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>My tank is full of detritus.
I had the same problem on a well established 70 (5 years
and still going). I found that I had to clean the filter
weekly to keep it flowing and even that wasn't enough
sometimes. I recently got a diatom filter (Vortex XL)
and that had made a world of difference. The first time
I cleaned with it I got an amazing amount of coffee
looking sludge out of the tank. It looks so much better
now. I have no idea where all the garbage come from, since
it really didn't look that bad when I started, but it was
there none the less. I had to run it for several hours and
keep the tank somewhat stirred up as well as spot vacuum,
but it was worth the effort. I plan on using it once a
month or so it doesn't build up like that again.