haridaze haridaze
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Uncontrollable ammount of fish poo #1
Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and need some advice.

I have a problem with fish waste and its getting to the point where I'm cleaning the substrate in my tank almost 3 times a day which is crazy but there is a ridiculous ammount.

I have a 120L tank with 3 nerite snails and 3 fish. A gold gourami, a rainbow shark and a flash pleco all around 4 inches in size (the shark and gourami get on perfectly considering the gourami is very aggressive) I was feeding them once a day but now I've changed to every other day to try and keep the ammount of waste down.

I really have no idea what's going on and I've never had this problem before so any help would be appreciated, I've tried to look online for help but the only issue ive come across is over stocking a tank a problem which I definetly don't have (yet, I know the shark and the gourami are going to get big)

Thanks in advance!
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  • Posted on: 13/1 14:48
Re: Uncontrollable ammount of fish poo #2
A couple of points:
* the nerites and pleco are almost certainly responsible - when they eat wood, waste is almost continuously produced [I've learned to accept this as part of the natural 'decor' - but would siphon / water change more often if it impaired water quality (any presence of ammonia or nitrite, or if nitrates went above 20)];
* if you upgrade the tank (and filter accordingly) to the appropriate size required by the various species which will be necessary as they grow and before it's too late such as one attacking another [min size = https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/ ... natum/?sfw=pass1610548586], that may take care of the waste problem to a certain extent.
haridaze haridaze
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Re: Uncontrollable ammount of fish poo #3
That makes so much sense now it has really been bothering me because I just didn't think it was possible for them to produce that much waste haha, and yes about the tank also I'm in the process of saving for a much larger tank hopefully around 250/300L. Thank you so much for your advice!