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Re: Cleanliness is next to...
Hi, Charlie -
In answer to your question. One way is to leave the "gunk", or at least
some of it, pretty much in place. Lots of microorganisms in there that the
fry can feed on.
As for siphoning out water, it's easy. Just put a fine mesh net over the
outlet end of teh siphon, then rinse the net out in the fry tank to release
any fry that got sucked up. Most of them will come through this experience
just fine, as long as the water flow isn't too great. Alternatively, if teh
containers are fairly small, scoop out the water using a clean plastic cup
or deli container, still pouring through a net to capture any stray fry.
Our you could pour the water straight into a temporary container and let
it sit for a while, then check for swimming fry that need to be returned to
the tank. A matter of your convenience and preference on this ...
Just my two cents' worth -
----- Original Message -----
From: "Charlie Langton" <langton at vesterheim_org>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2002 12:33 PM
Subject: Cleanliness is next to...
> A newbie's tank maintenance question for all you folks out there using
> sponge filters you've been talking so much about lately --- So let's say
> have a 10-gallon tank with a Flourite substrate, Java moss, five or six
> crypts, a piece of driftwood -- and fry and/or eggs -- how do you safely
> vacuum the gunk off the substrate, or even siphon out water for water
> changes, without slurping up eggs or young?
> George Morris has a way around this by using UG filters and siphoning out
> water and gunk through a second uplift tube, which in the long run sounds
> nice and easy to me, but golly gee, after just a few tanks, it can run
> more than a few bucks! Better safe than cheap, of course, but maybe
> one or two of you sponge-filter aficionados who might have developed a
> fairly safe cleaning technique even a newbie could handle...
> Charlie Langton in Decorah, IA
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