibility. Food can make a difference (obviously overfeeding can be a factor), but as soon as you mention specific brands of food you start a debate that imo doesn't really answer your question in this instance.

    Dirty filter can make a difference (also dirty substrate, etc.), certainly to overall water quality, and theoretically to how fast solid waste is broken down-- and therefore how much is visible. Has to do with redox, little complicated to explain, but basically it's an aspect of water chemistry that can affect how quickly solid wastes break down into smaller components.

    But the first thing that I see right now is not just how many fish but types of fish in your tank. Oscars are messy, large plecos are messy, etc.
     
  5. DBLN8

    DBLN8
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Messages:
    608
    Likes Received:
    178
    Trophy Points:
    46
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Bowie Maryland
    Home Page:
    Last Seen:
    Today at 5:58 AM
    way over stocked.. you would need to be doing a huge WC every day to keep up with that bio load. What kind of filter's are you running? Have you checked the water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
     
  6. Halfduzndad

    Halfduzndad
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2012
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Virginia
    Last Seen:
    Dec 14, 2013
    If you are using an under gravel filter, try removing a couple caps, or lift tubes at each plate. Then stick a hose in each hole and siphon out some of the debris. It may just be too much mulm under the plates and the debris is being pushed back into the tank. Also, I agree with the others it is way overstocked.
     
  7. Macenzi

    Macenzi
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2013
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Statesboro
    Last Seen:
    Oct 20, 2015
    I run two hang on the back filters, ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10ppm.

    I know it's overstocked but I found a couple fish that I wanted to keep for life, so I got them and now I just need to re home others. But I usually keep slightly overstocked tanks


    Sent from my iPhone using MonsterAquariaNetwork app
     
  8. Macenzi

    Macenzi
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2013
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Statesboro
    Last Seen:
    Oct 20, 2015
    I just moved the tank 4 hours so maybe all the dirt just got out of substrate


    Sent from my iPhone using MonsterAquariaNetwork app
     
  9. spool212

    spool212
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2007
    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    nc
    Last Seen:
    Feb 13, 2016
    I say get bigger better filters mybe 2 aquaclear and a powerhead to keep water movement for the filters to catch cut down on feeding that's what I would do

    Sent from my SPH-D710BST using MonsterAquariaNetwork App
     
  10. krichardson

    krichardson
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2006
    Messages:
    18,637
    Likes Received:
    850
    Trophy Points:
    171
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Datnoid Island
    Last Seen:
    Today at 12:51 AM
    Sounds like you've been slacking off on vacuuming the gravel...Although you didn't mention what kinds of hang on filters you have it does not sound as if they will be able to handle that bio load so you should look into a wet/dry sump system to ad to or replace one of them.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

Share This Page